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The Printmaking Museum: Museo Nacional de la Estampa

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The Museo Nacional de la Estampa (MUNAE) is the national printmaking and graphic arts museum. English-speakers, perhaps through no fault of their own, may confuse it with the Museo de Estanquillo, a private collection of eclectic collectibles. It also gets confused the museum inside the Postal Palace. That one does include some information on philately (postage stamps).

But all of this is a shame, because the National Printmaking Museum is a major collection of important works, about 12,000 of them. Many are by Mexican artists. But the international collection is enormous too. Since the museum opened in 1986, its artistic heritage has only grown. This has been thanks to the generosity of other institutions, collectors, artists, publishers, and workshops. Donations have continued to enrich the collection.

The former Parroquia de la Santa Veracruz and the San Juan de Dios church, dates back about 400 years. The Parroquia de la Santa Veracruz is believed to have been the first church in Mexico City. The MUNAE opened in 1986, and the building dates from the end of the 19th century.

The MUNAE acts to study and educate on the multiple printmaking processes practiced in the country. Prints are understood as a visual art whose particularity is in its multiple and reproducible character. The museum’s mission is to preserve, document, and research the National Collection of Prints.

While the Museo Nacional de la Estampa does offer sometime workshops in printmaking, most international visitors will be keenly interested in the collection. Exhibitions rotate frequently, but each offers something fascinating and curious to lean in and see.

Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Museo de la EstampaFounded in 1986, this museum presents an important collection of Mexican graphic art. The building was part of the grounds of the Santa Veracruz Parish. With the nationalization of church property in 1860, the land was privatized and sold. The current building dates from the 19th century after several modifications. By 1967 the plaza was restored and the search for a site for the collection had begun. The National Institute of Fine Arts and Literature acquired the property and on December 17, 1986 the National Museum of Printmaking was opened. The precinct exhibits an important collection of more than 12,000 works by national and international artists, mainly from the 20th and 21st centuries. This collection includes prints, engravings, original matrices, and editions, making it one of the most important graphic art collections in the country.

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