Bank bailout brings bidders
When Carlos Salinas set sail for Ireland at the end of his presidential term in 1994 the Mexican economy went for a tailspin that left banking institutions and investors without their shirts. The federal goverment stepped in, appropriated every asset the banks had nd sent the loot to auctioning block-including some 2,000 pieces of art, furniture and accessories.
More than 300 of those pieces were up for grabs August 10 at the Galerias Louis C. Morton auction house. Works by Jose Maria Velasco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Rufino Tamayo, Roberto Matta, Juan Soriano and Vicente Rojo were all part of the event, expected to be the first in a series.
The auction was held under authorithy of IPAB, the federal agency with the 74 billion dollar bailout task on its hands.For details in English or Spanish on the next IPAB auction visit http://www.ipab.org.mx
Jalisco popular arts museum opens in Guadalajara
Almost eigthy years after Mexico's independence day celebrations of 1921 gave popular ast its deserved spot under the sun, the state of Jalisco finally got its long-awaited Museo de artes Populares this June.
The museum contains the labours of 124 jalisciense municipalities, from the renowned ceramics of Tonala and Tlaquepaque, hand-crafted saddles, mariachi instruments and clothing to the peyote-based artesanias of the state's indigenous cultures. Jose Bernabe, Angel Santos Juarez, Jose Ojeda, Tomas Esparza and Martin Ibarra are just a few of the recognizable artists whose work makes the museum a must-see for any collector or lover popular art.
Barro Majic, Barro Vetus (magic clay, ancient clay) is the museum's current temporary exposition, a collection of surreal and fantastic ceramics based on Nahuatl legend form Santa Cruz de las Huertas.
The Museum is located in the Yellow 18th century mansion on th corr Pino Suarez and San Felipe in Guadalajara's historic downtown. It is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday trough Sunday and admission, for the time begin, is free.
Cook real Mexican food with the new recipe books
Ever wonder what indigenous Mexican People realy eat? Now, thanks to a new series of recipe books you can cook authentic traditional meals in the comfort of your own kitchen and learn the folklore surronding the dishes as well.
The 50-volume "Recetarios Indigenasy Populares de Mexico" is the fruitof the three years of research in native communities througth the nation. The series includes some 6,000 recipes, many of which the recipes belong to-and includeexlanations of each recipe's history medical, religious or traditional significate. volume is the collection include recies of outhern Veacruz, the Maya of Quintana Roo, the Mixteco of Puebla and the Tarahumare, t name just a few.
The first 32 volumes were released late July and are avaible at Educal book throughout Mexico. Priced between 10 and 45 pesos, the remaining 18 volume wil be in stores this September.
More than 100 works by Mexican artists found in Russia
In the country that Blanca Garduño calls "the antiquarian's paradise," the dedicated treasurehunter recently made the find of a lifetime.
After 13 years of unraveling the red tape that still separates Russia from nosy Westerns, Grduño opened the doors to two Sovietera museum storerooms this May and uncovered 130 works by Mexican artists.
All the works acquired legally. says Garduño, and many she was expecting to find, thanks to a 735-page registry published in 195 by the Puskin Museum, ine of the two museums Garduño accesed. What she was nos expecting to find, however, was an unregistered and incomplete painting by DiegoRivera on the back of a 2.6 by 3.9m mral called Gloriosa Victoria.
The mural and the unfinished work date 1954 and commemorate te conflict between the United States and Guatemala. Garduño says the work cannotbe repatriated as Rivera gave it to an association of Russian artists who in turn donated it to Pushkin Museum in 1958. She hpes the work will soon be exhibited in Mexico.
Garduño's invetigation began in 1987 and is owed to the disapearamce of works by Mexican artists between the years of 195 and 1957 during collective exhibitionthat toured the Soviet Union.
One hundred years of Mexican print-making on CD Rom
Are you the proud owner of a Mexican grabado and have no idea who mad it or when? Thanks to two decades of investidatiion by art historian