|The Gabriel Garcia Marquez Cultural Center, on the right on 11th St, was built by the Mexican government.|
|The center was designed by |
Colombian architect Rogelio Salmona.
|The center has a great bookstore, |
including books in English.
But I've always wondered why they don't have anything about the center's namesake, Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, author of One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, among many other works. In the past, the center has been decorated with portraits of Mexican writers, including Carlos Fuentes, a good friend of Garcia Marquez. Occasionally, I've seen Garcia Marquez's portrait there as well. And, naturally, the center has Garcia Marquez's novels - as well as novels by many other authors.
I once asked some of the center's employees whether it wouldn't make sense to have an exhibition there about Garcia Marquez's life and work.
Well, they explained, but this center was built by Mexico. Sure, I agreed, but it is named the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Cultural Center.
They seemed to grudgingly agree that it'd be nice to have something about the Colombian novelist. I haven't seen anything, tho.
But if they prefer not to include any exhibitions about him, then why not just change the name? Then, at least, Gabo-worshipping tourists wouldn't come there looking for information about their literary idol.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours