The Foto Museo Cuatro Caminos is a project of the Pedro Meyer Foundation. Dedicated to the exhibition, diffusion, and analysis of photography, it’s one of the premier museums in this corner of the city.
The project began in early 2012 in what had been an industrial building and plastics factory in the 1940s Funding came from the Pedro Meyer Foundation with economic support from the National Council for Culture and the Arts. The remodeling was carried out by the architect Mauricio Rocha Iturbide, and the museum opened on September 5, 2015.
With more than 5000 square meters of space, there are three galleries for exhibitions, an auditorium for 150 people, four classrooms for educational activities, plus a cafe, shop, restaurant, and a terrace open to the public.
The first large institution dedicated solely to photography, it came about after the Centro de Imagen and takes its place as a geographical place where there are practically no cultural spaces . In that sense, once again, we will be working closely with the authorities of Mexico City.
The museum has ongoing temporary exhibitions which have included all kinds of photography. Fashion, documentary and experimental photos are just the tip of the iceberg as the staff are dedicated to curating and presenting cutting edge, and historically prescient exhibitions of the highest quality.
The Foto Museo website states:
“We believe that photography is not what it was before: photographic language has expanded to other media, new media, and artistic disciplines. Museums must adapt to the new forms of production and consumption of culture, abandoning their positions as the singular voice of cultural practices. The public has woken up and has also become a creator of content, a fact that affects the cultural ecosystem bidirectionally.”
The Foto Museo has taken on the role with some aplomb.