The main entrance is graced by The Dove, a mammoth 20-ft., 4-ton bronze sculpture created by Mexican master sculptor Juan Soriano. Extending a warm welcome to visitors, The Dove is safeguarded and shared by MARCO as a sample of the genius of one of Mexico's most internationally acclaimed artists, who devoted over 50 years to sculpture and painting.
JUAN SORIANO (192O-2OO6)
He showed an interest for the arts at a very early age. In 1935, he headed for Mexico City, where he kept company with the era's illuminati and artistes. He taught in various schools in the 40´s and exhibited his works on numerous occasions. In 1951, he traveled to Rome, which would be his home for two years. Upon his return to Mexico, he founded the Poesía en Voz Alta (Poetry Out Loud) theatrical project with Octavio Paz, Leonora Carrington, and Jaime García-Terrés. That decade also saw the State of Jalisco award him the José Clemente Orozco prize.
Starting in 1961, he applied himself to a series of portraits of a single model, Lupe Marín, a period in which he delved into Abstractionism. In 1987, he was the recipient of the National Art Award. Madrid's Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía held the Juan Soriano Retrospectiva 1937-1997 in his honor, and a number of exhibitions in a multitude of venues marked the painter's 80th birthday in 2000.