Saturday, March 8, 2008

El Museo Robert Brady

Today, around noon, we headed back downtown. Taxis and buses are cheap here, but since the bus route near our house is so easy and quick, we usually take the bus instead of the taxi into town. Each ride costs only 45 cents and you pretty much just wave at the bus driver as he approaches you, hop on, pay, and you're on your way. When you want to get off, you just stand up by the exit door and the driver will stop at the next safest place. Apparently the drivers get fined if they're running late. Every few stops, they get clocked by a guy standing on the street corner with a clipboard. If they're behind schedule, they have to give him a few pesos. If they're on time or ahead of schedule, they're just waved on. So, what do they do when they get to a straight away with little or no traffic on it? Speed up like crazy. They just tear through the streets as if they were delivering an expectant mother to the hospital. Luckily for us, traffic is pretty much congested on the streets most of the time, so they don't get too many opportunities to play race car driver. But when they do, boy, hang on!

Our main purpose for going into town was to visit the famous Brady Museum. We got sidetracked at the Cathedral, though, where a massive wedding was taking place. It looked like quite a swanky ($$$) affair, and it was interesting to people watch as the guests waited for the bride to arrive, which she did to loud applause and shouts. Anyway back to the Brady Museum...

Robert Brady was a very artistic jet set party boy originally from Iowa who ended up living in Cuernavaca. In the 1960's, he built a beautiful house called "Casa de la Torre". Upon his death, he willed his house to the city and asked that it be turned into a museum; however, nothing was to be changed in his home, so everything is as it was at the time of his death. The museum gives you a private glimpse into his very colorful home and life. Each room is full of art objects such as textiles, religious artifacts, masks, paintings, sketches, and folkart all of which he collected during his travels around the world. Since he was such an avid collector of art, the entire house is packed with colorful objects and displays all which he himself tastefully arranged. His collection includes works by Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and many other famous artists. There are also lots of photographs of him with his family as well as with many famous people who he partied with in Cuernavaca. Here are just a few photos from his home...

Z on the balcony overlooking the courtyard...


One of the front doors...

His patio room devoted to Mexican folkart...


The "oriental" room devoted to Asian art...

The "yellow" room...


The backyard with pool...

View from main courtyard...

Inside the courtyard...

He died June 20, 1986 and is buried here along with his two dogs...

1 comment:

Hisako said...

Thank you for the wonderful travel journal.

Having seen the photo of Mr. Robert Brady's tomb, I must confess. I got another dog though I thought I was never going to...