Museo Soumaya - Publications


Museo Soumaya has published a free monthly magazine containing research about the collection since 1997, as well as thirteen appointment books illustrated with works from the collection and twenty-three books and catalogues.

European Painting from the Fifteenth to the Eighteenth Century in the Museo Soumaya Collection. 56 pp.
With an introduction by Luisa Fernanda Villegas about the artistic production of the medieval and Renaissance guilds, this catalogue explores painting in Holland, Spain, Italy, and France during the ages of humanism, the baroque, and the transition to neoclassicism. A selection of European Old Masters from the Museo Soumaya collection, including painters of the stature of Guardi, Vitale, Tintoretto, Sarto, Ribera, Bigot, and Vos, as well as splendid works from the ateliers of David Teniers, Rubens, and Vernet.

Mexican Scenes in the Work of Teresa Nava: Maquettes from the Carlos Monsiváis Collection. 95 pp.
Creative memory: this is one of the keys to the work of Teresa Nava. Out of a personal devotion to her family and to art, with respect and delicacy, she reconstructs what she knows, has been told, and imagines, the faithful portrait of her intuitions, writes Carlos Monsiváis in the foreword to this book. Domestic and religious spaces, private and public, are brought together in the colorful dioramas of the artist, on temporary exhibit at Museo Soumaya, Plaza Loreto.

In Our Own Image: Imaginary Licenses with a Statue by Auguste Rodin. 57 pp.
The love triangle of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin and his women –Rose Beuret and the celebrated artist Camille Claudel– is examined in this dramatization whose dialogues, by Juan Monterrubio, explore the themes of love, passion, despair, and forgetfulness.

Rodin in Mexico: Volumes of the Man, Forms of the Genius. 185 pp.
This catalogue is the result of a photography competition focused on the Auguste Rodin collection of the Museo Soumaya. It is fascinating how the photographic eye captures and establishes a wordless dialogue; with images that recount, in each one of the photos, a visual story, writes Soumaya Slim in the introduction to the volume. Twenty-six participants confront the colors, forms, and emotions of the French artist’s great sculptural projects.

Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century European Prints from the Manuel Álvarez Bravo Collection. 258 pp.
This catalogue gather a selection of European Renaissance prints from the collection of renowned photographer Manuel Álvarez Bravo (1902–2002). Never previously exhibited in Mexico or abroad, they were put on display in Museo Soumaya at Plaza Loreto in 1998. Illustrative of an age of great political, social, economic, and cultural changes in the West, these 105 prints of the German, Flemish, Italian, and French schools include works by great masters such as Dürer, Cranach, Stradanus, Brueghel, and the Beham brothers.

Nineteenth-Century Mexican Landscapes and Other Passages from the Museo Soumaya Collection. 255 pp.
Landscape, rural and urban, public and private, was a central element in the creation of a Mexican identity following independence in 1821. Vistas of natural surrounding by artist-travelers such as Chapman, Egerton, and Rugendas; views of churches, squares, and streets by Urbano López and Casimiro Castro; images of motley nineteenth-century society in the lithographs of the Italian engraver Claudio Linati… a series of landscapes and other passages exhibited at Museo Soumaya, Plaza Inbursa-Cuicuilco, and described in texts by Mónica López Velarde, Alberto Soberanis, Andrés Reséndiz, Ana Elena Mallet, and Carlos Monsiváis.

Shared Silences: Javier Hinojosa. 60 pp.
The platinum/palladium print is the most permanent of all photographic prints, according to photographer Javier Hinojosa, writing about his images of works by the sculptor Javier Marín. Fleeting moments in sculptural forms, bodies, gestures, and postures which, in the words of curator Ana Elena Mallet, begin to build worlds full of light and shadow, music and silence.

Still Wind: Mythologies and History in the Art of the Screen. Screens from the Seventeenth to the Nineteenth Century in the Museo Soumaya Collection. 263 pp.
Thirteen pieces from Asia, Europe, and the Americas illustrate the itinerary of the painted screen. A node of commercial contacts and influences between East and West, this utilitarian art object was an intimate part of daily life in Mexico for several centuries. Religious, mythological, and historical scenes, allegories, and landscapes are documented in this study, which includes two overviews by art historians Gustavo Curiel and Benito Navarrete.

The Legend of the Chromos: The Art of Twentieth-Century Mexican Calendars from Galas de México. 303 pp.
Santiago Galas founded his graphic arts company at the beginning of the twentieth century. Galas de México created a veritable encyclopedia of images. Working under the premise of painting what the clients wants, for a period of more than five decades the company mass-produced chromos for calendars, in Mexico and abroad. This catalogue, based on the exhibition curated by Alfonso Morales at Museo Soumaya, Plaza Inbursa-Cuicuilco, in 2000, examines the process of creating the chromolithographs, the restoration of the collection of the San Antonio Abad workshop, and the principal contributions of the culture of the calendar to the visual and graphic arts in Mexico.

