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Collecting MexicoMuseums, Monuments, and the Creation of National Identity$
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Shelley E. Garrigan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816670925

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816670925.001.0001

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Collections at the World’s Fair: Rereading Mexico in Paris, 1889

Collections at the World’s Fair: Rereading Mexico in Paris, 1889

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Collecting Mexico

Shelley E. Garrigan

University of Minnesota Press

Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo’s exhaustive and groundbreaking study of Mexican participation in world’s fairs (with special emphasis on the Exposition Universelle de Paris in 1889) centers on the implicit tensions between image and thing, or form and essence, when he argues that the commissioners in charge of the Mexican exhibit for Paris in 1889 found themselves in the difficult position of representing a nation that did not yet exist. This chapter offers a new perspective on Mexico’s participation in the Exposition Universelle de Paris in 1889. The chapter builds on Tenorio’s work in such a way that it connects the Palacio azteca to diagnostic debates around Mexico’s supposedly retrograde aesthetic development, comparisons with European and U.S. fairs, and the problem of transcendent versus commercial value.

Keywords:   Mexico, Exposition Universelle de Paris, Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo, Palacio azteca, world’s fairs

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