The Soumaya Museum is an art gallery, located in Mexico City, Mexico.
It has been funded by Carlos Slim, the world’s wealthiest person according to Forbes magazine.
Building and opening
The museum building is an avant-garde construction; it has been described as resembling an “oversize mushroom thought up by Magritte” and a “stretched, twisted … cube”.
It was designed by Slim’s son-in-law, Fernando Romero and cost an estimated total of $34m to complete. The building is 150 feet tall and the outer walls are covered in 16,000 hexagonal aluminium plates.
The museum was built in honour of Slim’s late wife, Soumaya Domit, who died of kidney failure in 1999. In early March 2011, it was announced that the museum would open on March 29 2011.
Carlos Slim Helú (1940-present) is a Lebanese-Mexican businessman. He is the Chairman and CEO of two large telecommunications companies, and has various global business interests.
Slim has been ranked as the richest person in the world several times and currently holds that accolade, according to Forbes magazine. His estimated net worth is $53.5bn.
He commissioned the museum after the death of his wife. His foundation will cover all maintenance costs.
The museum will display much of Slim’s 66,000-piece art collection. This includes paintings by Diego Rivera, Pablo Picasso, Leonardo Da Vinci, Pierre-August Renoir, and Salvador Dali.
It will also contain a collection of rare coins once owned by the viceroys of Spain.
Most notably, it will house Slim's collection of sculptures by Auguste Rodin, the second biggest outside of France. This includes some of Rodin’s most famous works, such as ‘The Kiss’ and ‘The Thinker’.
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