Cabañas Cultural Institute (Instituto Cultural Cabañas) is at the e. end of Plaza Tapatía at Cabañas #8; take a taxi, as this is a congested area. It was built in the early 19th century and financed by Bishop Juan Cruz Ruíz de Cabañas. Originally offering shelter for crippled, destitute and orphaned men, women and children, Hospicio Cabañas provided education and medical care for children through the 1970s before being renovated for use as a cultural center.
This architecturally fascinating complex encompasses 23 patios linked by pink-tiled corridors. It is the showplace for some of José Clemente Orozco's most powerful murals, particularly “El Hombre de Fuego” (“Man of Fire”), which graces the lofty ceiling. The art is memorable, although it depicts scenes of horrific violence from Mexico's history.
In addition to contemporary art and changing exhibitions, the institute has a movie theater, performing arts theater and an outdoor patio where ballet, music and dance performances take place.