Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City

Completed in 1934, the Palacio de Bellas Artes is the result of having two different architects, Adamo Boari who designed the initial Neoclassical exterior in 1904, and Federico Mariscal who took on the Art Deco interior almost 30 years later after construction had been halted by the Mexican Revolution.

Boari favoured the Neoclassical style with touches of Arte Nouveau.The Neo-Classical exterior of Palacio of Bellas Artes lit up at nightA statue of a winged horse is part of the Neo-Classical exterior of Palacio of Bellas Artes in Mexico CityThis is about as Neoclassical as you can get, and being Italian the architect Boari favoured Carrara marble for the exterior. A statue of two women is part of the Neo-Classical exterior of Palacio of Bellas Artes in Mexico CityMariscal’s Art Deco style is everywhere in the interior, even the ticket office.The Art Deco Taquilla (Ticket) Office in the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico CityThe domed ceiling in the interior of the Bellas Artes building in Mexico City. Domed Art Deco ceiling in the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico CityThe long-nosed Mayan rain deity Chaac gets an Art Deco makeover. Chaac, the Mayan god of rain, gets an Art Deco makeover in some of the lighting fixtures of the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico CityAn Art Deco light fixture.Art Deco lighting fixtures in the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico CityThe black marble stairway up to the second level.The Art Deco elevators at the Palacio of Bellas Artes in Mexico CityThere are murals by many of Mexico’s greatest muralists on an upper floor including several by the prolific Diego Rivera. Entry is free if you’re over 60 and have photo ID proving this. (Maybe also for students with appropriate ID.)Murals by Rivera on an upper floor in the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico CityMurals by Rivera on an upper floor in the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico CityMurals by Rivera on an upper floor in the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico CityA Siqueiros mural.A Siqueiros mural in the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico CityThe Bellas Artes also has regular art exhibits. When we were there it was Chucho Reyes and Híbridos. Bellas Artes Poster for the Exhibit HíbridosThere is also a theatre which has Ballet Folclórico performance three times weekly along with other musical and theatrical performances.

More of the Lens-Artists Challenge: Architecture.

9 responses to “Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City

  1. Thank you for introducing PALACIO DE B ELLAS ARTES to us. These architecture photos are beautiful.
    Thank you for joining in L-A Photo Challenge. 🙂

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