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CUERNAVACA HAS A SPECTACULAR NEW MUSEUM. The Morelos Museum of Contemporary Art Juan Soriano (Museo Morelense de Arte Contemporáneo Juan Soriano) opened to the public June 8, 2018. Juan Soriano (1920-2006) was one of Mexico’s foremost 20th century artists, recognized with exhibitions in numerous countries. His talent was expressed in oil paintings, sculptures, drawings, etchings, textiles, and graphic works, with varying styles over his career. The permanent collection houses more than 1200 of his works. Most stunning is the Sculpture Garden, a delightful green space of over 4000 square meters in which are nestled 15 monumental sculptures. The library contains his correspondence and other written records of his life. There are programs for children, workshops, and special events, details at the end of this post.
I had no idea there was such a beautiful park hidden in the center of Cuernavaca, the gardens of a few former residents of Colonia Amatitlan. An enormous Ahuehuete tree appears to be 200 years old. Reflecting pools with water lilies and fish have been added, making the garden a paradise for artistic reflection and appreciation. Residents are sure to want to take all their visitors to enjoy this cultural and sylvan oasis.
Each sculpture is identified by name and date.
The Museum interior is spacious and well lit with very high ceilings. The curator, Mauricio Maillé, has done magnificent work in mounting the collection.
The special exhibit space in the basement holds a temporary exposition of works by Gustavo Pérez Monzón, a Cuban artist who resides in Cuernavaca. You have to descend a ramp to the lower floor, then take an elevator or walk a long, steep staircase to get there.
We residents of Morelos are so fortunate to have this thrilling sculpture garden and exhibit space featuring the eclectic works of Juan Soriano. Enjoy.
EL MUSEO MORELENSE DE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO JUAN SORIANO
THE MORELOS MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART JUAN SORIANO
Calle Dr. Guillermo Gandara, Col. Empleado, Cuernavaca, Morelos
Sculpture Garden: Open Daily 8:00am to 7:00 pm, no charge
Museum Collection: Open Wed. – Mon., closed Tuesday. $45 pesos.
Nocturnal: Open the last Wed. of each month, 6:00-9:00 pm.
No Charge Sundays; no charge for minors under 12 years,
No charge for students, teachers, Morelos residents, Seniors with credential.
Library: Open Mon. & Wed. to Sat., closed Tues. & Sunday, no charge.
For guided tours, workshops, children’s activities, and special events, visit the web site or its facebook pages.
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