Address: Tacuba 8 (Plaza Tolsá)
Neighborhood: Historical Centre
Subway: Bellas Artes
Opened Tuesdayo to Sunday from 10:30 to 17:30 hrs. Sundays free entrance.
The National Art Museum is located in the building formerly known as the Communications Palace, which was built between 1905 and 1911 by the Italian architect Silvio Contri. This building, through its calling and monumentality, should reflect the strength of the Porfirian Regime for which it was built. The construction is of historicist eclectic style, the usual in that time, highlighting the influence of the renaissance style in the lower levels. The upper levels were decorated with columns and neoclassical elements which harmonize with the slightly more austere lines of the neighboring Mining Palace. The building was also put back so as to leave a public space in front, which would allow the other important buildings surrounding it to stand out, it is known today as Tolsá Plaza. In the interior, the grandeur of its entrance hall stands out; it’s composed of several Corinthian columns, iron staircases and a ceiling with a beautiful allegorical painting which represents peace.
The National Art Museum, houses a rich collection of Mexican art ranging from the 16th to the first half of the 20th Centuries. A large part of the works used to belong to the Academy of San Carlos but were later distributed (according to their theme) among this museum, the National Museum of San Carlos and the Vice-royal Picture Gallery for their better conservation. Among the works in the National Art Museum, there are paintings by Juan Correa, Miguel Cabrera, Eugenio Landesio and the largest collection of paintings by the outstanding Mexican landscaper, Jose María Velasco, among others.
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El Museo Nacional de Arte tiene la función de conservar, exhibir, estudiar y difundir obras de arte producidas en México entre la segunda mitad del siglo XVI y la primera mitad del siglo XX, con lo cual ofrece una visión global y sintetizada de la historia del arte mexicano de este periodo.
El inmueble, que antiguamente fungía como Palacio de Comunicaciones y Obras Públicas, está situado en el corazón del Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de México y es considerado una de las obras arquitectónicas del país más importantes de principios del siglo XX.
Por sus colecciones y sus condiciones de exhibición, así como por la calidad de las exposiciones nacionales e internacionales, el Museo Nacional de Arte es un recinto que aporta al público experiencias novedosas para la comprensión y goce del arte.