The richest man in the world, Carlos Slim recently gave the city of Mexico a culturally rich gift - an art museum. The mansion Slim, the Mexican Telecom tycoon lives in has proved to be small for his collection of 66,000 that contains some very rare pieces. The gleaming building, using modern architecture is already being praised as a landmark in the country's capital.
So what if Shahjahan built the Taj Mahal is memory of his wife, Carlos Slim has invested more than $800 million (approx Rs 3600 crore) in his new Soumaya Museum which is a metallic, six-storey structure shaped like an hourglass. The museum is named after Slim's late wife, Soumaya.
Inside the museum, a bronze cast of Auguste Rodin's The Thinker, which is also apparently one of Slim's favourite works of art, dominates the open lobby. There is a colourful mural pointing toward the bathrooms, the last mural by Diego Rivera. His vast collection of 66,000 pieces is dominated by European artists, including Van Gogh, El Greco, Matisse, Degas and Picasso.
Also there's a large section reserved for religious art. A Spanish painting of the Virgin of Toledo hangs besides a Mexican portrait of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
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