The exhibition Calligraphies of the Earth arrives at the Regional Museum of Tlaxcala. Popular art of Tlaxcala

The exhibition Calligraphies of the Earth arrives at the Regional Museum of Tlaxcala. Popular art of Tlaxcala.

*** From October 7 to December 17, it will show more than 260 ethnographic works of the entity made by hand with wood, ceramics and textiles

*** Seeks that the public revalue the work of Tlaxcala and Mexican artisans in general, whose work struggles to persist under current mercantilist models

Through the centuries, Mexican artisans have created elaborate works that have gained national and even international recognition, which are the result of knowledge and methods transmitted from generation to generation, hence it is not wrong to point to the same land that sees them. born as the main author of her works.

With this idea the temporary exhibition was born Calligraphies of the earth. Popular art of Tlaxcala, which the Ministry of Culture of the Government of Mexico, through the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), inaugurates this October 7 at the Regional Museum of Tlaxcala.

Made up of pieces of art from Tlaxcala communities such as San Pablo del Monte, San Esteban Tizatlán, Santiago Altzayanca, Contla de Juan Cuamatzi or San Juan Ixtenco, it is also a biographical exhibition to the extent that it is the product of the efforts that its curator, the anthropologist and museologist Yolanda Ramos Galicia, who for decades has assembled an extensive collection of popular art, which includes the more than 260 pieces selected for this exhibition.

The particularity of each of the elements to be presented, comments the director of the Regional Museum of Tlaxcala, Diego Martín Medrano, is that they are works of an ethnographic nature and have a specialized invoice that is rare today.

The foregoing, he adds, is due to the fact that many artisans have put aside, or synthesized their ancestral elaboration procedures in order to make their creations more accessible to the market, as well as due to the erroneous conception of ‘minor art’ that many people they often overlap from concepts such as ‘crafts’.

“Artisan work leaves all commercial logic, due to its manufacturing techniques and its materials, many of which have delicate and prolonged production processes; as well as the times that its creators have to carry it out, since they often combine their work with other daily and family activities. For all this, we seek to sensitize the population about the importance of valuing this art, which is increasingly scarce in our current economic model ”.

Divided into three thematic axes, each one corresponding to a different material of creation, the temporary exhibition begins with the section dedicated to art in wood, and highlights the furniture of artisan objects from communities such as Tlaxco, Huamantla, Altzayanca and Tizatlán, among others, in dialogue with elements of daily use of the same material for activities such as the extraction of mead and the transport of pulque.

The tour continues with a section dedicated to textiles, which summarizes how this art added the values ​​of both pre-Hispanic Tlaxcallan and the knowledge that reached the Tlaxcalteca territory from 1519; both worlds visible in the huipiles, rebozos, sarapes and other creations that women and men of the entity continue to create.

The last nucleus deals with ceramics and is divided into two modules: one dedicated to glazed ceramics, and the other to the Tlaxcala talavera; This last manifestation, whose traditional elaboration technique in Tlaxcala and Puebla, as well as in the Spanish towns of Talavera de la Reina and Puente del Arzobispo, was recognized in 2019 as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, by the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO).

Calligraphies of the earth. Popular art of Tlaxcala Stay until December 17 in the Temporary Exhibition Hall of the Regional Museum of Tlaxcala (Calzada de San Francisco s / n, Historic Center of Tlaxcala), from Tuesday to Friday, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and can be visited with the same entrance ticket to the venue. Capacity is limited to 40 people per route, following all health measures to prevent COVID-19 infections.

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