Photo Aníbal Barco
The Ciudad Universitaria
After centuries downtown, Mexico’s National Autonomous University was moved to the city’s (then) far south in 1954, to a gleaming, contemporary campus designed to symbolize the nation’s engagement with universal intellectuality as well as its forward-thinking outlook. Despite some visible wear-and-tear, the compound is still deeply impressive, leveraging masterful tonalities when it comes to open and closed spaces, monumentality, color, and thrilling works by Mexico’s star twentieth-century artists David Alfaro Siqueiros and Juan O’Gorman. The latter’s central library, a windowless, multistory box covered in impossibly complex, sometimes freaky allegorical mosaics, is said to be the world’s largest mural—in addition to being a masterpiece. And don’t miss a visit to the University Museum of Contemporary Art (MUAC), south of the main campus: The 2008 structure by architect Teodoro González de León, many say, is the most beautiful artwork in its collection.
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Escolar, Ciudad Universitaria, Coyoacán, Cd. Universitaria, 04350 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
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