Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Taj Mahal, of Sorts

A symbol of eternal love, the Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Today another monument stands testiment to a man’s love. Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helu has housed his collection of some 66,000 works of art in a new building, named Museo Soumaya, after his wife Soumaya Domit de Slim.

The museum holds works by many famous European artists from the 15th to the 20th century, including Tintoretto, Dali, Picasso, Renoir, van Gogh and Monet.  It contains 380 works by sculptor August Rodin.

Particularly good news is that the museum is open to the public free of charge. Mr. Slim’s mission is to allow the general Mexican public to view an important collection of great masters in Mexico, so without expensive travel to Europe.

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