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Palacio De Bellas Artes Mexico - a Centre for Mexico’s Finest Artists Till Date

September 26, 2015

After exploring the magnificently crafted urban park, we moved on towards our next destination which was the Palacio de Bellas Artes Mexico or commonly known as Palace of Fine Arts. It is regarded as the country’s most significant center of culture and art and situated on the western part of the historical central region of Mexico, close to Alameda Central Park. One of the members of the Palace of Fine Arts told us about the rich history associated with the building.

palacio de bellas artes mexico

Palacio De Bellas Artes Mexico | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

The building was originally established during the second half of the 19th century to serve as the country’s first National Theatre. However, it was demolished after a few years as the officials wanted to construct a more beautiful building in order to commemorate the Centennial for the Mexican War of Independence which took place in 1910.

The responsibility of the design as well as construction of the new building was initially given to an Italian architect called Adamo Boari in the year 1904. However, thanks to the complications arising from the political turmoil during and after the Mexican Revolution and the soft subsoil that all the work related to the construction had to be stopped entirely by 1913. The second phase of construction began in 1932 and completed by 1934 under the supervision of architect Federico Mariscal from Mexico.

inside view of palacio de bellas artes

Inside View of Palacio De Bellas Artes | Image Resource : poonam-me.tumblr.com

We could easily make out that the exteriors of the building have been decorated mainly in Art Nouveau and Neoclassical styles with the interior mainly being Art Deco. The best thing regarding the architecture of the building is undoubtedly the presence of murals of Siqueiros, Diego Rivera and many others.

palacio de bellas artes mexico at might

Palacio De Bellas Artes Mexico at Night | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

There are two works namely Birth of Nationality and Mexico Today, belonging Rufino Tamayo from the early part of 1950s. On the western side of the third floor, there is the famous Man at the Crossroads created by Diego Rivera. We came to know that the original was destroyed by the Rockefellers due to the anti-capitalist themes. We came to know that the Palacio de Bellas Artes Mexico is also famous for hosting numerous theatrical performances such as seasonal opera and Ballet Folkorico de Mexico.

 

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