Palace of Fine Arts

The great Mexican standard

Built mainly with white marble on the outside and colored marble in the interior, the Palace of Fine Arts is 52 meters high up to the spiral and with walls decorated with works by the greatest Mexican muralists such as José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Rufino Tamayo.

The first play formally presented at the venue was The Suspicious Truth, written by Juan Ruíz Alarcón and with the participation of Mexican actress Maria Teresa Montoya. Today, the Palace of Fine Arts has several stages and rooms for temporary and permanent exhibition of works of art. It also has a room that stands out for its capacity for 2,257 people, along with a 24-meter-long stage that boasts the great unique anti-fire curtain in the world, which has the image of Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl engraved, made by Tiffany.

One of the characteristic phenomena of the construction is the constant sinking of the floor where the Palace of Fine Arts was built, which began to be manifested in 1907, as it can be appreciated, the enclosure is several meters below the level of the street. However, in spite of the earthquakes and the constant changes of climate, this cultural enclosure remains intact and in excellent condition, due to the appropriate interventions. In 1993 the underground parking lot was built. Its domes were restored between 2000 and 2004. From 2008 to 2010 the theater and the performance hall were restored, where stage, lighting, acoustics, stage machinery, platforms, cabins and seats were renewed.

In 1987, UNESCO declared the Palace of Fine Arts "Artistic Monument". Great orchestras of the world have performed there, such as the Philharmonic Orchestra of New York, London, Vienna and Moscow, as well as tenors Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and sopranos such as Maria Callas, Alexander Kipnis, Marylin Horne and Birgit Nilsson.

To 80 years of its construction, it is enough to say: Long life to the art!, As it prays that popular phrase, that of not being certain, the greatness that radiates and the colors that keeps the "endearing white meringue", as it is called the writer Elena Poniatowska, would not cause so many sighs to the Mexicans who roam on the Juarez Avenue and the Eje Central.