The crafts and textiles of indigenous Indian groups from the collection of Ruth Lechuga are on show from 29 September
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Mexican art in Finland
Posted 28 September 2006
"The Thousand Faces of Mexico" on view at the Helsinki Design Museum (until 14 January 2007) is a massive survey of Mexican art drawn from two private collections. The first group comes from the holdings of the Austrian doctor Ruth Lechuga, who fled to Mexico during World War II, where she began to collect the crafts and textiles of indigenous Indian groups. Ms Lechuga travelled the country over the next 50 years, amassing a large collection of objects, including the largest collection of Mexican ceremonial masks in the world. The Design Museum is showing 500 masks, as well as examples of hand-woven cloths, embroidered textiles, lacquerwork and ceramics, on loan outside Mexico for the first time. Also on view are photographs documenting Indian rituals, taken by Ms Lechuga during her travels. The other group is gathered from the collection of Franz Mayer, a German stockbroker who moved to Mexico in 1905, which includes art from the 16th to the 19th centuries, when Mexico was under Spanish rule. The objects on view combine rich local resources with the artistic traditions of Europe, such as coconut-shell goblets inlaid with silver and mother-of-pearl.