Thursday, January 10, 2019

National Museum of Anthropology

John and I would put the National Museum of Anthropology right at the top of our list of things to do in Mexico City. The collection is huge and of the highest quality.
At the entrance this monumental, almost-comic, sculpture of a short, stout god gives only a hint of the wonders inside.
The collection is housed on three sides of a huge courtyard featuring an enormous fountain
under a floating roof.
Inside we encountered this splendid Mayan facade from the Temple of the Feathered Serpent.
It had once adorned a major temple in the nearby Mayan city of ‎Teotihuacán.
The Aztecs liked to collect "antiques". It is they who preserved this colossal Olmec head.
John was captivated by this Jaguar sculpture and its fire extinguisher.
These fellows look ready for a fight
while this group of MesoAmerican figures seem to be mediating.
Fall in love!
Monumental. Funerary mask from Teoihuacan, circa 150-650 AD.
Large windows tempt the visitor into the museum's lush gardens.
The gardens preserve ancient structures of great delicacy.
Say hello to the God of Death on your way along the path.
Back inside we loved this Aztec painted dish
and the compelling embroidery of this textile.
John and I are interested in making accordion-fold art books
so you can imagine our delight in these original Aztec codexes.
I was drawn to the tender chemistry between this couple.
We noticed them several times. They were always deep in conversation.
No, I'm not bowing down to this idol -- I'm just taking a picture of the information tag.
He is a God of Water. Wearing goggles, perhaps?
John noticed this cleaning person getting into the spirit of the museum, while taking a rare break -- sitting in quiet majesty, while surveying his immaculate floors.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Figurines of Mexico's National Museum of Anthropology

After editing of our photographs from Mexico City's National Museum of Anthropology, John and I still found ourselves with over 300 good pictures. Many of them documented small totally fabulous figurative sculptures.
This glass case shows only a few dozen of the thousands of astonishing figures in the museum.
We had trouble following the Spanish language labels so we've arranged the following artworks for maximum fun rather than by period. They range from Pre-Columbian MesoAmerica to Mayan and Aztec times. 
A Dignified Personage
An ancestor of the Creature from the Black Lagoon?
Star Wars?
Cuteness personified.
Don't look behind you!
Tennis anyone?
Hanging out
Mother Goddess
Ancient Cool
Animal container
Mayan dancer
Pre-Colombian Venus
Guardian or Clown?
File under facial tattoo concepts
Silly to joke about these amazing, memorable portraits.
Great otter
We loved the 'cartoon quality' of this dazzling dangerous duck.
We'll end with this wonderful little flying Dragon.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Museum of Popular Art, CDMX

The Museo de Arte Popular is Mexico City's folk art museum.
It is situated in a fabulous white Deco ex-fire-station in the historic centre of the city.
The courtyard of the museum displays parade floats on the ground floor
and paper-mache piñatas encircling the floors above.
The parade floats get street exposure in a parade on the Day of the Dead. We'd love to see it happen!
"Don't touch the monsters!"
Here are a few close-ups of the piñatas. A grandmother
and a crowned skull.
The museum is extensive with glass cases displaying 
gorgeous ceramics
and other folk art pieces.
We loved this spirited wooden coyote
and these "trees of life" -- another popular folk creation.
John inspects a big, ornate tree of life with two attendants on the ground floor.
Here is his detail of the tree.
There is so much to enjoy on the various floors. How about a row of mariachi musicians
or all the past presidents of Mexico?
We loved these skeletons at a banquet table
and this painting of a carnival scene.
Of course the mass of intricate creations need a regular dusting!
A feather-covered skull.
This group of skeletons over hell fire is entitled "Spell".
Let's end with these bizarre creatures called Nahuals which are apparently humans with the power to transform into animal forms.
A creature to avoid, we'd say. But a visit to the Museo de Arte Popular is a must during any visit to the city!