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The discovery of the New World implied the discovery of a new world of no-no’s, a recently inaugurated exhibit of religious art shows. Transgression and Temptation in New Spain, now showing at Tepotzotlan’s National Viceregal Museum near Mexico City, illustrates the array of sins, peccadilloes and offenses that preoccupied the clergy and ruling classes in colonial-era Mexico, including some that were never an issue before, such as indulging in too much chocolate or pulque, two staples of the pre-Hispanic diet that were unknown in Europe. Both were believed to boost your energy levels, but also your libido if taken in excess, so prohibitions soon followed. This novel exhibit brings together artwork from major collections, including Mexico City’s Franz Mayer Museum and the Guadalupe Museum of Zacatecas, as well as major artists from the 17th to the 19th centuries. The 74 pieces on show, ranging from oil paintings to banned books, are grouped into four themes, including the struggle between good and evil and the road to salvation.

  • El pecado y las tentaciones en la Nueva España
  • Museo Nacional del Virreinato
  • Plaza Hidalgo 99, Tepotzotlan, Estado de Mexico
  • Until April 29, 2012
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More than 550 silver artifacts, from centuries-old statues of saints to contemporary artwork, are on show as part of a newly opened exhibit called “Silver, The Making of Mexico” (“Plata. Forjando Mexico”).

Organizers expect to break attendance records, attracting upwards of 250,000 people to the show, which opened Sunday, June 6th, at the National Museum of Viceregal Art (Museo Nacional del Virreinato) in Tepotzotlan, a colonial town about 45 minutes north of Mexico City.

Depicting everything from the dismal conditions inside mines to the dazzling creations made of the precious metal, “Plata” highlights the history of colonial-era Mexico. Most of the silver on display comes from museum and private collections in Mexico, according to the curators, with the exception of some 30 pieces on loan from Spain’s Canary Islands, where an abundance of religious art made in the Americas and brought back by Spanish explorers has been preserved in churches and temples.

“Mexico is silver,” says Hector Rivero, director of Mexico City’s Franz Mayer Museum, which lent part of its collection of silver art for the new exhibit. “Mexico expresses itself through silver.”

A series of seminars and workshops will complement the exhibit, including the intriguingly titled “Coconut, Chocolate and Silver, A Baroque Combination.”

If you can’t make it to Tepotzotlan between now and October, the exhibit (minus the works on loan from Spain) will then travel to the Guanajuato Museum of Art and History (Museo de Arte e Historia de Guanajuato) in Leon, Guanajuato; the Museum of Mexican History (Museo de Historia Mexicana) in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon; and the Palacio Clavijero in Morelia, Michoacan.

“Plata. Forjando Mexico”

Museo Nacional del Virreinato

Plaza Hidalgo No. 99, Tepotzotlan, Estado de Mexico

T: (55) 5876 0245; www.virreinato.inah.gob.mx

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