Wednesday, June 24, 2015


A day trip to Monterrey, 800kms north, not far from the US border, population around 4m. 
On our way into town from the airport the first thing that strikes you are the mountains which come right up to the city (or the city comes right up to them), including The Saddle seen here. Stopped off at the Consulate (which w share with Canada) then into the foothills to the house of Liliana Melo de Sada, a wealthy patron of the arts. And what a house. It looked like a 17th Century English country pile chocabloc of antique furniture, paintings covering every inch of wall space, a trophy room… but learnt that it was built just 32 years ago. Anyway, nice lady, good meeting about a couple of dance projects, and always interesting to see how the other half live. 
In the afternoon we visited the 100 year old Escuela Superior de Musica y Danza de Monterrey which will be the venue for one of the projects, and then MARCO, the city's big contemporary art museum. Great building designed by Ricardo Legoretta and two interesting exhibitions: American graphic designer Lance Wyman (which I already saw at MUAC in Mexico City) and a big one on Stanley Kubrick which made me want to see his films all over again. But it was the building that really did it for me.

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