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Uruguay in Guarani, Art and Folk Art, 17th-21stCentries

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  • Venues:Hall 19—21

The Guarani were the main indigenous people of South America before Spain and Portugal established colonial rule there in the 15th century. Today, they are separated in Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina. The Guarani is the leading indigenous group in Uruguay. They are a major part of the population of Uruguay today. They are also the only ethnic group in Uruguayan territory that retains the customs of its indigenous peoples.
This exhibition will put on dispaly 158 pieces (sets) of handmade works, including 18 Baroque Guarani style sculptures, 12 pieces (sets) of Mate, 43 pieces (sets) of traditional Mbya-Guarani folk art works, and 85 pieces (sets) of contemporary folk art works of Uruguay (including daily necessities, clothing and accessories). They vividly show the folk art tradition of Guarani and its contemporary transformation. The handmade works in the exhibition, with wood, bark, leather, pumpkin and metal as carriers, relate to engraving, relief, weaving, knitting, printing and dyeing. It is apparent that their patterns and visual elements are stepping to the forefront of the world's popular culture.

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