The Pieta at the Soumaya Museum

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

President Calderón and Carlos Slim inaugurated the Museo Soumaya

The pieta sculpture in mexicoTuesday night March 1, 2011, President Felipe Calderón led the inauguration ceremony of the Soumaya Museum , located in the Plaza Carso of Mexico City in a modern building that will house the art collection of the country’s largest private and Latin America, according to the press room of the Presidency of the Republic.

At the ceremony, which displays an art collection of more than 60 000 works, was attended by the Nobel laureate, Gabriel García Márquez, among others.

The new museum covers an area of ​​17 thousand square meters and has an exhibition area of ​​six thousand meters distributed over six floors, its facade is inspired by the works of French sculptor Auguste Rodin.

The building houses 16 collections exhibit the property of Carlos Slim Foundation, which includes pieces by Salvador Dali, Cezanne, Renoir and Matisse, Leonardo Da Vinci and Diego Rivera, among others, as well as historical documents of Hernan Cortes and Christopher Columbus a collection of prehispanic pieces from different Mesoamerican cultures.

The exhibition displayed in the entrance hall three unique and important works: “The Thinker” by Auguste Rodin, one of the few bronze foundries Part Trojan priest Laocoon and a still-life mural by Rufino Tamayo. The flat will be also a workshop area, shop, restaurant and an auditorium for 350 people.

Carlos Slim Foundation’s collection began as an individual tastes between the entrepreneur and his wife, now deceased, Mrs. Soumaya Slim Domit, has now become one of the most important in the international art world with 16 art collections giving a total of 66 000 pieces in which dialogue the great European masters, the artists of New Spain, the representatives of the “Mexican school of painting” and the initiators of the movement of the break in the decade of the twentieth century 50.

Soumaya Museum and Gallery Jumex in Square Carso, allow the public to enjoy an aesthetic experience ranging from pre-Columbian art to the most modern artistic bets. The exhibition will open to the public on March 28 and will open in a time of 10:30 to 19:30, and admission is free.

Original Article (Spanish): Presidente Calderón y Carlos Slim inauguran el Museo Soumaya

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