Pasaje Revolucion – Macay Museum Sculpture Garden

Between the Macay Museum and the Cathedral of San Ildefonso is a passageway (Pasaje de la Revolución) that the Macay Museum uses as a sculpture garden.  There are other things in the buildings there; an artesania shop, a furniture store, the Macay itself… The pasaje also cuts a bit of distance off a walk from calles 60 to 58.

Well the reason for this post is to show some of the current sculpture exhibition.  I was through the area the other day and was really taken with these fabulous sculptures


José Luis Cuevas (b. 1943, Mexico) is one of the most renowned and influential living artists in Mexico. Controversial and nonconformist in character, Cuevas made his views known in The Cactus Curtain (La Cortina del Nopal) published in 1957, in which he fervently opposed Muralism and any other form of institutionalized art that emerged from the Mexican School, arguing instead for greater freedom for Mexican art. His leadership of the Generación de Ruptura (the Rupture Generation), in the late 1950s, marked a split from the Mexican School and the beginning of a new stage in Mexican contemporary art.

José Luis Cuevas works mainly in drawing and engraving. He is a master draftsman. Paper was present in Cuevas’ life from the time he was a child, having grown up on the second floor of a building that housed a paper and pencil factory. Since 1991, he has also worked as a sculptor.

In his artwork, Cuevas represents the most obscure aspects of humans. During his youth, he visited brothels, hospitals and mental institutions throughout the city of Mexico in search of models for his drawings. Cuevas deforms the human figure, creating grotesque characters through disproportion. His expressionist style resembles the satiric portraits of José Clemente Orozco (Mexico, 1883-1949) and the engravings of Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spain, 1746-1828). In presenting the desolation of humanity, Cuevas captures the most vulnerable moments of the human being. The universality of Cuevas’ themes is reflected in the anonymity of his characters.

At the age of 21, Cuevas presented his work in an individual exhibition at the Pan American Union in Washington D.C. The success of this exhibit resulted in early international recognition.


About Debi in Merida

I moved from Colorado Springs, Colorado USA to Merida, Yucatan, MX in January 2006. I love to read, garden, travel, and hang out with friends.
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4 Responses to Pasaje Revolucion – Macay Museum Sculpture Garden

  1. 準備吹發 says:


  2. Noble says:

    This particular exhibit actually brought me to tears when I saw it a few weeks ago on my visit to Mérida. Having met Sr. Cuevas in 1979 (barely out of diapers myself) at his home in México City and ridden in a van with him to Morelia for an exhibit opening there, I can tell you that he has always been a "huge figure" personally and artistically. The notes he has written to his wife on each one of these paintings are beautiful, intimate, simply human. I was truly moved by this exhibit. I am so used to his small work that to see these large works really made an impact on me. My only complaint (and it's a big one) is that the exhibit was hung so low down. It was very difficult to appreciate, particularly since each painting was "read" also. Thank you for posting this. It was one of the MANY highlights of my visit.

  3. Tom and Debi says:

    Calypso, Indeed -n we live in a wonderous place, and in exciting times!Debi

  4. calypso says:

    Here in Mexico we are very lucky to have so many great museums and art galleries ;-)Thank you for the terrific photos.

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