Toy Museum expands its facilities
By Jade Arroyo
On October 4 the new facilities at the Toy Museum “La Esquina” were inaugurated. The extension was created by connecting the museum with the adjoining building on calle Núñez.
One of the main reasons to expand the museum was its growing collection, a result of incorporating new pieces submitted to the National Contest of Popular Mexican Toys (Concurso Nacional del Juguete Popular Mexicano) organized by the museum three years in a row.
Now the museum also features the permanent exhibit “Geography of Toys,” which includes pieces from all over the country and is divided into categories by materials used (according to categories set forth by FONART): Ceramic and pottery, dolls and textiles, vegetal fibers, metalwork, enamel and lacquer, wood carving, musical instruments, cardboard, and paper and mixed media.
Another area was transformed into a playful space focused on lucha libre (wrestling), created by the renowned artisan Guillermo Trejo. This toy installation is a lifesize wrestling ring that visitors can enter, featuring masked wrestlers made of wood with ceramic heads.
Now, there is also an area for workshops called “Playing to be an Artisan,” where both children and grownups can learn how to make handcrafted toys. Workshops will be taught by several artisans from all over Mexico.
Also, currently on exhibit are 47 selected pieces from the third National Contest of Popular Mexican Toys, which will be up through January 31, 2014.
For further information about the Toy Museum “La Esquina” visit www.museolaesquina.org.mx.