After an amazing visit to the National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropología) in Mexico City I had to write a post and share a few thoughts and photos. It’s one of the finest museums I have ever visited. Wandering through it for an entire day I was stunned by the quality of the artifacts and items it contained. From intricate figurines to the iconic Aztec Calendar Stone—there’s more than one can imagine.
As I wandered through I saw pieces/artifacts created in ways that spoke directly to me, an individual viewing them in 2013. Many could be mistaken for works of contemporary art from our time period. You can see the stylization, design, abstraction, detail, professionalism, seriousness, and sometimes even humor in each piece. In many pieces utility is clearly set aside for the sheer joy of creativity and individuality. The museum is like an unimaginable art gallery inhabited by works from the finest artists. I caught myself walking up to pieces and unintentionally exclaiming my amazement verbally, out loud.
We “Modern Humans” often think of humans who came before us as less capable or less intelligent and even less creative. We point to modern civilization as an example of proof for this belief. However individually none of us created what we currently see. It was a culmination of ideas and their implementation by many over time. Individually we all have varying degrees of ability in different areas. For the most part humans are creative and intelligent and have applied themselves in acts of creativity in all time periods. The National Museum of Anthropology and what it contains makes this point clearly. The looks of awe and amazement on the faces of the visitors around us said it all.
If you get an opportunity to visit this museum, do it!
Selected Photos from the Museo Nacional de Antropología