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Mexico City , Mexico

 

The Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) is a prominent cultural center in Mexico City. It has hosted some of the most notable events in music, dance, theatre, opera and literature and has held important exhibitions of painting, sculpture and photography. Consequently, the Palacio de Bellas Artes has been called the "Cathedral of Art in Mexico". The building is located on the western side of the historic center of Mexico City next to the Alameda Central park.

The first National Theater of Mexico was built in the late 19th century, but it was soon decided to tear this down in favor of a more opulent building in time for Centennial of the Mexican War of Independence in 1910. The initial design and construction was undertaken by Italian architect Adamo Boari in 1904, but complications arising from the soft subsoil and the political problem both before and during the Mexican Revolution, hindered then stopped construction completely by 1913. Construction began again in 1932 under Mexican architect Federico Mariscal and was completed in 1934.

The exterior of the building is primarily Neoclassical and Art Nouveau and the interior is primarily Art Deco. The building is best known for its murals by Diego Rivera, Siqueiros and others, as well as the many exhibitions and theatrical performances its hosts, including the Ballet Folklórico de México.

Círculo de Bellas Artes

C/ Alcalá, 42 C/V a Marques de Casa Riera, 2

Arquitecto: Antonio Palacios Ramilo: 1919 (P) 1921-1926 (O).

Declarado Bien de Interés Cultural (BIC) en la categoría de MONUMENTO en 1981.

En 1919 el Círculo de Bellas Artes, entidad cultural de carácter privado, convoca concurso de proyectos para realizar su sede social en el solar que habían ocupado los jardines del marqués de Casa Riera. Pese a la concurrencia de los mejores arquitectos madrileños del momento el concurso se declara desierto, quedando finalistas el equipo formado por Zuazo/Fernández Quintanilla, el de Hernández Briz/Saiz Martínez y el de Fernández Balbuena. Antonio Palacios, uno de los concursantes, recurre el fallo, que había desestimado su anteproyecto por superar la altura máxima permitida por las ordenanzas municipales. Como consecuencia del recurso, tras una votación entre los socios, se elige el de Palacios.

El proyecto tuvo grandes problemas para conseguir licencia municipal por exceso de altura, a pesar de haber sido declarado centro de protección de las Bellas Artes y entidad de utilidad pública.

Un gran programa de actividades se distribuye escalonadamente a lo largo de las plantas, sobre un difícil solar rectangular medianero, y presenta a la calle de Alcalá una imagen urbana monumental, ecléctica por su volumetría y el tratamiento de sus fachadas, que recoge las diferentes estancias interiores con sus distintas alturas, un juego de volúmenes rematado por un torreón que se presenta como un faro cultural. Una gran escalera “imperial” sobre la medianera estructura los distintos niveles.

El edificio se encuentra decorado con esculturas de Capuz y Adsuara en sus fachadas y coronado por una Minerva de Juan Luis Vassallo.

 

December 25th, it was a wonderfully sunny and blued sky day in Mexico City.

 

Palacio de Bellas Artes panorama (Mexico City. Gustavo Thomas © 2014)

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The Círculo de Bellas Artes of Madrid (CBA) is a private, not-for-profit cultural institution. Ever since it was set up in 1880, it has played a major role of international scope in the field of cultural creation and diffusion.

The Círculo de Bellas Artes is a major multidisciplinary centre with one of the most active cultural programmes in Madrid. It has exhibition rooms, a cinema, a theatre, concert halls, lecture halls, artists’ workshops, a library, a cafeteria, a shop and many other facilities. Every day it puts on activities to do with the visual arts, music, film, the stage, literature, science, philosophy and poetry.

 

The building which houses the Círculo de Bellas Artes was designed by the architect Antonio Palacios and constructed in 1926. It is an emblematic building and from its rooftop you can enjoy some of the best views of Spain’s capital city.

 

www.circulobellasartes.com/english/cba_en_cba.php

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Madrid Architecture - Bellas Artes

The Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) is the most important cultural center in Mexico City as well as the rest of the country. It was constructed between 1904-34.

Vista casi nocturna del Palacio de Bellas Artes (México, D.F). Desde el 8vo piso de la tienda Sears.

 

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"estudio dos"

bellas artes

san miguel de allende, gto

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Bellas Artes Palace, Mexico.

 

The greatest building in the whole city in my opinion. It's unique, famous, architecturally powerful and beautiful from everywhere.

 

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Regards.

Zooming in on the dome of Bellas Artes, still under renovation.

Mexico City.

 

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Explore 13 Oct, 2009 # 311.

Leica Mini 3 & Lomography Color Negative 800 ISO.

Mexico City, Mexico - August 2008

Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro México

Desde la torre latinoamericana...

 

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