Discovered from this interview designboom did with Fernando Romero. It says something very powerful in a simple image. About art, urban development and the limits of commodification. I had previously read about the scale and context of the Soumaya Museum as simply one aspect of Grupo Carso urban investment strategy: “It’s true that the museum will be free to the public and open seven days a week. But it is also just one part of a $490m new real-estate development called Plaza Carso, which is already dotted with Slim properties including shops, a five-star hotel, offices and high-end condominium towers, all in well-heeled Polanco on the site of what used to be a tyre factory. Now in place of post-industrial blight stands an edifice that at first is so bewildering it appears to reflect some sort of virtual reality ”
But the reality of seeing the visual juxtaposition of an art museum and Costco in the same shot, really brings it home.
For an interesting post-script read this ArtInfo reviewof the Museo Soumaya by Benjamin Genocchio, whose essential message is money can’t but taste.