The Franz Mayer Museum houses a permanent collection of art integrated by objects that span six centuries of creation and innovation in the areas of art and design, starting from the Fifteenth-Century.
The collection took shape in different stages during the life of Franz Mayer, which were defined by the market situation, his trips and the historical context of the time. His first acquisition was a large group of tiles that belonged to multiple buildings, among them Casa de los Azulejos. These works marked the beginning of a multi-faceted collection of great value, where, in addition to ceramics, the collection of furniture, photography, silver and painting stand out, as well as the wide collection of watches, household goods, textiles and cartography.
The last period of his collector’s stage focused in the acquisition of colonial art, be it paintings, furniture, textiles, silver and objects belonging to the material culture of that period. At this moment, Franz Mayer announces to his art brokers that he is in search of monumental pieces, of large scale and related to the history of Mexico.
With the passing of time, the collection went through a process of refinement with the help of experts in each field, and with the specialization that Franz Mayer himself acquired through the study of different topics related to his collection, it became known for the unsurpassed quality of many of the artworks in it. The acculturation, the diversity of techniques and materials, alongside the different contexts to which they belong, make this collection an invaluable source for knowledge and study.
The importance of the Franz Mayer Collection is evident as works of remarkable value form part of singular temporary exhibitions within Mexico, as well as abroad.