2,300 Spoons and Utensils: 2,800 Years. 235 pp.
The collection of Ernest Richheimer, the lord of the spoons, comprises some 2,300 pieces assembled over the course of fifty years: ritual objects which have received the generic designation of “spoons.” Kitchen utensils with the most varied uses and travel implements. The catalogue also includes works of visual art related to the same subject, in many cases created especially for the collector by masters such as Rufino Tamayo, José Luis Cuevas, Francisco Toledo, Alberto Gironella, Sofía Bassi, Fernando Casas, and José García Ocejo.

Modesty and Frivolity: Three Centuries of Fashion in Mexico from the Museo Soumaya Collection. 36 pp.
Art historian Eva Ayala Canseco examines the different uses and ages of fashion as a social and cultural phenomenon. A fascinating account of everything from street clothes, evening gowns, and cocktail dresses, to wedding and mourning apparel, including the children’s fashions of “infant grownups” and the specifically Mexican traditions of rebozos and chinas poblanas. A lavish selection of images from the Museo Soumaya’s clothing collection, in a dialectic described by Carlos Monsiváis as oscillating between modesty and frivolity over a period of three hundred years.

Treasures of the Museo Soumaya in Mexico: Sixteenth to Nineteenth Century. 261 pp.
This book gathers the emblematic works exhibited at the Palacio del Marqués de Salamanca in Madrid and the Edificio de San Nicolás in Bilbao from April to July of 2004. A dialogue among the styles, techniques, sensibilities, and subject matters that united two continents over a period of almost four hundred years. Remarkable works by El Greco, Francisco de Zurbarán, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Trophime Bigot, Lucas Cranach, Martin de Vos, and Jacopo Tintoretto in combination with splendors of New Spain created by Cristóbal de Villalpando, Miguel Cabrera, Juan de Sáenz, and Nicolás Enríquez. The catalogue includes detailed studies by art historians Benito Navarrete, Alfonso Pérez Sánchez, and Gustavo Curiel.

Sanctuaries of the Intimate: Portraiture in Miniatures and Reliquaries from the Museo Soumaya Collection. 383 pp.
“Displays of technical mastery,” little containers of feelings, miniatures and reliquaries are a marvel to the sight and a promise to the emotions. Intimate immensity. Objects charged with the presence of other beings and of holy places are the subject of this catalogue: sanctuaries of the intimate. Texts by Guillermo Tovar de Teresa, Carolusa González Tirado, Eduardo Báez Macías, Alfonso Miranda Márquez, Eduardo Merlo Juárez, and Alicia Bazarte Martínez, among others, provide a detailed cultural and personal history of the miniature in art.

Miguel Covarrubias. Cuatro miradas / Four Visions. 219 pp.
This catalogue was published on the occasion of an exhibition organized in 2005 to celebrate the centennial of the birth of Miguel Covarrubias by the Museo Mural Diego Rivera, the Museo Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo, the Museo Soumaya, and Editorial RM. Several different authors examine the life and esthetic vision of the artist known as El Chamaco, including his work as caricaturist and illustrator and his interest in dance, literature, collecting, and ethnography. Magdalena Zavala, Américo Sánchez, Juan Coronel, and Carlos Monsiváis, among others, explore the versatility of a universal Mexican.

Marian Zodiac: 250 Years since the Pontifical Declaration of Our Lady of Guadalupe as Patroness of Mexico. 215 pp.
The devotion of the Virgin Mary gained great strength in Spain during both the Reconquista of the peninsula and the Conquest of the Americas. On Saturday, the 9th of December, 1531, just ten years after the city of Tenochtitlan had fallen to the Spaniards, there occurred an event that would mark the history, traditions, and culture of Mexico: the apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe to the Indian Juan Diego. In 1754 the Pope named the Virgin of Tepeyac the patron of the Mexicans, even before they had constituted an independent nation. The centerpiece of this catalogue, edited by Jaime Cuadriello, is The Pontifical Proclamation of the Patronage of Our Lady of Guadalupe over the Kingdom of New Spain, a painting attributed to Miguel Cabrera. Forty-four other works of art and liturgical objects connected with the fervent devotion of the Virgin Mary, from both Europe and New Spain, complete this exploration of the “Marian Zodiac.”

