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Reviewed 1 week ago

I knew nothing about Guayasamin before the front desk at the hotel recommended the museum to us, but it is a must see in Quito. The tours are so in depth that you really feel that you understand the artist and his work when you are finished. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

First, it is somewhat confusing to call this a Museum. When you arrive at the complex you are directed first to a Chapel, La Capilla del Hombre. Granted that in that chapel there are many paintings, but Guayasamin calls it a chapel - a secular chapel, devoted to man's inhumanity toward man, but also to the hope that we can break free of it. After you've seen this part of the foundation, high above the city of Quito, you head for a house and for a tour - required for that place, not for the chapel.

The two are very different experiences, but taken together the visitor is given the art of the Guayasamin - overwhelming for me, as I had not known his work before this - and then gives you a fine look at the man himself.

The house, wonderfully designed, rooms seeming to flow into one another, not divided by walls and doors, also contains art, here more by friends of his than by him, and pre-Columbian figures that he loved and that inform much of his work. You are led through other rooms and the visit ends in his two studios. I was shown an illuminating video about the artist at the beginning, and in the studios toward the end another video, showing him painting a portrait of a famous musician - what a style!

The chapel is seen on two levels - you enter at the ground level and see a large mural in its dome, and below it a look down on a flame in a circle of red liquid, beckoning you down the staircase. On the ground level there are some large paintings on the walls around the dome, another form of invitation down to where much more of his art can be seen. His work is abstract, some cubistic; he owes a good bit to his friend Picasso, but something, perhaps his love of pre-Columbian work, shows that Guayasamin is his own man. Much of it is very dark (in theme, not in color). If I had to name a favorite I'd have to pick one of the darkest: The Condor and the Bull.

I saved this experience, made it the very last place I visited on my week-long visit to Quito. Glad I did, as it was the perfect way to cap a beautiful week.

Thank Jack H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

So sweet to get a peek into this family's life and to behold such incredible art! I love that they et us take as many pictures as we want!

Thank nbh
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had never known about the artist Guayasamin until coming to Quito. We took tours that taught us history of this area. Guayasamin’s art was in large part about war and the horrors of what we do to each other. He had a great heart.

Thank margots328
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We caught an unregistered taxi and were left about 2 miles away so make sure you get your hotel to organise a registered taxi to get you there
It was fascinating to learn about this artist and his amazing works. The chapel of man which he set up in tribute to Equador is architecturally beautiful and incredibly interesting
The artists house next door was a feast and with the help of a student who was visiting we understood the commentary in English. They have tours in English but we couldn’t wait as we were leaving that afternoon
This is a must see

Thank LibbbbC
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Reviewed October 3, 2018

It was just dh and I on the tour. Fascinating artist and stunning house, full of wonderful collections. Very worth while.

Thank Kay64
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

We learned alot about this artist who previously we hadn't heard of. Had a very interesting guided tour of his beautiful home (museum) and another guided tour of the art gallery of his work. A great off the beaten path place with stunning views over the city, well worth a visit. His work is well regarded and following this visit we saw it all over Ecuador in the form of fridge magnets and pictures!

Thank cherryblossom50
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Reviewed September 22, 2018

The Guayasamin Museum (which is actually his house) and the next door Capilla del Hombre are a little off the beaten path and well worth it. We opted for the house tour first, which featured an excellent English speaking guide ad a wonderful tour of both living and work spaces. There are many, many examples of Guayasamin's work and his collections of artifacts. The adjacent Capilla del Hombre has some beautiful pieces and jaw dropping architecture. The tour price is modest and a weekday visit (or at least Friday afternoon) was very quiet.

Thank wander1
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Reviewed September 18, 2018

This was the home and workshop of one of Ecuador's most famous modernist painters, who died in 1999. There is an eight dollar entrance fee per person, and this includes entrance to both the house/workshop, as well as the Capella de Hombre, Guayasamin's museum featuring the largest of his works. No photos are allowed inside, but you can take pictures outside. His house is filled with many treasures of pre-Columbian and Post Colombian art, as well as some notable European masters such as Picasso and Chagall. He really had a varied and interesting personal art collection. It is best to go on a tour and they were periodic English tours, as well as Spanish tours. It really helped our understanding of the works as they were not ones that Lynn themselves to easy understanding. All in all it was a good 2 1/2 hour visit for both this house and the Capella next door. It is advisable to take a taxi up to the museum as it’s up a very steep hill. We were able to find a taxi at the entrance when we decided to leave.

Thank Ono O
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Reviewed September 5, 2018 via mobile

An amazing experience overall! The museum complements the tour of Guayasamin’s incredible house. We thoroughly enjoyed it, well worth the walk from the centre even just for the view!

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