Eye For Design
The distinctive flair of Mexico can be detected in every direction, among cultural landscapes bursting with bold colors and characteristic panache. Nothing better exemplifies this destination’s impassioned expression more than the arts: modern pursuits remain rooted in rich traditions, forever evolving in the hands of Mexico’s masters. We’ve taken a close look at how art and architecture have long exhibited Mexico’s maverick approach. From ancient ruins to contemporary museums, we can arrange the ultimate diversions that place the past and present in perfect tandem.
The earliest peoples of Mesoamerica pioneered Mexico’s aptitude for impressive architecture, depicted in the 44,000 active archaeological sites left behind by the Olmec, Zapotec, Maya and Aztec civilizations. A privately chartered helicopter allows you to explore the foundations for the country’s modern landscapes. Within the Yucatan peninsula, an archaeologist guide can escort you to sites within jungles and beach bluffs while divulging the nuanced details about the temples’ celestial alignments. At the remote ruins of Ek’Balam, survey the Maya-masterminded structure atop the 96-foot-high Acropolis; or find the ruins of Teotihuacán, less than an hour’s drive from Mexico City, touted as “the place where the gods were created.”
Jutting skyscrapers and terracotta-tiled haciendas within Mexico City’s limits best exemplify how familiar lines of architecture have shaped the nation’s skylines. The Soumaya Museum, the centerpiece of the booming Plaza Carso area, is a Fernando Romero-designed building tiled in 16,000 hexagons of glittering aluminum. We can arrange a rare opportunity to see the personal acquisitions of Carlos Slim up-close, as the museum’s archivists lays before you letters written by Christopher Columbus and Hernán Cortés. Or, visit the impressive National Museum of Anthropology, where the halls are dedicated to showcasing pre-Colombian archaeology; and the 20-acre facility’s most notable feat of engineering is an expansive concrete roof canopy upheld by a single support pillar.
Mexico’s artistic repute originated on the canvases of 20th-century national painters who intrigued the art world with a surrealist movement uniquely expressing Mexico’s identity. Frida Kahlo was perhaps one of the most avant-garde.
Only blocks away from her Coyoácan house, peruse the market stalls at Bazar Artesanal de Coyoácan for your own treasure, such as painted pottery, statement silver jewelry, and indigenous weavings. Artistry anchored in tradition culminates each year on November 2 with Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Be invited into the homes of locals in the remote village of Pátzcuaro to help decorate calaveras, skulls formed from sugar in preparation for this sacred event.
Choreographing the Future
Become acquainted with the stately Palacio de Bellas Artes performing arts showplace, dating back to 1934. Inside its domed Art Nouveau exterior, your private guide points out the venue’s Art Deco design with whispers of Mexican influence, like the Tiffany glass curtain depicting a native volcanic landscape. Onstage, distinguished national artists include Amalia Hernández’s famed Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, whose performances uphold the dance traditions of Mesoamerica.
Past and Present
A journey to Mexico sates a vast range of interests, built on a foundation of folklore yet keenly imbued with all that is chic today. Whether you’re looking for avant-garde art or architectural remnants of the past, we can personalize your travel to be rich with in-depth enjoyment of the country’s gems. By the end of your adventure, the appreciation you will behold for Mexico’s artistry will undoubtedly blossom from an adoration of how it has evolved.