As a World Heritage Site, Oaxaca is a superb tourist destination with history, culture, food, art, and crafts. For ancient ruins Oaxaca has pre-Columbian sites. Oaxaca is rich in colonial era architecture. The unique cuisine is home to mole, chocolate, and mescal. Oaxacan art boasts 3 great Mexican painters, Tamayo, Morales, and Toledo. Crafts include rug weaving, woven fabrics and embroidery, jewelry, pottery, woodcarvings, and basketry. I'll introduce Oaxaca with words, links and photos.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Museo del Palacio
The central panel of a mural by Arturo García Bustos depicts events in the independent era.
State Capital Building was remodeled and opened on March 21, 2008 as the Museo
del Palacio Espacio de la Diversidad. Still commonly called the Palacio de
Gobierno or Governor’s Palace, in joint collaboration with UNAM (National
Autonomous University of Mexico), it hosts cultural activities, science
exhibits, art exhibitions and entertainment. Its main façade, Doric in style
and built from the green stone of Oaxaca, faces north, towards the Plaza de la
Constitucion or Zocalo.
is divided into three courtyards that have been covered with a tent roof to
make it possible to use the space for exhibitions. At the top of the main staircase there is an impressive
mural painted in 1980 by the Mexican muralist Arturo García Bustos. The mural
has three panels that depict historical and mythical events of Oaxaca City. The
left wall expresses pre-Hispanic times, reflecting the customs and lifestyle of
the Mixtec, Zapotec, and Mexica.
The right wall depicts the Spanish Conquest. The central wall depicts events in the independent era
including a picture of José Maria Morelos y Pavon, printing the first Oaxacan
journal, "El Correo del Sur" [Southern Courier]. Other important
Mexican heroes also appear here, such as: Benito Juárez, Margarita Maza, José
Maria Morelos and Ricardo Flores Magon.
Under the stairwell you can find the world's largest Tlayuda, 3 meters across and made from 120 kilos of masa.
the side stairs there is a second mural also painted by Arturo García Bustos in
1987 called Cosmogony of the indigenous peoples of Oaxaca. It covers the dome
and walls of the staircase for the east patio and represents the formation of
the universe, from the mythical view of the Hispanic cultures of Oaxaca. The
central mural portrays water, fertility of the soil and education. The mural on
the right depicts the tree of life, a woman, naked from the waist up with her
waist loom, a sorcerer or high priest, the huge Monte Albán Plaza, and a scribe
painting some codex. The left mural shows daily life in the Isthmus, a day at a
marketplace, as well as some Huave fishermen from San Mateo del Mar, with their
nets and musical instruments. There is also a portrait of the Huautla de
Jimenez area, represented by the goddess of the soil and two priestesses
dressed in traditional Mazatec attire, known as a Huipil.
area you can find historical documents of the life and work of Benito Juarez. The space is also used for art exhibitions. Outside it continues to be a focal point for protests despite no longer being the seat of government. For the past 18 months the people of San Juan Copala have been camped here in protest. For an update of what the current protest is about go here: Oaxaca's "Occupier" Refugees Face Roadblocks on the Way Home.