Travelogue: Fundación de Artistas in Merida, Mexico

Occasionally when traveling you find a place so beautiful and inspiring, you just have to document it and show all the people you can.  This was the case for me when I happened upon Fundación de Artistas in Merida, Mexico during a recent trip to the Yucatan.  This non-profit foundation, opened in 2015 by the owners of Coqui Coqui, the famed local perfumer, is a center for the arts hosting exhibitions, performances, and residencies.  The foundation is housed in a stunning former colonial home in the center of Merida with large, spawling rooms used as gallery spaces all of which open up onto a beautiful central courtyard replete with a bubbling period fountain.

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At the time we visited there was a perfectly-curated and inspiring exhibition of works by artist Ulrike Arnold and photographer Victor Van Keuren (above).

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Instead of re-plastering and re-painting, the walls were all stripped and left bare, exposing extraordinary layers upon layers of brightly-colored paint, and creating a work of art all its own.  Local pianists often play for guests in the courtyard.

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Hammock by Angela Damman, woven ball sculpture by Fernando Lazcano Hernandez

Hammock by Angela Damman, woven ball sculpture by Fernando Lazcano Hernandez

The foundation also offers fresh juices, a shop space (above) filled with beautiful work by local artists and designers, and a small library.

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Braided local fiber sculpture by artist Marcela Diaz.

Braided local fiber sculpture by artist Marcela Diaz.

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The perfect place to accidentally spend the entire afternoon, as I did.  Learn more about about Fundación de Artistas here.