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The Art of Mexican Papier-Mâché

March 21 – May 21, 1989
Papier Mache
Dragon, 5’ x 7’ by Miguel Linares (1979) Courtesy of The May Weber Museum of Cultural Arts

The beauty of papier-mâché, like all forms of popular art, lies not only in the artistic imagination of the artists, but also in the manner in which it is produced. Using only shopping-bag paper and a water-flour glue, incredibly beautiful and fantastic images are produced. Cartoneria figures have been used traditionally in Mexico during holidays and celebrations. The two most important feast days that feature cartoneria figures are the Day of the Dead and the Lenten observances. This exhibit of a little over 100 papier-mâché pieces brought together the most prominent papier-mâché artists of Mexico; the Linares family and Jose “Pepe” Hernández.

Participating Artists

The Linares family and Jose “Pepe” Hernández.


René H. Arceo

Organizing Institution

Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum

Displayed at

Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum Main Gallery

Exhibition Highlights

Funded by the Chicago Office of Fine Arts and Illinois Arts Council