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Mexico City; Free Open Air Art Gallery

By Charlie Mcgrane @CharlieMcGrane

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Reforma, Mexico City.
Along Paseo de la Reforma on the edge of Chapultepec Park in Mexico City (map) there’s always a rotating outdoor display of art/photos which gets changed every week or two. There are over two hundred individual frames on the metal fence for holding pieces of art. Current and previous displays have included pictures of childrens’ art, Mexican natural wonders, international images of traditional costumes and dress, and photos of natural and man-made wonders from the Arabic world.

Scenes of Mexican wildlife. Mexico City

Scenes of Mexican wildlife.

This free show stretches for about a mile along Bosque de Chapultepec on the western side of Mexico City. In a city that has over a hundred and fifty museums, (said to be second in number only to Paris, unless you’re the Mexican government) the tourist doesn’t have to travel far for something to see. The top museum by far in Mexico City is the National Museum of Anthropology, and it is located also on Paseo de la Reforma, across the road from the outdoor art display.

A photo depicting Frida Hahlo, the darling of Mexican art. Mexico City.

A photo depicting Frida Kahlo, the darling of Mexican art.

Many visitors to Mexico City, or even the Anthropology museum, won’t notice the row of photos along Reforma. Usually traffic passes by so quickly too that most of them don’t see it either. Reforma is a good route for cyclists and joggers and others staying at the high end hotels on the Polanco district. In fact on Sunday mornings the whole street is closed for cyclist, walkers and joggers. Also on this section of Reforma, beside the park at Chapultepec are the Museum of Modern Art and the Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art.

A collection of Mexican film posters. Mexico City

A collection of Mexican film posters, some dating back to the 1950s are an interesting exhibit.



The photos above show various ethnic dress from countries like China, Nigeria, Russia and Indonesia. Also included are some from Ukraine, Spain and Mexico itself.


Mexico has such a diverse wildlife, from indigenous birds and insects to sharks and crocodiles.


The photos above show some of Mexico’s outdoor beauty.

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