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The Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts, opened in 2002, is the only museum in the world dedicated to Spanish Colonial art. What defines Spanish colonial art? It's the art that arose in Spain's New World... Read More
The Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts, opened in 2002, is the only museum in the world dedicated to Spanish Colonial art. What defines Spanish colonial art? It's the art that arose in Spain's New World colonies. Passed down through generations, there are still artists working in these original forms thanks to the support of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society who first conceived the idea for the museum in 1929. It took almost a quarter of a century to bring to fruition. The museum, housed in a former home designed by John Gaw Meem, often called the "father of pueblo revival architecture," has a mission. It "collects, preserves, and exhibits the Spanish colonial art of New Mexico and beyond." They mount about six new exhibitions a year. Ongoing exhibits include the Beltrán-Kropp Art Collection from Peru and A World of Art Filigree and Finery: The Art of Adornment in New Mexico.
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- Museums: "If you want to see Spanish colonial art at its finest, come to the annual Spanish Market held in the Santa Fe Plaza at the end of July. Accomplished artists show their wares. There's a separate section for young artists who will perpetuate these artistic traditions."
- Best for Museums Because: Spanish Colonial art is indelibly woven into the fabric of Santa Fe and New Mexico.