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Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts)

Listed under Fine Arts Museums in Mexico City, Mexico.

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This building was intended to be Mexico's national theatre, an Art Nouveau masterpiece.  Now it's an art gallery, home to some of Mexico's most wonderful murals, and a concert hall, so it retains some of its theatrical pedigree.  The Art Deco interior (it was completed by a different architect to the facade) holds two separate collections: the Museo de Bella Artes and the Museo de la Arquitectura.  The fine arts gallery's treasures were mostly produced in the three hundred years before 1950, and number around 6,000 engravings, sculptures and paintings.  Diego Rivera, also responsible for the grand murals in the Presidential Palace, is deservingly well represented.  The architectural exhibitions are at the top of the buildings under the impressive iron, conservatory style roof.  

The Ballet Folklorico de Mexico perform traditional pre-Hispanic dance performances here most Wednesdays and Sundays.  

 

Written by  Emilie Stokes.

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