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Is Aguascalientes the New Modern Art Mecca in Mexico? 

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Museo Espacio

​The state of Aguascalientes in central Mexico has long been a tourist destination known for its fabled hot springs, colonial architecture and Feria de San Marcos. Now it is also home to one of the most significant cultural projects the country of Mexico has undertaken. The Macro Espacio para la Cultura y las Artes (MECA) in the capital city of Aguascalientes is a 200-acre culture complex housed in the city’s former railway workshops.

The 825 million peso ($39.7 Million USD) project is home to an arts school and university but its heart and soul is the contemporary art museum Museo Espacio.

The museum opened in February, 2016 with the expressed goal of showcasing international contemporary artists and modern art in all its different forms. Museo Espacio utilizes expansive gallery spaces and an on-site conservation lab. The Mexican government as a gift to the one million people of Aguascalientes and all art lovers offers free admission.

The museum’s inaugural symposium stayed true to its commitment to offer art education to all audiences and ages by hosting ‘El Drama de la Forma’ that included 14 leading art critics and curators to discuss the state of the modern art world. The museum’s first group show ‘Wirikuta”
opened this month and features numerous international artists whose works are being seen for the first time in Mexico. The show includes paintings, sculptures, large installations and videos.

Aguascalientes is hoping to make a name for itself in the world of international art and as a must-see destination for modern arts lovers and the creation of the Museo Espacio might just help it realize its dream.

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