August 31, 2010 / 11:20 PM / 7 years ago

Slim's new Mexico museum to house Rodin collection

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Carlos Slim, the world’s richest man, will soon open a new museum in one of the poshest areas of his native Mexico to house his collection of artwork by French sculptor Auguste Rodin, considered the biggest outside France.

<p>Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim listens to journalists' questions during a news conference about his new project in Mexico City August 31, 2010. REUTERS/Henry Romero</p>

The new branch of Slim’s Soumaya museum, named for his late wife, is expected to open in November.

It will be the second museum opened by Slim, whose over $50-billion empire includes Latin America’s leading cell phone services provider, adding to an initial public collection in the Mexican capital featuring works by painters Salvador Dali, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and others.

The museum, designed by son-in-law Fernando Romero, is a six-story, chimney-shaped structure covered in shiny panels.

It will be the anchor of a new development, including offices, apartments and retail, that Slim is building in western Mexico City with an initial investment of $750 million.

Leading a tour of the new museum on Tuesday for reporters, Slim said the museum’s lobby would feature a piece by Rufino Tamayo, one of Mexico’s best known painters.

Entry into the museum will be free.

Reporting by Cyntia Barrera Diaz; editing Missy Ryan and Sandra Maler

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