Bellas Artes


I am a little late posting this but a couple of weeks ago, we spent a nice Saturday afternoon at the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, my absolute favorite building in the city (so far).

It's so beautiful!!

Bellas Artes houses the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, the Orquesta da Cámara de Bellas Artes and hosts multiple theatre companies, dance companies, and art exhibits. On the third floor, there are murals by famous Mexican artists such as Diego Rivera, Siqueiros, and others.

"El hombre en el cruce de caminos" by Diego Rivera. This mural is in Bellas Artes and is one of my favorites.

When we visited Bellas Artes, there was an exhibition of the works of Rafael Coronel and we LOVED it! The way he paints people, especially their faces, is truly incredible and I haven’t really seen anything like it before. The people just jump out of the canvas at you. There was an entire room devoted to portraits that he had painted, all from this year. This room was particularly amazing because the portraits were set on black and the entire room was black with the exception of spotlights on the paintings that made them even more real and lifelike.

As you can see from this painting, he uses a lot of very bright blues and reds that make the persons in the paintings stand out even more.

He also has a lot of works such as this one where the whole painting is very blurred except for the face of the person in it.

The artist standing in front of one of the portraits that I particularly liked.

There was also an architecture exhibit on the fourth floor and though it was interesting, neither one of us are architecture aficionados so we definitely spent more time in the art exhibit!

Ceiling of the building--beautiful!

After we finished inside, we walked around the area outside of the building, which is full of street vendors selling all kinds of things.

This is only a small portion of the vendors!

We will be back at Bellas Artes for a concert this weekend of all orchestral works by Mexican composers!


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