The Soumaya Museum, Mexico City.

Opened last month in Mexico City’s Polanco neighborhood and funded by the world’s richest man, Carlos Slim Helú, it’s no surprise this new museum is creating a lot of buzz. The sculptural form of  Museo Soumaya is meant to be an iconic symbol of Mexico City. The 150-foot-high structure is covered with 16,000 hexagonal aluminum plates designed to reflect the sun’s light. Pretty cool!

Imagined by architect Fernando Romero, 39,  along with his studio in Mexico City, the museum was also co-design by Slim himself as he revised almost every aspect of design and construction. In an interview to W Magazine Romero talks about working with Slim: “I’ve been very lucky in my life to see two unique minds working. One is Mr. Slim, and the other is Rem.” The latter refers to  to Rem Koolhaas, the Dutch titan with whom he worked on several large projects.

The Soumaya  houses a 66,000 piece collection of art  that include works by van Gogh, Matisse, and El Greco, along with the largest collection of Rodin sculptures outside of France.

However, all that glitters is not gold. The LA Times has critizied the museum for it’s weak collection, and how poorly the paintings, sculptures and decorative arts have been installed in the open floor plan galleries.

Let’s hold off in making any judgements until we experience Museo Soumaya ourselves! Admission is free to all.

Images courtesy of Adrian Gaut, Courtesy of LAR/Fernando Romero 

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