Fifty miles from Mexico City is Cuernavaca, a city known for its lush vegetation and pleasant climate. Cuernavaca is home to the Robert Brady Museo, a museum that was once the home of Iowa-born designer, artist and collector Robert Brady (1928-1986). Brady studied art at a handful of notable institutions in the U.S. before moving to Europe. He lived in Venice, Italy for several years and then moved to Cuernavaca in 1962 where he bought a portion of the 16th century monastery Casa de la Torre. He filled the home with a vibrant collection of art, including pieces by Frida Kahlo, Rufino Tamayo, Maria Izquierdo, Maurice Prendergast, Marsden Hartley, Graham Sutherland as well as his own art pieces.
Both the architecture of the home and the interior decor speak to me — all of the arches and nichos, the bold color choices, and of course the mix of modern and folk art pieces from around the globe. The museum houses 14 rooms that are open to the public, and together they exhibit more than 1300 objects. I’m quite smitten with the wall hanging on display here as well as the fun mix of cushions on the built-in sofa bench. It reminds me of The Parker Palm Springs meets a cafe in Marrakech.
Love how Hot! Hot! Hot! the bedroom is, huh? Could you deal with this much color in your bedroom? I find it soothing!
Looking through the images of the museum, it’s fun to see pieces that remind me of pieces from my own collections, like the Toliman pottery figures pictured on the left — I have one that I found at the Rose Bowl flea market about a decade ago. I would love to visit in person someday soon and take in all this inspiration! It’s one of my favorite things to visit the homes of artists and see how they live/d. Have you been? Is it on your bucket list?