A | Museo Nacional de Arte (MUNAL)
Tacuba 8, Centro Histórico
In the heart of the historic city center, MUNAL
, Mexico’s national museum of art, houses work produced within the country’s borders between the second half of the 16th century and 1954. Masterworks by the likes of Diego Rivera,
grace the walls of this behemoth, ornate Neoclassical building, set on a picturesque stone square.
B | Material Art Fair
Expo Reforma, Calle Morelos 67
This year, Material moves to Expo Reforma, a large, multi-level building offering plenty of real estate for the growing fair, which focuses on emerging practices. The “young, edgy satellite fair” comes highly recommended by Sharp.
C | MARSO Galería Arte Contemporáneo
Conceived by curator Sofía Mariscal, this gallery—which began as a non-profit curatorial initiative—continues to turn out risk-taking exhibitions focused on art made in, or responding to, the Central and Latin American context.
D | Arredondo \ Arozarena
Tucked behind an inviting white stucco facade, this ambitious gallery shows artists working in Mexico. According to Maauad, “They have been taking strong baby steps in the past five years and their program is flawless.”
E | Aeromoto
A teeny-tiny space with a big impact, Aeromoto looks like an airy, curated bookshop but is actually a public library that lends hard-to-find fiction, theory, and art tomes through an affordable membership program. Don’t miss their regular readings and talks, which host a range of authors, artists, and independent publishers.
Insider tips: Follow a day galavanting around Juárez with a visit to Bucardón (F | Donato Guerra 1) or Taberna Luciferina (G | Lucerna 34), both owned by art enthusiasts. Bucardón’s long communal table, where Mexico City’s creative community often gathers, is a great spot for a conversation and a mezcal. At Luciferina, take a seat at the glowing circular bar for a bite that will satisfy any palate.
And for a treasure trove of Mexican antiques and curios, head to La Lagunilla Market (H | on Calle Lopez Rayon, usually between Ignacio Allende and Comonfort) for its sprawling Sunday morning spread of vendors.