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Mexico City’s newest art spaces are architectural gems & ‘refuges’ from urban babel

While plans to build a modern art museum overlooking Guadalajara’s Barranca de Huentitan (canyon) advance at a snail’s pace, Mexico City offers up a smorgasbord of choices for art lovers to indulge in their obsession.

In recent years, two new players have entered the capital’s flourishing museum/gallery market, both showcasing the private collections of the rich and famous and both located in swanky Plaza Carso, in the heart of the Nuevo Polanco district.   

Fine examples of the best modern architecture the capital now presents to the world, the Museo Soumaya and Museo Jumex have been referred to as ideal “refuges” from the urban noise of the megalopolis that is Mexico City.

Described as “a trapezoid in motion,” the enigmatic non-profit Museo Soumaya was designed by maverick young Mexican architect Fernando Romero.   It was funded by telecoms magnate and philanthropist Carlos Slim – the world’s second richest man – and houses much of his personal art collection.

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