A friend of mine recently stated that you can’t go wrong with B&W, but I like to think that you can’t possibly go wrong whenever you’re shooting a beautiful subject, that’s when you really can’t go wrong. That, and B&W :]
A lot of expectation and controversy have risen around the Museo Soumaya, the newest glimmering aluminum-encased museum in Mexico City. But, why? Well, this museum belongs to the world’s richest man (according to Forbes 2010 list of richest billionaires), the mexican business magnate Carlos Slim Helú. The $70 million structure, part of the $800 million complex, is free admission and the Slim Foundation takes care of the maintenance costs, not to mention that it is home to Slim’s 66,000-piece private collection, including the second biggest Rodin’s collection in the world, the largest in private hands.
Some critics in the mexican art world say that Slim is more of a bargain hunter rather than an aesthete (referring to his collection) but I think it’s unfair to make such a statement when all he’s trying to do is making art more approachable to regular people who can’t afford traveling to another country to see relevant artworks. Yeah, he could’ve built a huge gallery for his own pleasure but no, he built this amazing space for us to visit. Shouldn’t that be enough of a gift to society? Why being so harsh on him? Well, I guess not eveyone will be ever satisfied with any effort a rich man makes. Of course it has some flaws but I think we should wait a little before start making hard reviews on such a young museum.
Art will be art, no matter its size, shape or media, that’s why I don’t believe in good or bad pieces from a particular artist for those pieces are part of their growth. I’m not claiming it to be the best museum either, but I do stay with what Slim said the night of the VIP opening gala, back in February: “It’s a gift to the city and to the whole country of Mexico, and to all the kids too”
The museum was named after Slim’s late wife, Soumaya Domit, who died of kidney failure in 1999. The Soumaya, besides being home to this eclectic collection, also houses a needed hope in the art circle.
One thing’s for sure, I won’t ever get tired of looking at its everchanging façade.
-Alejandro M. Campos Herrera
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