Museo Internacional del Barroco, Mexico

Curled white concrete walls and a water-filled courtyard frame this museum of Baroque art and culture in Mexico by Japanese architect Toyo Ito. Toyo Ito & Associates designed the Museo Internacional del Barroco (MIB) for a five hectares plot on the edge of a park near the city of Puebla. It hosts examples of Baroque art ranging from painting, sculpture and fashion to architecture, music, theatre, literature and food.







The building, 19.52 m maximum height, has two levels above ground. Fluted slabs white concrete with a bush-hammered finish forms the walls, while a crescent-shaped pond wraps the building, intended to create a visual connection with the park. Terraces overlook the adjacent greenery, while galleries are arranged around a central courtyard covered in a thin film of water by a fountain.









Inside, there are floors and a mezzanine level with a combined area of just over 18,000 square metres. Upon entering the building one will reach the main hall, from which you can immediately access the museum exhibition areas, the auditorium as well as the upper level. This space communicates with the exhibition hall, from which you can access both the permanent and temporary exhibitions. Permanent and temporary exhibitions are largely located at ground level around the central courtyard, alongside a 300-seat auditorium, a ticket office, a cloakroom, an information centre and a museum shop.






The permanent collection is housed in eight themed exhibition halls, showing the Baroque influence on fidderent cultural disciplines. Temporary exhibits are set in a suite of three rooms that can be used separately or merged into a single hall. The first floor also houses offices, research and education rooms, where visitors can watch the restoration of Baroque art works or refer to original documents in the library. There is also the International Baroque Saloon for visiting experts, and a restaurant and terrace where visitors can sample Baroque dishes.








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