i’m in mexico city

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for liliana porter’s exhibition at museo tamayo de arte contemporaneo http://www.museotamayo.org.   the museum was mexican painter rufino tamayo’s gift to the mexican people.    designed by teodoro gonzalez de leon and built in  1981 it houses a small but very nice collection of work that tamayo collected.   ostensibly that work shows what influenced him.    it also contextualizes him in a most favorable way.  probably 15% of the exhibition space is devoted to changing exhibitions of the collection.    the vast majority of the very beautiful museum is devoted to contemporary exhibitions.

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the exterior of museo tamayo (admittedly, from the back)  makes reference to meso-american pyramids.    ok, and it’s a bit bunker-like.     but the interior is nice.   challenging exhibition spaces, but challenging in a good way, i think.  nice light.    nice scale.    central atrium:

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similarities to the berkeley art museum and the whitney.

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liliana lived in mexico city in the 1960’s.   her last solo show here was 35 years ago.   this is something of a homecoming…

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with liliana and maria jose at casa luis barragan

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we’re staying in hotel camino real, designed by ricardo legorreta in 1968.

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a view down a hall…

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the screen that makes the hall look pink…

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