Sunday, September 27, 2009

Palacio Clavijero

The place I liked the most in Morelia was the Clavijero Palace. It was built in the 17th century, and is now a museum. The day we went, there were seven expositions. There was a very cool one about modern, useful ceramics. There were some great designs there. Another exhibition was done by a sculpture artist who used obsidiana stone for some very interesting carvings. Unfortunately, no pictures were allowed. I was only permited to photograph the building, the murals by Alfredo Zalce, and the poster exposition from the last biennal
competition. This is a competition done every two years, and there were posters from everywhere, with themes ranging from ecology, domestic violence, art, music, women's rights, animal preservation, anti-was, I mean every kind of theme. There were hundreds of poster. The whole top floor was full of these incredible creations.

This is the top part of the main entrance to the palace.

Through the main entrance you can see the fountain.

This is the courtyard with its fountain.

View of the courtyard fron the second floor.
You can see the floor pattern from here.

It was a bit cloudy, but the light effect was beautiful.
Wish I knew how to take better photographs.
Cannot even imagine what a profesional
photographer could do with this.

Alfredo Zalce's murals. Very Mexican muralists style.

They are painted in the stairwell that goes to the 2nd floor.

Love this one with the working hands and eyes.....

Looking down from the stairs you can see the fountain again.

View from one side to the other. These windows
do not have glass, they are just open rectangles.

Another side to side view. I just kind of
liked the way it looked.

And a few (very few!) examples of the posters.

I was surprised to see this one from my hometown,
Puerto Rico.

Too bad the glass gave off so much reflsection. No matter how I moved, the light from so many sources showed up on the photo.
There were so many, and I liked almost ALL of them.
So I hope you also enjoyed this small sample of this incredible museum. Next time I go, I'll try to get previous permission so they let me take photos of the other expositions.
Hope you have a lovely week!!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Morelia V

Continuing with Morelia.
We came upon another small plaza. In the plaza there was a statue of Miguel de Cervantes, and here many artists were selling their creations. Water colors, pastels, oil, and sculptures made of used metal parts. It was very interesting to see so many different types of works of art....

El manco de Lepanto, Miguel de Cervantes.

Metal Man

More metal creations, and in the back an outdoor café.


Views of Morelia.

Another view of the plaza.

More art....

By this time, we were hungry, so
we stooped to eat at this corner fonda.
Very old building, but the food was good.

I haven't finished posting all the photos from this trip, and we are already planning on going there soon again. I better hurry up and finish this series.
Wish you all a great weekend!!!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Morelia IV

As I said before, there are a lot of stone buildings in Morelia. We found a small plaza with another church. There was hardly anybody here. We sat down to rest, and across from the plaza I saw this small hotel. If I ever stay in Morelia overnight, I'd like to stay at this place....

This is the small hotel.

Huge iron flower pots decorated the plaza.

Stone and iron...

I enjoy looking at the texture of these old walls.

Here the side entrance of the church can be seen.

The view from one church to another.

Most churches here have an iron fence around them,
But this one had stone walls all around it.

Another view of the stone wall.
This place was very peaceful and relaxing.

Unfortunately the church was closed. I would
have liked to see the inside.

Anyone visiting Mexico should reealy come here (Dani, you have to come here, you will love it). I still have about a trillion photos from this visit. I hope it doesn't get boring..
Have a good night.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Morelia III

We stepped into this store in Downtown Morelia. It was an old building with a big courtyard, which was the main part of the store (the courtyard was covered). They sold all sorts of things, especially Mexican artesanĂ­as (typical artwork). I liked this place very much. They had calaveras (dressed up skeletons), leather bags, querubines (those strange angels that have only heads and wings), wooden boxes, so many nice things. Here are the photos...

There was this stone fountain in the middle of the courtyard.

Iron benches, plants, balconies.....I liked this very much.

Lots of candles, wooden furniture, religious paintings....

Calaveras, all dressed up ready for a party.

Wall full of querubines.

I love these wooden boxes. The colores are beautiful.
They have iron fittings.

So much stuff.

We enjoyed this place even if we didn't buy anything. Sometimes just looking is enough to feel satisfied.
I hope you are having a great week.
Hasta pronto.