Photo Walk Nº54 – The Dolores Olmedo Museum and a Day of the Dead ofrenda

A beautiful hacienda full of art, peacocks and hairless dogs, and a Day of the Dead altar to Diego and Frida


For Photo Walk Nº54, we went down to the south of Mexico City to visit a beautiful colonial hacienda which belonged to art collector and businesswoman Dolores Olmedo. She donated her entire collection of pre-Hispanic, colonial, folk, modern and contemporary art and set up a museum. Of special interest to her were Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo and this museum has the largest collection of their paintings. Dozens of peacocks wander around the grounds of the colonial mansion and they also have 11 xoloitzcuintli dogs, known as Mexican Hairless Dogs, a pre-hispanic breed which the Aztecs considered sacred.

We first photographed the peacocks and dogs in the grounds and then made our way around the Arte Popular exhibition displaying arts and crafts from all around Mexico which Dolores Olmedo had collected. After having a coffee in the hacienda‘s cafeteria, we went to see the Day of the Dead exhibition which this year was about Mexican films and film producers. There was also an altar dedicated to Diego and Frida.

Finally, we wandered around the Frida Kahlo exhibition called “Frida, me pinto a mi misma” with many original paintings and drawing by this singular Mexican artist. 

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