New exhibition at the toy museum
By Jade Arroyo
The Mexican folk-art toy museum, “La Esquina” (The Corner), in conjunction with FONART (National Fund to Promote Handicrafts), organized a contest last year to seek out the best Mexican folk-art toy makers: The National Contest of Popular Toys.
This event is a way to support and showcase these folk artists. This third edition of the competition showcased artisans from all regions of the country who produce toys made of pottery, textiles, fiber, wood, lacquer, paper, cardboard or metal and also musical instruments. The exhibition of winning pieces was held at Parque Bicentenario in Guanajuato for several months (beginning September 26), and now it has come to the museum, like coming home.
La Esquina has the mission of preserving and promoting traditional toys in Mexico and also generating initiatives that benefit the artisans who are keeping the tradition alive. Also, it seeks to show the younger generation these beautiful, traditional toys and to rescue this tradition that has contributed to the identity of the Mexican by people. In a world driven by technological and digital advances and mass production, popular toys cannot be replaced: they are one of a kind.
To see the exhibition, visit the museum at Nuñez 40. Further information is available on the museum’s website at www.museolaesquina.org.mx.