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Extreme Art and Architecture

By Jennifer Segelke

Earlier this year, Carlos Slim Helú, the world’s richest man, opened the doors to his $70 million art museum in Mexico City’s Polanco neighborhood. Named after his late wife Soumaya Domit de Slim who died in 1999, the Museo Soumaya is now home to his extensive private—66,000 pieces—collection, which includes works by Da Vinci, Dalí, Picasso, Renior, and the world’s second-largest Rodin collection. Designed by Fernando Romero (Helú’s son-in-law), the building is a whimsical, 150-foot-high structure with a shimmering, aluminum, honeycomb façade, and boasts nearly 60,000 square feet of exhibition space, six levels and a sculpture garden.

Photo by Gabriel A. Ramirez