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Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso

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Address: Mexico City, Mexico
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Description: This recently restored old college, established by Jesuits in 1588, now...
This recently restored old college, established by Jesuits in 1588, now hosts various exhibitions.
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The history of both Mexico and mural art

Go on Tuesday...it is free and enjoy the lesson in art history and see the visual history of Mexico. This one time school founded by the Jesuits houses visual history of Mexican... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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New York City, New York
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Go on Tuesday...it is free and enjoy the lesson in art history and see the visual history of Mexico. This one time school founded by the Jesuits houses visual history of Mexican mural art. Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco and many others were complete unknowns when they were commissioned in the 1920's and 30's to depict the history on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Great temporary exhibits housed in a fabulous building great gift shop. Take your camera there are sometimes hands on workshops related to the current exhibit

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Rosarito, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I had been teased with commercials for the Michael Landy exhibit Saints Alive long before my trip to Mexico City. That was my initial draw to what I found to be an oasis from tourist 'Thunderdome' outside. You can still feel that the building was a place of thought and reflection. Take advantage of the tranquility and slow down to... More 

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Chicago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We visited this museum on a recommendation of a friend and were not disappointed. The exhibition spaces are very modern even though housed in a very old building. The historic murals painted on its walls by José Clemente Orozco, Fernando Leal, Diego Rivera and others are magnificent. The exhibition by Michael Landy was fantastic

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 via mobile

I included this building, known primarily for its Orozco murals, in a downtown day of murals. It was an approach I rather liked and would recommend. Plus many of them are free.

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brecon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Situated not far from the Zocolo this is a beautiful building that was once a convent and high school. The design is very colonial and is spread out over three floors in a cloister type setting with lovely trees and balconies. Apart from the lovely setting the murals here are simply great. You will find some other paintings on show... More 

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Falls Church, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

If you are interested in Mexican murals, you should definitely pay a visit. There are beautiful Orozco murals that you can view in a peaceful setting -- a former convent -- with hardly anyone around. It really is an oasis given the hullabaloo in the surrounding streets.

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Graham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This is an important stop on your self-guided art history tour of the Mexican Muralists. (or come along with Oaxaca Cultural Navigator. We organize small groups led by an art historian.) These are the earliest Orozco murals. Note the one in the stairway to the second floor of Cortes and La Malinche. Go next door into the UNAM auditorium to... More 

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pescara
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Apart from the murals, there was an Exhibition on Darwin when I went, which was rather dull since the artifacts were just reproductions and the whole exhibit was mostly large signs to read.... so the ground floor was the exhibition and upstairs the murals

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

A beautiful old building with a very interesting mix of exhibitions, from contemporary art to more classical. Just the building is worth the trip.

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