Wednesday, July 24, 2013

4 fabulous days in Mexico City.

My friend, Lena and I went to Mexico City for 4 nights and almost 5 days. We both love that city and immersed ourselves in seeing as much art as possible. Although we were prepared for rain everyday, it only drizzled in the evenings giving us glorious weather to explore and enjoy the days.

Friday, we took the luxury bus from San Miguel to D.F. and a cab to our hotel in Colonia Roma. After checking in, we headed to the Museo Frida Kahlo to see the new expansion and the collection of Frida's clothes, jewelry and shoes that was found locked away in a closet.

In Frida's garden

Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefono, sculpture in the courtyard

Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefono
3 artists' collaboration. many hundreds of match books Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefono
Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefono

I love this installation: wood, sand and paint

On the street before the performance

How can they dance like that on stilts?

The next day, Saturday,  we started with breakfast at Deliero, a fascinating cafe featuring organic, gourmet food and take out, where we had Greek baked eggs. That was a happy taste surprise. With full, satisfied stomachs we started our art fix at the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefono. We spent a couple of hours there before heading to the Museo de la Ciudad  de Mexio just to time to catch the street parade of stilt walkers announcing the opening of the Laura Anderson Barbata show and performances. We are among the few Gringos in the huge crowd. The stilt walkers/ dancers were amazing and have performed in many countries including at Occupy Wall Street.

After being served a tequila, we met the artist Laura Anderson Barbata and headed to the El Cardinal restaurant for an long lunch and a glass of wine.

 Inside the galleries were the installations of traditional and non-traditional costumes.

Recovering our energy we went to the Museo de la Mujer. The women's museum. Although it is small and in a dilapidated neighborhood, it was a high light of my adventure. The videos were fascinating.

Dinner at Nonsolo, an Italian restaurant close to our hotel. Tasty pasta and 2 for 1 wine until 8pm.

Sunday was the day to visit the Museum of Modern Art. That always is a visual treat. The first new show was huge . Hundreds of masterful paintings and drawing of cadavers during and after autopsies. This woman artist certainly was accomplished technically, but I didn't feel the need to photograph any of that work. There were 2 more big shows plus the newly curated permanent collection.

At the MOMA -Alfonso Mena. I was inspired
Lena in front of a mirrored book installtion. MOMA

Lena resting in front of the Tamayo Museum
Entrance to the MOMA

We went on the Chalpultapec park and the MUaC museum in the afternoon. I'll post more photos tomorrow