Museo Nacional de Arte - MUNAL, Mexico City
The Mexico City Museo Nacional de Arte has a fascinating collection and instantly became one of my favourite art museums. The grand staircase and the ceiling frescoes are alone worth the entry fee; the collection is very comprehensive and gives a great overview of Mexican art.
Quite often, Mexican artists embraced, used and modified European techniques and styles while painting genuinely "Mexican" themes and subjects. I admit that I liked best the extensive collection of 19th-century landscape paintings.
This bulding is one of my favorities around the downtown, it shows a notable architecture from the "Porfiriato" - Inside the bulding the archicture is amazing.
In here, you can enjoy an extraordinary collection of mexican art history, from the XVI century until 1950. You will be able to appreciate some master pices of Diego Rivera and Velazco.
This museum bulding was quite different from other in its architecture. Lobby is really big and especially double stairs surprised me with an arch under those...from stairs thru the huge windows you have pretty much 360°view from the palace.. This palace was built between 1904 and 1911 originally to host Communications department and all its branches..The museum and its permanent collection houses art from XIX and XX siecles..My favorite room was the Maria Asunsolo collection, as this mexican muse was painted in different stages in her life by all mexican artists at the time...If you like museums you cannot miss this one.
The National Art Museum is located in the building formerly known as the Communications Palace. This building should reflect the strength of the Porfirian Regime for which it was built. The construction is of historicist eclectic style, the usual in that time, highlighting the influence of the renaissance style on the lower levels. The upper levels were decorated with columns and neoclassical elements which harmonize with the slightly more austere lines of the neighboring Mining Palace.
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:30 to 17:30 hrs. Sundays free entrance.
This museum houses a collection of Mexican art ranging from the 16th to the first half of the 20th Centuries. Among the works in the National Art Museum, there are paintings by Juan Correa, Miguel Cabrera, Eugenio Landesio and the largest collection of paintings by the outstanding Mexican landscaper, Jose María Velasco, among others.
An impressive building located in the historic centre, it was built between 1905 and 1911 by the Italian architect Silvio Contri.
In the interior, the entrance hall is magnificent, it’s composed of several Corinthian columns, iron staircases and a ceiling with a beautiful painting which represents peace.
I didn't have the time to visit the inside of the National Museum of Art, but one of its most famous pieces sits outside. El Caballito is a beautiful equestrian statue of Charles IV, King of Spain and has been moved around the city over the years. It dates to the 18th century. You can visit the museum for a nominal charge (free on Sundays) and inside you'll find examples of Mexican art from the last 500 years.
This fine arts museum houses the collection of Mexican national art up to 20th Century. As such it has no Riveria or Kahlo's, these are all at the Modern art museum.