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DigYourself

Jul 17, 2015, 6:56 AM

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Visiting Polanco

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We have maybe been to Polanco 2/3 times - but never with a real purpose, just sort of meandering around. We took the Turibus circuit. Visited the Aquarium (not much to see if you are an avid diver) and that museum next door. And on the last visit walked up Reforma (from Zona Rosa) through the park to meet with someone at a hotel in Polanco (not a bad half hour walk and we felt safe).

Next week is my wife's birthday and she wants to spend more time in Polanco. I'll check on TripAdvisor etc for ideas - but I thought I'd ask here as well. She has come up with Klein's Deli and Butcher ans Sons as places she wants to eat. Any experiences or other ideas ? Thanks



AlanMexicali


Jul 17, 2015, 7:25 AM

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Re: [cuerna1] Visiting Polanco

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"The Museo Soumaya is a private museum in Mexico City. It is a non-profit cultural institution with two museum buildings in Mexico City - Plaza Carso and Plaza Loreto. It has over 66,000 works from 30 centuries of art including sculptures from Pre-Hispanic Mesoamerica, 19th- and 20th-century Mexican art and an extensive repertoire of works by European old masters and masters of modern western art such as Auguste Rodin, Salvador Dalí, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo and Tintoretto. It is considered to be one of the most complete collections of its kind. The museum is named after Soumaya Domit, who died in 1999, and was the wife of the founder of the museum Carlos Slim."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museo_Soumaya

I was inside for 60 minutes and was very impressed and wished the tour bus I was on could have stayed longer.


(This post was edited by RickS on Jul 17, 2015, 9:48 AM)



DigYourself

Jul 17, 2015, 8:59 AM

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Re: [AlanMexicali] Visiting Polanco

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Thanks. Ya know - I love the museum of anthropology and I liked the castle in the park. I liked the museum by the archaeological site by the Zocalo - but we did the Museo Soumaya in about 5 minutes. It may have been because of the crowds (we chose a holiday to go there) or it may have just been the end of a long day.

Maybe someone else reads this someday and it will be of some use. If you want to go to the Aquarium the lines can be EXTREMELY long, often wrapping around the block. But - there is a mall across the street which has like a TicketMaster office where you can purchase 'special access' tickets for a small mark-up (you do lose the INAPAM discount). Given that ticket you stand on a different access line with really no wait.



citlali

Aug 30, 2015, 9:56 AM

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Re: [cuerna1] Visiting Polanco

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The Soumaya is underwhelming to say the least. It has some nice Mexican paintings and some nice artifacts of the Mexican Western cultures otherwise forget it. The place has no soul , no personality. The coin exhibit bored me to tears and the upstairs was ridiculous..how many Rodin can you buy..must have gotten a deal like a two fer..
The building I loved but the collections were not something I would go back and see.



La Isla


Aug 30, 2015, 11:36 AM

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Re: [citlali] Visiting Polanco

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When the Soumaya opened, I read a couple of reviews and decided not to go, though I have seen it from the outside when I visited to the neighboring Museo Jumex, which is wonderful for very contemporary art. The collection is underwhelming because it was the hobby of Carlos Slim's late wife, who had lots of money to spend on her acquisitions but her taste was that of an enthusiastic amateur, not a knowledgeable collector.



citlali

Aug 30, 2015, 12:15 PM

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Re: [La Isla] Visiting Polanco

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Was she a coin collector, the whole floor downstairs is coins.. I am sure fascinating for people who are into coins but that is not one my major interest so I thought it was a lot of space devoted to one thing.. There are things here and there that are nice so go and see it but be ready for a whole lot of ok stuff...Was it done by only one person? It gave me the impression it was not. There is not one personality coming through like it happens sometimes in privae collection which is what makes the collection interesting, here nothing comes through..Maybe it is the way it is organized I don´t know it is a strange place.


The building is pretty spectacular, I was in it during one of the tremors.. and it was pretty interesting...



La Isla


Aug 30, 2015, 12:26 PM

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Re: [citlali] Visiting Polanco

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It looks like I was mistaken when I wrote that the collection was the result of his wife's artistic enthusiasms, though the museum is named for her. According to this article written shortly after it opened, both Slim and his wife acquired the pieces in the museum or paid someone or ones to acquire them. The reviewer doesn't think much of the collection or the museum architecture, which was designed, by the way, by his son-in-law, another fine example of Mexican nepotism!

http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/123558/carlos-slims-museo-soumaya-money-cant-buy-taste#

Here's another review which focuses on the general weakness of the collection (though some exceptions are mentioned like Spanish and Mexican Colonial paintings) and how poorly it is displayed, though no mention is made of the extensive coin collection that so bored citlali.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2011/04/critics-notebook-mexico-citys-soumaya-museum-disappoints.html


(This post was edited by La Isla on Aug 30, 2015, 12:36 PM)



DigYourself

Aug 30, 2015, 12:55 PM

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Re: [citlali] Visiting Polanco

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I don't remember if it was high school or college but somewhere along the line I was taking an urban sociology course that required me to survey a quadrant of Manhattan. I drew the area which included the Guggenheim. At the time they had a Picasso exhibit. I have been spoiled ever since.