Delores Olmedo Museum – Mexico City – Mexico

Images from Dolores Olmedo, Mexico City, January 2017

Give yourself a bit of time at the Dolores Olmedo Museum, there is a lot to take in, the collection is vast. On the day we visited we saw only two other people which is odd given it has the best collection of Frida Kahlo art .... if you can't make it I've attempted a virtual tour here....

The Museo Dolores Olmedo (or the Dolores Olmedo Museum) is an art museum in the capital of Mexico, based on the collection of the Mexican businesswoman Dolores Olmedo.

In 1962, Dolores Olmedo acquired a property at La Noria, Xochimilco in southern Mexico City, which she would later convert into the museum named after herself in 1994. Donating her entire collection of art including pre-Hispanic, colonial, folk, modern and contemporary art, the Dolores Olmedo Patiño Museum hosts the greatest collection of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Angelina Beloff artworks. Upon Olmedo's death in 2002, she left funds for taking care of her museum, now open to the public.

The five-building complex contains up to 150 paintings, including 145 by Diego Rivera, 25 by his wife Frida Kahlo, some of their scripts and drawings, nearly 6,000 pre-Hispanic figurines and sculptures, and diverse living animals such as geese, ducks, six Xoloitzcuintles, and Indian peafowls kept in the museum's gardens.

Recent developments
Recently new areas have been added to the museum, "her private rooms" where she kept original decorations of her house such as ivory, china, and artwork by artist whom she nurtured in her latter years including José Juárez and Francisco Guevara. The museum now holds a permanent exhibition of works by Russian-Mexican artist Angelina Beloff, who was Diego Rivera's first wife.


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