Six Centuries of Art: A Hundred Great Masters. 489 pp.
Celebrating the first decade of Museo Soumaya on the Mexican cultural scene, this catalogue offers a rich selection of the most representative works in the museum’s collection. Central figures in the history of art, from both Mexico and Europe, from the fifteenth through the twentieth century. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, pieces of clothing, and other applied arts illustrate the most emblematic moments of Western art history: European Old Masters, Mexican art of the colonial period and the nineteenth century, Rodin, impressionism, and the early avant-garde movements. In the words of José E. Iturriaga: What a great impact the discovery of America had on most of the world’s population. The exploit of Columbus continued to constitute a novelty, just like the fact the earth was not fixed or motionless, but rather revolved in its orbit around the sun.

Paper Treasures: Documents from the Centro de Estudios de Historia de México Condumex [now CARSO] at Museo Soumaya. 381 pp.
The Totomixlahuaca Codex; autograph letters of Christopher Columbus and the Catholic Kings, Isabel and Ferdinand; the Catecismo testeriano, documents relating to Hernán Cortés and Bernal Díaz del Castillo; proclamations from the Mexican War of Independence; the Plan de Iguala and the Manifiesto al Mundo of Agustín de Iturbide; portraits and documents of the emperors Maximilian and Carlota; letters from Benito Juárez and Porfirio Díaz; and documents related to Emiliano Zapata, Francisco Villa, and Venustiano Carranza. Five hundred years of history on paper –the evolutions and revolutions of Mexico– as part of a joint project of the Centro de Estudios de Historia de México CARSO and Museo Soumaya.Fundación Carlos Slim.

Juan Soriano: Signs of Identity. 181 pp.
Museo Soumaya dedicates this catalogue to Juan Soriano: to his art and to the artist himself. Paintings, sculptures, and drawings that bear witness to the most important creative moments in his career. From his early iconoclasm to works still on the easel. Self-portraits executed at the age of fourteen can be seen alongside the works he produced on his return from Greece and Rome. A selection of colorful canvases from his abstract period exemplify Soriano’s experimental side. Zoomorphic sculptures and the emblematic literary and theatrical project Poesía en voz alta complete this volume devoted to the personal life and career of the artist known as the thousand-year-old child.

The War between the United States and Mexico. Annotated by José E. Iturriaga. Lithographs by Carl Nebel from the Museo Soumaya Collection. 12 lithographs and a 22-page explanatory brochure.
With an introductory text by José E. Iturriaga Sauco, this publication consists of lithographs illustrating the battles between Mexico and the United States from 1846 to 1848. The romantic vision of the German artist Carl Nebel was given shape through his collaboration with lithographer Adolphe-Jean-Baptiste Bayot, illuminator George Frederick Rosenberg, and printer Rose-Joseph Lemercier. These colorful prints bear witness to a turbulent century that redefined Mexico’s historical path among the commonwealth of nations.

Myth, Mortals and Immortality. Works from Museo Soumaya de México. 86 pp.
Testimonio del diálogo entre Museo Soumaya.Fundación Carlos Slim y el Instituto Smithsoniano de Washington, esta publicación español-inglés da cuenta de una centena de obras artísticas de los siglos XVI al XX. Se agrupan en doce temas centrales del imaginario nacional: la herencia indígena, emblemática y viva; el episodio novohispano, de espíritu barroco y espacios domésticos y religiosos; el costumbrismo y la representación de tipos populares; el género de retrato, lazos familiares y ritos ancestrales; el Popocatépetl y el Iztaccíhuatl elevados a leyenda; la abundancia y la exuberancia natural; el Muralismo, la faceta más importante de la plástica nacional; así como las manifestaciones de una devoción fundamental latinoamericana en el amparo de la Virgen de Guadalupe.

The Age of Rodin. La Era de Rodin. 214 pp.
A collaboration between the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Museo Soumaya. Fundación Carlos Slim, this bilingual volume (Spanish-English) is the catalogue of an exhibition that traveled to the principal capital cities of Latin America. It pays tribute to the French sculptor and to his disciples and contemporaries: Ernest Barrias, Émile-Antoine Bourdelle, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse, Charles Cordier, Alexandre Falguière, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Henri Peinte, Hiram Powers, James Pradier, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, among many others.

Love in the Museo Soumaya Collection. 232 pp.
This publication explores the raptures of eroticism and mysticism through works in the collection of the Museo Soumaya.Fundación Carlos Slim, drawing also on material from the Centro de Estudios de Historia de México CARSO, the Museo del Estanquillo, the Daniel Liebsohn collection, the Museo Nacional de Arte, the Fundación Miguel Alemán, the Museo del ex Convento de Huejotzingo, and the Convento del Carmen de la Puebla de los Ángeles. Texts have been contributed by some eminent figures in Mexican literary, cultural, and religious circles, who share their insights into the madness of love: Ernesto de la Peña, Alberto Ruy Sánchez, Vicente Quirarte, Guadalupe Loaeza, Pedro Reyes, Karen Cordero, and José de Jesús Aguilar, as well as a delicious recipe from Mónica Patiño.

