There are countless great Latino and Hispanic artists whose names will forever remain in the canon of art history. You will have a hard time stepping foot in one museum without finding at least one piece of artwork by artists from Central and South America, Spain and Portugal.
That said, there are five notably famous artists who have entire museums dedicated to their life’s work. These museums are definitely worth traveling to see. What’s more, the trips can be rather affordable. For example, you’re not going to have to sell your house or take out a loan in order to make it to see Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul in Mexico, it’s a reasonably-priced excursion. Read on to see how you should plan your next artistic vacation!
Of course, we were going to talk about Picasso! This ultra-famous Spanish artistic celebrity actually has two museums, one in Paris and one in Barcelona. You’re spoiled with choice on this one. With a rich and incredibly diverse artistic career, Picasso is the father of Cubism, an art movement that took the world by storm in the early 20th century. At either of these museums, you can track the different steps of his career and see the way his style and technique developed over the years.
Guillermo Del Toro
Although you may initially know Guillermo del Toro as a filmmaker, he’s much more than that. He is a fantasy-based artist whose objects and artwork have made their way into his very own museum in Guadalajara Mexico. The museum, En Casa Con Mis Monstruos, displays a diverse collection of his works that have significantly influenced many of his films that you may have seen.
Ah, Frida! Her work is as complex as it is beautiful. A leader in the Surrealist movement, she was also deeply political with strong ties to communism. Her polyamorous lifestyle was made evident in her letters to her various lovers and a further analysis of her paintings demonstrates her ability to be in love with multiple people at the same time. She was born and died in the Casa Azul or Blue House in Mexico. This has since become a museum completely dedicated to her work.
For a mind-bending experience, spend some time gazing at any one of Dalí’s works. Dalí was a surrealist artist in his own right and left an indelible mark on 20th-century art. His renown was so widespread that he has museums and galleries dedicated to him all over the world. For those looking to see a wealth of work by this Spanish artist all the while staying in the US, know that one of the most incredible collections is housed in St. Petersburg, Florida at a museum called The Dalí.
His works are also found in major museums across America such as the MoMa, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago. If you’re looking to leave America and set out on a European adventure, most of the Dal museums are found in Spain, especially in the Catalonia region, where he was born.