21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art
Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture
10:00 – 18:00 Daily
above photo © 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art
Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture
(55) 2 614 6031
(55) 5 531.8309
11590 Delegación Miguel Hidalgo
(corner of Darwin & Kepler)
C.P. 11590, México, D.F.
Envisioned in 2010 by Celeste Magazine editor Vanesa Fernández and her husband artist Aldo Chaparro this amazing gallery lives in a very chic 1940s house restored by Productora Architects. The result is a truly amazing job – specifically the ingenious placement of the cement tiles and the design of a modernist Vienna coffee shop.
The house is located in the Anzures neighborhood of Mexico City, a lovely area where every street is named after a literary author.
The House has three sections:
First is the Concept store/gallery, were one can find all sort of interesting items. They include paintings, functional and nonfunctional objects, rare fossils, collectible fashion, jewelry and more. Products from around the globe, and others ether designed by Aldo and Vanessa or the top designers in Mexico. Celeste House really shows breadth of design contained in this world-class metropolis.
Continuing on one finds a homeopathic apothecary specialized in phytotherapy treatments. Here, personalized formulas are created in a very Victorian way for each customer.
The third, and most delicious part, is the champagne tea room. While Viennese in design, they serve the classic English ritual; complete with tiered plates of pastries, scones and small sandwiches. They also offer a rich Champagne menu as well as an extraordinary selection of teas. Top this off with Cantonese-style Dim Sum, and during the late evening, Celeste transforms to a destination for the trendy and happening.
Art & Performance Space
Insurgentes Sur 701, esquina con Filadelfia
Colonia Napoles, Del. Benito Juarez
C.P. 03810, México, D.F.
Like stepping into a sci-fi conference-hall, the Polyforum Siqueiros is a transporting marvel. The Suclpainting technique of David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896-1974) creates a three-dimensional interior mural that takes over your mind – it is the largest in the world. If we were to make a cult-movie where the leader gets all of his followers to obey – this is the space.
The outer Mural represents the leadership, the dead and the reborn tree, the circus, Moses breaking the law stones, Jesus the leader, the dance and flee of winter and summer, the Mestizaje, the music and the atom. Each face of the outer mural holds great philosophical symbolism related to the lectures of the forum’s inner mural
The interior space, known as the Foro Universal, is dominated by “The March of Humanity”, Siqueiros’s masterwork. A lifelong communist and advocate for social equality, David Alfaro Siqueiros was a member of the big three of Latin Art – including himself along with Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco. The main theme of this 237.6 square meter mind-bending mural is the evolution of man to a society where justice and freedom are truly integrated concepts.
It is awe inspiring in its scale and grandeur. Construction on the Polyforum was started in 1966, after it was decided to move the mural from its original location at a hotel conference center at the Hotel Casino de la Selva in Cuernavaca. Inaugurated in 1971, it is used today for political meetings, concerts, readings and gallery exhibitions.
The lobby area is a sleek white modern contrast that is does not quite prepare you for the onslaught of color you will find upon entering the main space. It is much more a 2001: A Space Odyssey foil to the sci-fi feel of the Foro Universal – with its white on white interiors and lines that curve. The lobby is used as an exhibition space, as well as housing a small by design shop that features some of the best creations in Mexican contemporary jewelry, ceramics, books clothing, home objects and more.
The mural is divided in four sections:
“The March of Humanity towards the Bourgeois democratic Revolution” on the south side, represented by multitudes advancing from darkens into a civilization of light.
“The March of Humanity towards the Future Revolution” on the north side showing the hope and obstacles in life and the difficulties in conquering victory towards a further future.
“Peace, Culture & Harmony” on the east side manifested with women’s hands
“Science & Technology” on the west side manifested with man’s hands
Tip: On Sundays the interior platform spins – yes there is a turntable too!
To celebrate the 50 years of the Mexican mural movement, David Alfaro Siqueiros created a very unique portrait mural, also known as the Barda Mural. From Left: Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, José Guadalupe Posada, Leopoldo Méndez & Gerardo Murillo