Lorena Lazard and Ramón Puig Cùyas have curated an international exhibition, “El Pasado que Sostiene el Presente: Encuentros entre Joyería Contemporánea y las Colecciones del Museo “
(The Past that Supports the Present: Encounters between Contemporary Jewelry and the Museum’s Collections) to be held in the Museo Franz Mayer, Mexico City in early 2019. (exact exhibition and symposium dates to follow)
The exhibition, will consist of approximately 50 objects or series of works selected from the Museo Franz Mayer’s collections, many by unknown artists, and just over 100 works by artists working in the field of contemporary jewelry. Several of these items held by the museum formed part of the material and symbolic culture of a society that evolved through a syncretic relationship between at least two different cultures and religions – a result of a blending between pre-Hispanic populations and new arrivals from Europe, combined with other outside influences from distant China. The exhibition will offer an interesting opportunity to observe the confluences and clashes between this past and contemporary jewelry.
The Museo Franz Mayer – one of Mexico’s leading museums and holder of Latin America’s largest collection of Decorative Arts – will be responsible for organizing the show, inviting artists to participate, publicizing the event, and where possible, arranging for the exhibition to be taken to other museums.