The first structure of the Museum was built by Japanese immigrants in 1925, designed specifically to house a Buddhist place of worship, the Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, which incorporates elements of a temple in Kyoto, combining Japanese and Middle Eastern influences.
Later, after the Nishi Hongwanji moved to a new facility in 1969, the building was sold to the City of Los Angeles in 1973, and when it was declared a landmark by the City, it became a space for the Japanese American National Museum. It opened in 1999 with a 85,000 square-foot Pavilion. The contemporary stone, steel and glass Pavilion (in the photo) bridges East-West aesthetic traditions by adjoining with the Museum’s original building.
Before visiting this museum, I have never heard about the sad situation that took place in the USA, which is described through the museum.
It shows the Japanese American experience about the incarceration in concentration camps of 120,000 individuals of Japanese ancestry during World War II.
The purpose of the museum is “to promote the understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience”.*
If you want to know more, here’s a link to the JANM web page.
*’About JANM’ at the web page.
The Museum is installed in what was the building of the Hacienda La Noria, whose origins date back to the sixteenth century, although important parts were added to the assembly during the seventeenth, eighteenth and twentieth centuries. The original use of the Hacienda was agricultural and was known by the name of San Juan La Noria Ranch.
The building houses collections of painters Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, as well as prints from the artist Angelina Beloff and American artist Pablo O’Higgins.
Also, more than 900 archaeological pieces, wood carvings of saints and a collection of folk art from various Mexican states are exposed, as well as objects that formed part of the decoration of the house when Mrs. Olmedo inhabited it, like ivory carvings, porcelain and paintings.
The museum also presents changing exhibitions of important national and international contemporary artists.
Museo Dolores Olmedo is located in:
Av. México 5843
Colonia La Noria, Xochimilco.
C. P. 16030 México, D.F.
Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 18:00 hrs.
Mexican citizens $20.00 pesos
Foreign visitors $75.00 pesos
Teachers and students $10.00 pesos
Seniors and children under 6 years: $1 peso
Every year, the Dolores Olmedo Museum, in Mexico City, prepares an “Ofrenda de Muertos” (Offering to the dead), which is always been considered artistic, because it rescues the tradition of the altars of the dead, as well as it provides a tribute to craftsmanship of Mexico, due to the great job of the artisans who make the altar. This is a photo of some candles at the Ofrenda de Muertos. It’s just a small detail because the Offering occupies more than one room.
The Offering to the dead remains at the Museum from October 28 to January 4, and every year is different.
It is also organize a Costume contest of the Calavera Catrina, a female skull figure created by Jose Guadalupe Posada, a Mexican engraver, illustrator and cartoonist. There’s a money prize for the best costume.
These activities at the Museum connect different people who enjoy participating in the costume contest and other activities made for the occasion, as well as admiring the Ofrenda de Muertos.
To view some costumes of the previous years, I linked this flickr site of the Museum about the 2012 contest.
The link of the Museum is http://www.museodoloresolmedo.org.mx/
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