Mexico City's museums to stage variety of exhibits

MEXICO CITY -- This city is a mecca for museum lovers, with 85 cultural institutions dedicated to such subjects as anthropology, automobiles, architecture and modern art.

This summer and fall, several of the capital city's museums are staging exhibitions that are likely to appeal to most visitors' interests.

The following is a rundown of some of the more noteworthy exhibits.

  • Through Aug. 27, the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, at Justo Sierra 16, is displaying more than 150 documents, photographs and objects from the private archaeology collection of Sigmund Freud.
  • The display includes objects from a variety of cultures and ancient civilizations and demonstrates Freud's fascination with humanity's remote past.

    From Nov. 22 through January 2001, the Palacio de Bellas Artes will exhibit Mexican sculpture. The exhibition is on loan from the Freud Museum in London.

    Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso
    Phone: (011) 52-5 789-2505

  • Through Sept. 24, the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo International Rufino Tamayo, at Paseo de la Reforma and Gandhi, is showing a retrospective of 194 works by Mexican artist Juan Soriano.
  • Included in the exhibition are paintings, drawings, ceramics and sculptures.

    Museo de Arte Contemporaneo International Rufino Tamayo
    Phone: (011) 52-5 289-5839

  • Rufino Tamayo, meanwhile, is being feted at the museum that bears his name through August.
  • An exhibition of 15 works, which are part of the museum's permanent Tamayo collection, features such famous pieces as "The Woman in White" and the mural, "Homage to the Indian Race."

    Museo de Arte Contemporaneo International Rufino Tamayo
    Phone: (011) 52-5 289-5839

  • The Museo de Arte Moderno, Paseo de la Reforma and Gandhi, is exhibiting 159 engravings by the German expressionist Max Beckmann through Sept. 24.
  • The exhibition focuses on Beckmann's lithographs, etchings and xylographs. The collection is on loan from the Sprengel Museum in Hannover, Germany.

    Museo de Arte Moderno
    Phone: (011) 52-5 533-6233

  • Also at the Museo de Arte Moderno, photographs of Rolling Stones concerts in New York, Mexico City and Toronto by Mexican photographer Fernando Aceves will be on display through Sept. 10.
  • The photos reveal a candid, behind-the-scenes look at the rock group both on and off stage.

    Museo de Arte Moderno
    Phone: (011) 52-5 553-6233

  • From Nov. 22 through January, 2001, the Palacio de Bellas Artes, at Eje Central Lazaro, will present the second installment of 150 years of Mexican sculpture.
  • The exhibit, "From the Rupture to the Installation," will include 500 pieces of contemporary Mexican sculpture in copper, wood and tin from the 1960s through the 1990s.

    The first installment, which ran earlier this year, was dedicated to Mexican sculpture from the 19th century through the 1950s.

    Palacio de Bellas Artes
    Phone: (011) 52-5 512-3633

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