¡VIVA MÉXICO! — Heroes and Artisans, opening Sunday, February 28 at Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park, celebrates the 200th anniversary of Mexican independence (1810), the 100th of the Mexican revolution (1910) and the folk art that colorfully and vitally expresses the nation’s spirit. Just as the heroes of independence and the revolution were great artisans in crafting the nation’s constitution, laws and institutions, so are its many artisans also cultural heroes, vibrantly perpetuating Mexico’s historical memory and its distinctive, exuberant and vital artistic tradition.

Presented in collaboration with Centro Cultural Tijuana and the Mexican Consulate in San Diego, the exhibition continues through January 2, 2011.

Featuring works drawn from Mexico’s federal patrimony and from Mingei International Museum’s collection, ¡VIVA MÉXICO! — Heroes and Artisans reveals the vibrant creativity, imagination and artistic sensibility of Mexico through its folk art and introduces us to key events and people that shaped Mexico’s history and culture. Included in the 105 objects on loan from Mexico is a set of glazed and painted plates created in 1985 for the 175th anniversary of independence and the 75th anniversary of the revolution that commemorate the national heroes of these historic events. Among other exceptional objects in the exhibition is a monumental (more than six feet tall) abundantly ornamented, painted clay tree of life.

Organized around the three themes of SEARCH FOR IDENTITY, DAILY LIFE and RELIGION AND FESTIVITY, works in the exhibition express Mexico’s cultural diversity and are grouped as Independence, Revolution, The National Shield, The Sacred and Profane, Trees of Life, Pottery Vessels, Skeletons and Masks.

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Collection Source: Mingei International Museum

¡VIVA MÉXICO! — Héroes y Artesanos se inaugura el 28 de febrero en el Museo Internacional Mingei en el Parque Balboa para celebrar el 200 Aniversario de la Independencia de México (1810), el 100 Aniversario de la Revolución Mexicana (1910) y el arte popular que, de manera colorida y vital, expresa el espíritu de la nación. Así como los héroes de la independencia y de la revolución fueron grandes artesanos que crearon la constitución, las leyes y las instituciones, también los miles de artesanos son héroes culturales que perpetúan vibrantemente la memoria histórica de Mexico y su distintiva, exuberante y vital tradición artística.

Presentada en colaboración con el Centro Cultural Tijuana y el Consulado de México en San Diego, la exhibición permanecerá abierta al público hasta el 2 de enero, 2011.

Con obra tomada del patrimonio federal y de la colección del Museo Internacional Mingei, ¡VIVA MÉXICO! — Héroes y Artesanos revela la vibrante creatividad, imaginación y sensibilidad artística de Mexico a través de su arte popular y nos presenta eventos y personas clave que dieron forma a la historia y a la cultura de Mexico. Incluido entre los 105 objetos prestados por Mexico para la exhibición, se encuentra un juego de platos vidriados y pintados creados en 1985 para conmemorar el 175 Aniversario de la Independencia de México y el 75 Aniversario de la Revolución Mexicana y recordar a los héroes nacionales de estos acontecimientos históricos. Entre otros excepcionales objetos de la exhibición se encuentra un monumental árbol de la vida (de más de seis pies de altura), hecho de barro, abundantemente ornamentado y pintado.

Organizada alrededor de tres temas: BÚSQUEDA DE LA IDENTIDAD, VIDA DIARIA y RELIGION Y FESTIVIDAD, las piezas de esta exhibición expresan la diversidad cultural de México y se agrupan en Independencia, Revolución, El Escudo Mexicano, Lo Sagrado y Lo Profano, Árboles de la Vida, Alfarería, Vasijas, Calaveras y Máscaras.

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On View: Feb 28, 2010 - Jan 02, 2011

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