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It’s no secret that Mexico is a great destination for art lovers and aficionados, but many may not appreciate the wealth of artistic life beyond the (admittedly fantastic) capital city. Whether you head north to Monterrey, or want to sun yourself on the peninsulas of either Baja or Yucatán, you can rest assured that there’s an art gallery for you. Here are the top art galleries across Mexico that you must visit.
Owned by art collectors Mónica Manzutto and her husband José Kuri, the latter of whom is brother to one of Mexico’s finest artists, Gabriel Kuri, the portmanteau Kurimanzutto is one of Mexico City’s stalwart contemporary galleries and a reference point for new trends. Known for representing several world class artists, including Mexican superstars Gabriel Orozco and Dr. Lakra, as well as international installation specialists like South Korean Haegue Yang, Kurimanzutto is an unmissable art destination in the capital city.
An unsurprisingly picturesque destination in the quaint colonial town of San Miguel de Allende, Fábrica La Aurora makes for an Instagram backdrop, favourite of notable Mexican influencers like Sofía Lascurain among others. Once a textile mill, the renovated complex now houses cafés, stores and several galleries, including the Beatriz Castañeda Galería and Galería 910 to name but a few, which makes it the ideal spot for an all-encompassing art-exploring afternoon out.
Moving other to the other side of the country, we find San José del Cabo’s Galería Ida Victoria, which specialises in exhibiting the work of both emerging and established artists and has regularly been voted the best art gallery in the region – impressive, when you consider the artsy reputation of the area! Every taste is catered for here, but it seems that most of the represented artists are drawn to vibrant, eclectic styles that make for beautifully bright and appealing pieces.
While Chiapas has an artsy reputation, and is wildly popular among backpackers, the art galleries of the state are often overlooked. However, we think that San Cristóbal de las Casas’ Galería MUY (which means pleasure in Tzotzil) absolutely deserves to be considered one of the country’s top galleries, due to its impressive dedication to exploring and exhibiting the work of artists for the pueblos originarios of Chiapas. You’ll find everything from multimedia to performance art in this inclusive space and it’s ideally located right in the historic centre of the city.