Museo Rufino Tamayo

Museo Rufino Tamayo
Construction year: 1981
Address: Paseo de la Reforma 51, Bosque de Chapultepec | MEXICO CITY | Mexico | Visit Website
Latitude/Longitude: 19.42572, -99.18175

The Museo Rufino Tamayo was founded in 1981 and since then it promotes original reports from the most representative aspects of the international scene in the contemporary art field. Moreover, it presents modern and contemporary art collections including the work of its founder, the artist Rufino Tamayo. The building was the first major museum in Mexico built with private funds, with Tamayo’s participation in its design. The permanent collection includes mostly the works of Tamayo, with over 300 paintings and sculptures.

The museum building is a modular construction and it had began in the 1980s and expanded in 2012. The museum took a small section of Chapultepec Park which is shared with the National Museum of Anthropology. In the lobby there is a mural painting by Tamayo called Homenaje a la Raza India and created in 1952. The building has got five main halls for exhibitions, along with a cafe, a museum shop, an auditorium and the Cyberlounge hall dedicated to the electronic art, opened in 2001. Visitors can view artwork online, view videos and listen to music. It is also designed for visual experimentation, with specially designed furniture for this purpose by Bernardo Gomez-Pimienta.

The permanent collection includes 315 paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, textiles, drawings and artworks mostly represent trends from the mid-20th century. It includes artists like Picasso, Mark Rothko, Joan Miró, Max Ernst, Fernand Léger, Fernando Botero, Francis Bacon, Pierre Soulages, Rene Magritte, Isamu Noguchi and Robert Motherwell. The museum is part of the Institucion Nacional de Bellas Artes and the national network of Mexican museums.Most of the activities are involving with the permanent collection and also the hosting temporary exhibits, but the museum also hosts evening events, guided tours, workshops, classes and clubs for children. Since 2006, the museum attracts over 126,000 visitors every year.

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