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The Death Is Made for Playing

By Jesús Aguado

Day of the Dead is just around the corner, and the time is perfect for the Playing with Death exhibit, a collection of Mexican artisanal toys based on the feared entity (Death) that La Esquina, the Museum of the Popular Toy, presents.

La Esquina, an initiative of Angélica Tijerin, is the only museum in its kind in Mexico. Situated at the corner of San Francisco and Núñez, this museum exhibits more than 30,000 toys. The material varies, going from brass to fabric, papier mâché, cardboard, and wood, among others.

Besides celebrating its seventh anniversary, the museum is currently presenting the collection Calaveras en movimiento (Skulls in Motion), a collection from Oaxacan Luis Acuña.

According to the creator of the exhibit, the pieces are based on signs and the codex from one of the most ancient books of the New World; the Fejérváry-Mayer codex. The skulls are decorated with “its secrets, calendars, rituals, statues of gods, faith, and art.”

Museo La Esquina
Tue-St, 10am-6pm
Sun, 11am-4pm
General entrance: 50 pesos
Núñez 40, centro

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