Ever since ancient times, when the splendor of the cities of Mitla and Monte AlbÃ¡n illuminated the southeast of Mexico, our capital has been the meeting point of countless cultures, still existent. It is a city of noble and friendly people, with great talents and who invite all visitors, Mexican and foreign, to come and live an experience rich in culture and tradition and that, above all, will make them feel perfectly at home.
The Institute of Graphic Arts of Oaxaca (IAGO) is a museum-library, created by the painter Francisco Toledo, jointly with the INBA (National Institute of Fine Arts), the Government of the State of Oaxaca and the Civil Association "JosÃ© F. Gomez" It is situated in a beautiful eighteenth century house in front of the Ex-Convent of Santo Domingo and at one side of the Plazuela del Carmen, on Macedonio AlcalÃ¡ St. It has five exhibition rooms, three library rooms, a central patio decorated with beautiful plants and the cafÃ© of the IAGO, with cafeteria service and restaurant specializing in typical dishes of the Oaxacan gastronomy, in a comfortable and natural environment. The house was donated to the INBA by the Toledo family, for the purpose of creating a perfect setting for disseminating art and exhibiting the graphic collection that the Master Francisco Toledo was beginning to form.
The house that belonged to Sr. Antonio Salanueva is that which at present bears the number 609 of the 6th street of GarcÃa Vigil. It is also known as the name of "House of JuÃ¡rez" because it once housed the "Meritorious person of the Americas", Don Benito JuÃ¡rez GarcÃa, when he arrived from Guelatao in 1818.
The painter Rufino Tamayo obtained the collection during a period of 20 years. With the objective of conserving it and diffusing knowledge and appreciation of its contents, he established this important museum. The colors employed in the five exposition halls are tones chosen by the Master Rufino Tamayo, who utilized them frequently in this pictorial works. Fernando Gamboa was in charge of the design of the museography. The museum was inaugurated the 29th of January of 1974, and contains close to a thousand pieces, which are part of the countless vestiges of pre-Hispanic art in Mexico.