Wixárikas exhibition in the Cabañas Museum in Guadalajara

The exhibition, which opened on June 20, is composed of 84 works, mostly stamen boards, but also textiles and sculptures by wirraritaari artists José Benítez Sánchez, Jamaima Carrillo, Tiburcio Carrillo Sandoval, Dionisio de la Rosa Cosío, Guadalupe González Ríos, Lucía Lemus de la Cruz, Juan Ríos Martínez, María Sandoval and Pablo Taizán de la Cruz.

Great Masters of Wixárika Art
Great Masters of Wixárika Art

"Great masters of wixárika art. Acervo Juan Negrín "is an exhibition that will be at the Cabañas Museum. "The beauty of the collection is great, but we can share it, understanding that not only is it a living culture, but it is a heritage that does not belong only to those who produce it, but it is the heritage of Mexico, we will move forward to have more elements for its understanding "said at a press conference Giovana Jaspersen García, Secretary of Culture of Jalisco.

"Great Masters of Wixárica Art" has its origin in the 70s when Juan Negrín, a young philosopher and artist, visited an exhibition of paintings by wixaritaari artists. In a few years, Negrin, accompanied by his wife Yvonne, now director of Wixárika Research Center, weaved strong bonds of friendship and collaboration with five artists traveling with them throughout the wixárika territory. In addition, during the 1970s and 1980s, Negrín sponsored the creation of wool yarn paintings of various dimensions that now form an invaluable heritage that allows recognizing these artists as the masters of modern Wixárika art.

The presentation will be made in wixárika with the intention of opening the space to the various urban wixaritaari communities, and will also be in Spanish and English.

Parallel activities

The Cabañas Museum worked hand in hand with Lisbeth Bonilla, originally from the community of San Andrés Cohamiata and coordinator of Community Projects of the SC, to design a series of workshops to be held in parallel with the exhibition. Elaboration of Eye of God, the table of yarn, of embroidery and of the loom of the waist, are some of the workshops that will be given in the Museum Cabins, which Bonilla emphasizes, are not crafts, but offerings with deep meaning for the culture wixárika.

There will be talks, lectures, film series and documentaries. The dates and times of these activities that will be carried out from June and will extend until the month of October can be consulted in the social networks of the Cabañas Museum.

Cabañas Museum

Like all public buildings, Cabañas suffered the vagaries of history (it was barracks for the troops, jail), always returning to its original vocation. In 1980, the children who were taken into the premises were moved to new facilities, and three years later, the Cabañas Cultural Institute became a center for the dissemination of art and culture.

The fundamental vocation of Cabañas is the research, conservation, and dissemination of its three collections, of which two are among the most important in the country: that of José Clemente Orozco and that of the German artist Mathias Goeritz. The third collection is that of Roberto Montenegro (Popular Arts).

The Orozco collection considered the largest public collection of the artist is made up of more than 300 works on paper and 10 pyroxilins.

Inside, the building has 23 courtyards, its main chapel and at the back of the building stands a second chapel, soberer than the first, and was used as a refinery of the Hospice, named Tolsá in honor of the Spanish architect. All this was decisive so that in December of 1997 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Since March 2003, the museum has been registered with the International Council of Museums (ICOM).


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