We spent our sixth day in Mexico City at the Museo Soumaya in Polanco, the most visited museum in Mexico, which houses local billionaire Carlos Slim’s massive art collection.
We spent a decent amount of time checking out the first exhibit, “Of Gold and Silver: Decorative Arts,” featuring old coins and religious artifacts, until we realized there were five other exhibits. Then we zipped through the second exhibit, “Asia in Ivories,” because it was filled with elephant tusks and Elliott was having none of that.
As soon as we walked into the third exhibit, “Old Masters of Europe and New Spain,” religious paintings and sculptures from the 13th to 19th centuries, I was floored to see art by Leonardo Da Vinci and Boticelli. There also were numerous other pieces by German, Spanish, Flemish, Italian and French artists that I’m not so familiar with, but they were still fun to see.
The fourth exhibit, “From Impressionism to the Avant-garde,” was just as impressive, with paintings by Van Gogh, Renoir and Monet. There also was a large collection of paintings by Mexican artists, including Diego Rivera.
A Salvador Dali piece greeted us as we entered the temporary fifth exhibit, “Venice,” but the rest of it was filled with 16th century artwork inspired by the Italian city. It was nearing the museum’s closing time, so we took a quick peek at this room to make sure we had time to make it to the last one.
The sixth and final exhibit, “The Age of Rodin,” was focused primarily on the French sculptor, but the room also featured a hodge podge of sculptures and paintings by other famous artists, including Degas, Monet and Gall.