In this context, ‘popular’ refers to folk art – art and creative activities that are traditional to the people of Mexico. The museum opened in 2006 and it’s located in an old firehouse that was designed in the 1920s by architect Vicente Mendiola.
The museum is a great place to visit, even children love it (not so with all museums) but one of the great features you’ll see here is the fantastic (literally) collection of alebrijes.
WHAT ARE ALEBRIJES?
Mostly created using papier maché, alebrijes are brightly coloured folk art sculptures that represent mythical creatures. The museum has a splendid collection and every year, in October, they organise a parade of these fantasy creatures.
It’s said that they were developed originally by artisan Pedro Linares López in the nineteen-thirties and they are now considered to be truly Mexican artifacts.
WHERE IS THE MUSEO DE ARTE POPULAR?
MUSEO DE ARTE POPULAR
Colonia Centro, Centro,
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