Museo Nacional de Arte



From Rock to Clay: Mexican sculpture from the 19th to the 20th century

18 de Aug 2016

The Glyptotheque of the Museo Nacional de Arte is a space created as part of the renovation of its permanent exhibitions. This space includes sculptures of artists like Manuel Tolsá, José María Labastida, Manuel Vilar, Gabriel Guerra, Jesús Contreras, Oliverio Martínez, Rómulo Rozo, Francisco Arturo Marín, Mardonio Magaña, among others.

We include more than 70 sculptures made of plaster, bronze, terracotta, clay, stone, and wood; as well as a series of works on paper related to sculpture. For example, drawings, lithographs, and engravings. The sculptural production is an important field in our country’s history of art and it deserves a space for exhibition, interpretation and its own study.

In an etymological sense, the term glyptotheque is a combination of the Greek words “glyptós” (engraved and sculpted stones) and “theque” (place). Together they refer to a space in which the qualities of sculptures and the stylistic links between them can be admired.

The Glyptotheque is located in room 22, in the first floor of the museum