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Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso

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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 First of the Murals

This is the setting of the first of Rivera's murals and it was quite an education to see his murals compared to other new artists of the time. (His was astonishingly better!) A... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
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Edinburg, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This is the setting of the first of Rivera's murals and it was quite an education to see his murals compared to other new artists of the time. (His was astonishingly better!) A word of warning, however. The building itself was easy to find, but the Rivera mural was hard to find. It is on the first floor, tucked behind... More 

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Springwood, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This was recommended to visit for not only the architecture but its murals on the walls around the site. Was formally a school. It is now a museum and does have exhibitions. There is a Gift Shop. Cost MEX$25 but I understand its free entry on Tuesdays. See the very informative website.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

It was free to get in the day we visited. A main attraction was an exhibit called Saints Alive that had just come from London. We joined a tour group whose guide spoke Spanish. When I asked him for a repea with English he was happy to do it. He wouldn't take a tip, saying he was a volunteer who... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Michael Landy's shows of kinetic "Saints" sculptures is bright and insightful. At first appearance it may seem uncomfortably humorous, but there is a deeper message in his work. See this while it lasts! The setting amid the Orozco murals and beautiful architecture make this a true jewel in Mexico City for art and architecture.

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New York City, New York
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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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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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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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