This visit to Mexico was not meant to be a pleasure trip, but rather a time to take care of business prior making the permanent move south of the border. Most days have been filled with running errands, and poor Alejandro has had to battle Mexico City traffic on an almost daily basis driving me to places where we have to take care of the complexities of Mexican bureaucracy. As a result, I was hard-pressed to come up with material for my blog today.
I did find some photos, however, from my last trip that I never posted here. Toward the end of my visit in April / May, it went to one of Mexico City's newer art museums, Museo Kaluz. The museum is located downtown in an 18th century building that was used as lodging for Augustinian monks who were on their way from Spain to the Philippines. In the 20th century, the building was a boutique hotel.
The hotel closed, and for a number of years the building stood empty. In 2016 it was acquired by a wealthy businessman, and the interior was remodeled to house his collection of Mexican art. The museum opened in 2020. After the height of the pandemic, when I resumed my travels to Mexico, I visited the new museum. Although I liked the collection, I was annoyed by their policy that allowed photography with cell phones, but not with cameras. On my last trip, I found out that they had changed that policy, and that all non-flash photography was allowed. So, I made another trip to the museum.
Several of the rooms are devoted to Mexican landscape painting.
Manuel Serrano was a 19th century painter who did landscapes and folklore scenes.
The 20th century artist Gerardo Murillo, better known by his pseudonym of Dr. Atl, was obsessed with painting volcanoes.
Juan O'Gorman is best known for executing the enormous mosaic mural that covers four sides of the library of the National University of Mexico.