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The King Cole Bar at the St. Regis Mexico City.

Photo: Gregory Allen

Art Scene

The city of Frida and Diego hasn’t lost its creative edge, thanks to a handful of pioneering museums and galleries. On the campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo showcases contemporary international and Mexican artists such as Gabriel Orozco in a soaring, light-filled building unveiled in 2008. The Museo Universitario del Chopo is an early-20th-century building turned experimental art and performance hall that was recently redesigned by star architect Enrique Norten. Chapultepec Park’s Museo Tamayo mounts excellent exhibitions—currently, by Guadalajara conceptualist Jorge Méndez Blake—and is undergoing expansion. To see the latest in emerging art, head to Kurimanzutto, OMR, and Proyectos Monclova, a trio of galleries known for staging the city’s most cutting-edge exhibitions. Keep an eye out for a giant chimney stack of a building housing billionaire Carlos Slim’s Museo Soumaya. Designed by Rem Koolhaas protégé Fernando Romero, it’s scheduled to open at the end of the year in Nuevo Polanco.

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