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Exploring The Galleries And Museums Of Cancun

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Though some people assume that Cancun is full of nothing but overpriced
souvenirs, there are plenty of great values to be found. Some of the best
bargains in Cancun – for both entertainment and distinctive souvenirs –
are provided by the vibrant local art community. Art is everywhere you
look in Cancun. Wherever you travel in the Hotel Zone or downtown Cancun,
you will spot artists selling their work on busy street corners or in
outdoor markets. Meanwhile, the galleries of Ca...


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Though some people assume that Cancun is full of nothing but overpriced
souvenirs, there are plenty of great values to be found. Some of the best
bargains in Cancun – for both entertainment and distinctive souvenirs –
are provided by the vibrant local art community. Art is everywhere you
look in Cancun. Wherever you travel in the Hotel Zone or downtown Cancun,
you will spot artists selling their work on busy street corners or in
outdoor markets. Meanwhile, the galleries of Cancun represent both the
best work of the region and internationally-recognized artists.
Regardless of your budget, you will be able to find the right piece to
add to your collection in Cancun.

One of the most popular places to view the fruits of creative labor is
Cancun’s folk art museum, known locally as Museo de Arte Popular
Mexicano. Located on the second floor of El Embarcadero Marina in
Cancun’s Hotel Zone, the folk art museum showcases everything from
traditional Mexican masks and costumes to religious artifacts and
handmade toys. With nearly 15,000 square feet of exhibition space, the
museum is able to tell many stories about both the local culture and the
history of the Mexican people. Besides all of the artistic objects on
display, the onsite gift shop is also a great place to shop for locally
made oddities. Furthermore, the folk art museum provides a fun and
affordable nighttime activity, remaining open to the public un til at
least 9 pm each day.

Some of the best places to shop for art in Cancun are the large shopping
centers located throughout the Hotel Zone. The best selection of both
commercial art galleries and individual vendors is at the sprawling Plaza
Kukulcan. Known primarily for its number of upscale clothing and jewelry
stores, Plaza Kukulcan is also a bustling art marketplace. In the common
areas of the shopping center, local artists are allowed to display their
work and sell directly to the public every day. On any given day, you
will be able to find artists selling everything from handmade jewelry and
crafts to pottery and oil paintings.
Plaza Kukulcan is also the place to find the work of renowned local
artist Sergio Bustamante. Represented in Cancun by the Xaman-Ek
Galleries, Bustamante’s uniquely surrealistic work is collected
worldwide. Though he trained as an architect in Mexico, Bustamante has
spent years combining his Chinese and Indian influences with the Mexican
art tradition. The result is a body of sculpture and ceramics exhibiting
a distinctive sense of humor, spiritually guided realism and superior
workmanship. With additional locations at Plaza Caracol and La Isla, the
Xaman-Ek Galleries also sell all types of locally-made products including
jewelry, painting and folk art sculpture.

As you tour the galleries and museums of Cancun, you can also expect to
see work inspired by the ancient Mayan culture. As the city is located
amongst scores of ancient ruins in the heart of the Mayan Riviera, the
imagery of the ancient civilization has always found its way into local
museums and galleries. For souvenir hunters and art collectors, some of
the most sought after items in Cancun are the expert reproductions of
Mayan artwork. One such artist working in this style is painter and Mayan
scholar Miguel Castro. Known for his masterful reproductions of Mayan
paintings, Castro also uses traditional tools and methods to create his
pieces.

Before venturing out in search of galleries and local artwork, chec k the
local guides available at your hotel or resort. Besides offering
descriptions of individual galleries and providing directions, many
publications detail the most current exhibitions. If you are hoping to
find a specific type of artwork at one of the outdoor markets, ask your
concierge for suggestions; they often know where the best artists sell
their products.

				
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