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 June 04, 2014
San Miguel De Allende Unveils Contemporary Art Museum Project

 San Miguel de Allende has started remodeling on its new Museum of Contemporary Art scheduled to open in the end of 2015. Designed by the award-winning Mexican architect Enrique Norten, the museum will be housed in the center of the city in what was once a city jail (across the iconic Parroquia built in the XVII century in the Plaza).

San Miguel de Allende has a long relationship with the arts, becoming a popular destination for American expats who went to the city to create all kinds of artworks at the Institute Allende, where today, art classes can still be taken on a weekly or extended basis.

Today, there are streets full of art galleries, from modern and contemporary works to local artisans and indigenous works from around the Americas. One place aficionados should not miss is The Fabrica La Aurora a converted warehouse that has become an artists' sanctuary and is home to over forty galleries, studios, shops, and restaurants. Artists can often be found busy at work in their studios and new exhibits in contemporary art galleries, furniture and interior design stores, antiques and jewelry, linens and home accessories are always on.

There are also a number of art-centered events taking place in San Miguel de Allende, including the street art festival CaminARTE which takes place in different dates throughout the year and the SMART in the end of May which completely takes over the city and converts it into a living art-exhibit.

"The new museum will further enhance San Miguel de Allende's position in the international contemporary art circuit, attracting those travelers who are seeking new cultural trends," said Mauricio Trejo Pureco, Mayor of San Miguel de Allende. "The cosmopolitan San Miguel de Allende is ready to be the scenario of new artistic proposals".

San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende, better known as the heart of Mexico is considered the forge for the national independence and the birthplace of illustrious men and colonial jewel that is distinguished by the warmth and generosity of its people, its rich history, cultural and architectural.

On July 7, 2008, it was named by UNESCO a Cultural Heritage city; under the title of fortified town, San Miguel and the sanctuary of Jesús Nazareno de Atotonilco. The distinction was awarded due to its cultural and architectural contribution to Mexican Baroque. In 2013, it was recognized as the best city in the world, by the Condé Nast Traveler International magazine.