Days of Smoke. 296 pp.
Both pleasure and vice, tobacco is a symbol of the most varied conditions. It has often been the target of scandal and criticism, even before its present-day stigmatization. This catalogue examines the ritual history, uses and customs, and the deep cultural roots of the act of smoking. More than eight hundred pieces, including paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, works of applied art, photographs, motion picture stills, videos, television commercials, and objects of different kinds: cigarettes and cigarette holders, cigars, pipes, matchboxes, comic strips, calendars, labels, trademarks, and images by artists and creators. Great collections and collectors studied by Ana Elena Mallet, the curator of the exhibition, as well as by Nicolás Alvarado, Juan Manuel Aurrecoechea, and Julio Patán.

Gibran: The Prophet. 143 pp.
The poet and universal artist Gibran Kahlil Gibran has led us through his thought and writing to what is most essential: the depths of being and the fathomless mysteries of love. With his refined sensibility, the Lebanese writer remains an icon of wisdom in the Middle East. Poet, philosopher, essayist, artist, and celebrant of life. This volume includes reproductions of the first manuscript drafts of central works such as The Prophet and The Madman, typescripts and first editions, works of visual art, photographs, books, and personal objects that reveal the human dimension of the thinker, the exquisite poet of the desert and the oasis. The material selected comes from a collection held for many years by Kahlil Gibran, the artist’s nephew and godson, which is now in the possession of the Fundación Carlos Slim.

The Realm of Form: Great Masters. Museo Franz Mayer, Museo Nacional de San Carlos, and Museo Soumaya. 157 pp.
For the first time, the European collections of the Museo Nacional de San Carlos, Museo Franz Mayer y Museo Soumaya. Fundación Carlos Slim join forces in a common project. This unprecedented exhibition explores the rich Western inheritance in the uses and customs, as well as the collective imaginary, of Mexico. A mirror of sensibilities and traditions that united two continents through painting and sculpture, present on the same stage in their two great expressions: religious and secular. The catalogue gathers a selection of great masters of the Western tradition, including Francisco de Zurbarán, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Sebastián Gómez, el Mulato, Luca Giordano, Trophime Bigot, José de Ribera, Lo Spagnoletto, Bernardo Llorente Germán, Joshua Reynolds, Horace Vernet, and many others. A record of a traveling exhibition that has already visited numerous states in Mexico.

Mexican Calendars. 339 pp.
The vogue of Mexican calendar art marked a milestone in the cultural history of the country. These lavish, colorful images can be considered from two fascinating vantage points: the process of creation, design, and technical production, and the central role they played in the creation of a Mexican identity. This bilingual catalogue, published to accompany the permanent exhibition Calendarios mexicanos at Museo Soumaya, Plaza Loreto, explores the images produced by Galas de México and sold all over Mexico to decorate commercial establishments and accompany trademarks and logos. Clients counted the days by means of images they were able enjoy all year round. The exhibition gives special attention to the industrial process of reproducing the original works in oil, pastel, and watercolor. By means of RAInfinitum technology, the catalogue also includes audio and video interviews with the painters, their relatives, and other employees of the largest calendar operation of the twentieth century in Mexico.

Sophia Loren. México. Ayer, hoy y mañana / Sophia Loren. Mexico. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. 281 pp
The legacy of Sophia Loren is a long path of life and creation. A world-famous actress, the recipient of numerous international awards and distinctions, Loren has received the greatest tribute she could wish for: the admiration of a public that for generations has enjoyed and applauded her films, her personality, and her beauty. Since 1953, Loren has received star billing in almost all the motion pictures in which she has appeared. Accompanied by producer Carlo Ponti, also her husband, and under the direction of the great filmmaker Vittorio De Sica, in 1960 she was to act in one of her most acclaimed films: Two Women (La ciociara), for which she received an Oscar, followed by a warm welcome and numerous offers from Hollywood. Sophia built up a solid dramatic partnership with Marcello Mastroianni in films acclaimed by critics all over the world, including Marriage Italian Style (Matrimonio all’italiana), also directed by De Sica in 1964, and A Special Day (Una gironata particolare), directed by Ettore Scola in 1977. Museo Soumaya.Fundación Carlos Slim celebrates the career of one of the world’s most emblematic actress with the book Sophia Loren. Mexico. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, in which films, visual art, fashion, and personal testimonies constitute an invitation to explore the world of the Italian diva and to relive some of the golden moments in the history of the seventh art.

Azul en el Soumaya is the first children’s story published by the Fundación Carlos Slim. Azul visits the Museo Soumaya at Plaza Carso with her grandmother. The little girl takes an imaginary tour alongside Rodin’s Thinker, discovering some of the most representative paintings of this great Mexican collection.