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Visit El Nigromante Culture Center

By Jade Arroyo

The Cultural Center El Nigromante, popularly known as Bellas Artes, currently offers five art exhibitions in different media and styles. There is at least one for every taste.

These exhibitions are on display until April 24, so stop and visit this amazing venue with its stunning 18th century architecture. This center for art and culture is affiliated with INBA (National Institute of Fine Arts Cultural Center) and under its protection. Over time, Bellas Artes has been one of the key areas in cultural and artistic work in the region in addition to being recognized for its extensive contribution to the formation of several generations of artists in various genres and disciplines, such as painting, music, pottery, and dancing.

It also houses the administrative offices for organizations like the Chamber Music Festival, The Writers’ Festival, and the Puppet Festival.



A little bit of history

The building was originally built as a religious convent, Convento de la Concepción, in 1755, by the architect Francisco Martínez Guidiño. It was inaugurated although unfinished in 1765 by its founder Sor Maria Josefa de la Canal y Hervas. This building remained a convent until the time of the Reforma and was used later for other purposes. In 1938, under the direction of Felipe Cossio del Pomar and through the Secretary of Real Estate, the property was given to Bellas Artes.

Throughout time and different stages of the building’s use, some great artists have left their mark here: David Alfaro Siqueiros, Pedro Martínez, and Eleanor Cohen.



1. Hilos, por Lena Bartula. Sala Principal.

2. Sarapes del Porfiriato. Sala Arte Mexicano.

3. Sentido de Lugar, fotografía por Bruce Janklow.

4. Nuestra presencia, obras de Alejandro Romero.

5. Recinto, escultura por Miguel Ángel Morales.


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