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teacupSay “I hear you” with this unique tea set by ceramist Oscar Vazquez Alanis, part of the 6th Biennial of Utilitarian Ceramics at Mexico City’s Franz Mayer Museum. There’s lots more on show and it’s just as amusing, including candlesticks with a plumbing theme and a lamp that lights up a forest. In all, 89 pieces by 70 artists from 12 Mexican states.

The museum is also hosting the 1st Biennial of Silver Design, featuring 80 creations, some award winners.

Ceramics exhibit on through Jan. 12, silver biennial, until Jan. 19.


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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

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