Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno Carlos Mérida
Guatemala City’s Museum of Modern Art (tel. 2472-0467, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tues.–Fri., 9 a.m.–noon and 1:30–4 p.m. Sat.–Sun, $1.50) focuses largely on the work of its namesake artist, including examples of his cubist art and large murals.
He’s Guatemala’s most celebrated artist; his work also adorns the inside of several buildings in Guatemala City’s Centro Cívico, including City Hall, with a giant mural known as Canto a la Raza (Ode to the Race), recently restored.
Among the other interesting works found here is one titled La Peste (Pestilence) by Rodolfo Abularach, reminiscent of Picasso’s Guernica.
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