Quirky Folk Art

17 Feb

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Casa de los Venados is a private home and contemporary folk art museum in Valladolid. John and Dorianne Venator claim to be the largest private folk art museum in Mexico. Their home itself is a 400 year old, renovated hacienda expanded to 18,000 square feet and filled with some of the quirkiest custom art we have seen.

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The day we went to their house, the Venators had about two dozen visitors on the daily morning tour. Our bi-lingual guide told us of the Venators’ penchant for commissioned art that reflected folk art themes with a personal twist.DSC01413This game table is inspired by American turn-of-the-century bull-dog art with a Mexican skeleton theme. The table top and chair seats and backs are a combination of Mexican outlaws and Gringo-ish skeletons playing a game of cards, some smoking cigars.
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There is a Frida Kahlo room and a Diego Rivera room.

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I love the Frida Kahlo pinata.

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Venados means “deer” so Casa de los Venados translates as “the house of the deer.” As one might expect a plethora of antlers are found here mounted on the most unlikely of noggins.

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There is religious themed art combined with skeletons giving a macabre feeling of the sacred and profane.DSC01357

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Masks abound. Here are two favorites.

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The art runs that line between folk and kitch.

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We thoroughly enjoyed the house, the folk art, the tour and the Venators who were there to personally greet every guest. People collect amazing things.

 

 

 

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