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Mayan Museum of Cancun opens temporary mask exhibit

Cancun, Q.R. — The Mayan Museum of Cancun is currently displaying more than 100 masks. The current museum display is made up of more than 100 works by 42 national and foreign artists, including 16 from Quintana Roo.

Through this exhibition, the venue is consolidated as a space linked to its cosmopolitan environment.

The federal Ministry of Culture, through the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) and the Mayan Museum of Cancun opened the temporary exhibition Masks in recent days with more than 100 pieces.

The Mayan Museum of Cancun, located on Kukulcán Avenue in the hotel district of this city, forms a complex with the San Miguelito Archaeological Zone. With exhibitions like this, it consolidates itself as a space linked to its environment, offering tourists, students, families and local population cultural and artistic expressions with diverse styles and visions, which reflect the cosmopolitan social composition of Quintana Roo, the youngest state and tourist power in Mexico, the INAH explained.

Mayan Museum of Cancun opens temporary mask exhibition
Photos: INAH

In this second version of the mask exhibition – after the first held in 2022 – the 42 artists show a contemporary vision with great creativity and ingenuity. The diversity of the selected works transmits to the viewer a message based on ancestral cultures, magical rituals, mystery and satire, which lead to festive dances to this day.

The curator and coordinator of the exhibition, Hortensia Sanz Polo, highlights the richness, diversity of disciplines and applied techniques that revolve around the common concept of the mask, its symbolism and varied use by different cultures and contexts, throughout history.

Masks have been developed in ingenious ways around the world, they have been transformed into uses and customs that are transmitted from generation to generation, awakening fascination, expectation, mystery and playful expressions, as is the case with carnivals.

The project is promoted by the civil association Polvo de Hadas in alliance with Promart Vive el Arte, as part of a joint effort involving plastic artists from various disciplines and techniques.

The exhibition is an experience that moves emotions and historical and cultural references to those who visit. It will remain open to the public until June 26, 2024.