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Richest man in the world opens art museum in Mexico City
According to the AP, the Soumaya is named after Slim's late wife and designed by his son-in-law, architect Fernando Romero. The curvy structure's exterior is covered with over 16,000 hexagon shaped aluminum panels that glimmer radically in the Mexican sun. The massive interior is 183,000 square feet, providing plenty of space to peruse Slim's collection. The art housed within the Soumaya will be a rotation of the billionaire's personal art collection, which includes over 66,000 (!) pieces. The Soumaya opens to the public on March 29.
"I believe that we have to find means for all desirable things to be universally accessible. Culture. Entertainment. Sport. Communication. Health. Food. Housing. The fundamental things."
The avant-garde Soumaya is located in the Polanco neighborhood of Mexico City. Tuesday night was a soft opening media event and included guests such as Larry King, Mexican President Felipe Calderon, and Nobel Laureate Garcia Marquez.flickr image via vladimix