Mexico City is a rabbit hole for architecture enthusiasts: one could get lost for days—if not weeks—exploring just one era’s edifices: the pre-colonial, colonial, and contemporary among them. There are buildings the likes of which you won’t find elsewhere in the world, and exceptionally preserved and restored structures that serve as testaments to various chapters of Mexican history. Examples of fascinating contemporary architecture abound, ranging from installations built for the 1968 Olympics to ambitious cultural institutions like the Polyforum Siquieros. The exterior has been described as diamond- or star-like in appearance: a dodecahedron with 12 massive vertical panels featuring the work of muralist David Siqueiros, who was a contemporary of Diego Rivera. Inside, you’ll find performances, exhibits, and other cultural activities. If your visit doesn’t coincide with a guided tour, consider taking one to learn more about Siqueiros and his work.
When I first arrived in Mexico City, one of my favorite places to visit was the Polyforum Siqueiros. I used to spend hours looking at the 12 exterior panels and th interior “La historia de la humanidad” (The History of Humanity”), an enormous mural by David Alfaro Siqueiros and perhaps his most important work. This year, the Polyforum is undergoing a restoration to celebrate its 40 anniversary. It will also be hosting concerts, theater plays and conferences.