Mexico can’t be beat for art & photography

Did you know that Mexico City has the largest concentration of museums and galleries than any other city in Mexico?  When it comes to art and culture in Latin America, Mexico City outshines the rest.  

Read on for the top spots for art, photography and culture in Mexico and the latest in Mexican art on the international scene.

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Top spots for art, culture, and photography in Mexico City

The National Museum of AnthropologyThe National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) boasts the most extensive collection on Mexico’s cultural heritage. It’s also known as one of the greatest museums in the world, where you can discover the archaeological artifacts on many of Mexico’s ancient cultures, including the Olmec, Mexica, Maya and Aztec.

The Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes) is the national Mexican institute of fine arts and literature in Mexico City. It here where classical music, opera and folk dance as well as ballet thrive in Mexico. Visit to hear Mexico’s National Symphony Orchestra or catch a show by the National Dance Company.

Tamayo Contemporary Art Museum (Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo) brings modern art to Mexico with a large collection of late-modernist sculptures and paintings by Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991). Other exhibits offer video and other new media forms of arts.

The Museum of Modern Art (Museo de Arte Moderno) has an important collection of both national and international 20th century art. You’ll find paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photography on display by post-Revolutionary artists like Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros.

The National Art Museum (Museo Nacional de Arte) is one of the most important art museums in Latin America due to its extensive collection, facilities and services. Here you’ll find 16 to 20th century paintings, antiques, sculptures, engravings, photography, manuscripts and even antique furniture.

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Contemporary Mexico photography shines in 2009

The calibre and creativity of Mexico’s artists was recently commended with the Grange Prize at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, Canada at the end of May 2009.  

Marco Antonio Cruz is this years winner of the Grange Prize. This photo is courtesy of the Mexico Tourism BoardThe Grange Prize ( is a partnership between Aeroplan and the Art Gallery of Ontario that recognizes the best in Canadian and International contemporary photography. The Mexico Tourism Board in Canada also worked as an important supporting sponsor of the Grange Prize and relation between Mexico and Canada.  

Each year, candidates from Canada and another country are selected as finalists for the prize of $50,000 and given recognition in their work in contemporary photography.  This year, Mexico was chosen as the partner country and two photographers, Marco Antonio Cruz and Federico Gama, were selected as finalists, along with Lynne Cohen and Jin-me Yoon from Canada.

The winner of the 2009 Grange Prize was Marco Antonio Cruz, a prominent photojournalist in Mexico.  Cruz’s work has shaped a visual memory that reveals the complexities of the time in Mexico through a point of view that is ethically and politically engaged yet with aesthetic clarity.

The Grange Prize exhibit, including winner Marco Antonio Cruz’s photographs, as well as other Grange Prize finalists (Lynne Cohen, Federico Gama, and Jin-me Yoon) will be on display at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, Canada until June 26th, 2009; and may still be on display at the Centro de la Imagen in the National Center for the Arts in Mexico City.

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