Thursday, June 8

The ten most artistic cities in Mexico


Ever wondered what the most artistic cities in Mexico are?  Well Propiedades has put together a list of ten of the most artistic cities and while it’s no surprise that the country’s capital has claimed the number one spot we’re happy to say that Oaxaca makes an appearance at number 8.

The results are based on the number of art schools, galleries and museums, art based companies, independent artists and writers, and the promotion of arts and events.  They did some fancy statistics, which you can read about here, and came up with the following list:

  1. Mexico City
  2. Monterrey
  3. Puebla
  4. Guadalajara
  5. Mérida
  6. Morelia
  7. San Luis Potosí
  8. Oaxaca
  9. Querétaro
  10. Toluca

The authors note that Oaxaca, the land of alebrijes, has given us many important artists, especially painters.  And that while we have some great formal educational institutions like La Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez and la Escuela de Bellas Artes, you can also find an impressive range of artistic workshops in small, diverse galleries in the city.  For artists wanting to exhibit their work we have many galleries, large and small, however our contemporary art isn’t just limited to galleries, we also have a lot of artistic works in public spaces.  The Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca (IAGO), founded by Francisco Toledo, boasts the best visual arts library in the country.

This month there are a lot of exciting events in Oaxaca.  In addition to the exhibitions, music, workshops, film, and independent design that we see every month, we also have a number of special events.  These include the Día Mundial del Arte Oaxaca (World Art Day), the Festival Latinoamericano de Instalación de Software Libre (exhibitions, conferences, film), Pinhole Photography Week, and the Ambulante documentary film tour.

When you look at all of these fantastic events you have to wonder why we’re only number 8!

Let us know what you think, you can leave your comments below.

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Photos from the last year’s Feria Gráfica and Dr. Lakra’s current exhibition at IAGO


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