Monday, August 23, 2010

play is timeless

These are some of the pre-Columbian artefacts which once belonged to Diego Rivera, and are now housed in the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City – one of the most amazing places I've ever visited.

Among exhibits which span the Central and South Americas, and thousands of years, there were some huge, impressive pieces of stone art there, such as ancient Aztec sacrificial altars and parts of Mayan temples. But awesome as they were, I just couldn't get over these small ceramic vessels and figures! They are so playful and so streamlined. It's as if time disappears, and the artist is right there, talking and joking with the viewer, with gestures that we still share.

Next to the collection there was also a picture of Diego himself – somehow, not too different from the spirit of some of his statues … ; )

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