24 May 2018

México 2.0: Museo José Luis Cuevas

José Luis Cuevas was a rebel. Mexico's art scene was concentrated on murals, but José Luis Cuevas wanted none of it. He is actually a proponent of the Breakaway Generation, and his works definitely have a different style. He uses a lot of distortions, and the images he portrayed aren't necessarily pretty.

When you enter this museum, you will be faced with La Giganta, a sculpture that has both male and female features. It's quite a mouthful, and somehow I don't know how to deal with it. I crept up to it, I slowly drunk it in, I gazed at it for a while. It was huge.

I am not sure I understand this artist. He has a section in the museum devoted to erotic art, and frankly speaking, they were anything but erotic. In any case, I felt like I was let inside his brain for a second, and there were plenty of darkness and despair inside. I am not sure I want to see more.

Anyway, in case you're curious, this museum is very near the Zocalo, on its eastern side. It's very near the market, and due to the chaos of the humans selling their wares, then this museum might be slightly hard to find in the beginning.


  1. It reminds me of something... we may have visited it in 2001. The art looks familiar.

    There's a musée de l'érotisme in Paris (...of course, where else!) and I remember finding it not particularly erotic. Graphic, but not in a "mmm, this is turning me on" kind of way. I wonder how many tourists are disappointed!

    1. Zhu,

      Yeah, I have been to several erotic museums, or museum of sex, as they are sometimes called, but honestly they are more anthropologically interesting, as opposed to erotic. I guess it's a long jump from there to a porn shop!