Writers such as Octavio Paz and Gabriel Garcia Marquez have come back to Guadalajara, this time as wax figures exhibited in parallel with the International Book Fair, FIL, in this Mexican city, the Spanish news agency EFE reports. Our thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.
The city’s wax museum inaugurated an exhibition on Wednesday with six of the most important figures in Hispanic culture as a way of bringing more people closer to their works.
“It’s a family museum and parents can help kids become aware of them. It may be enriching; it’s something different than reading the book or going to the conference of a writer,” Alejandra Urbina, the museum spokeswoman, told Efe.
The figures include Mexican writers Octavio Paz (1914-1998), Carlos Fuentes (1928-2012) and Carlos Monsivais (1938-2010), the writer, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (1651-1695), the Mexican painter Jose Luis Cuevas, born in 1931, and the Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1927-2014).
Their figures are accompanied by the biographies of these beloved personalities as well as their most famous quotes, while an audio tells visitors about the cultural context in which they thrived.
The immaculately dressed figure of Carlos Fuentes receives visitors leaning on the copies of some of his most well-known works such as “Aura” and the “The Most Transparent Region”. His well kept moustache and salt and pepper hair make him appear almost life-like.
Next to him, stands Octavio Paz in a striped suit poised as if on the verge of starting one of his erudite conversations with Garcia Marquez who is standing in front of him.
It is impossible to quell the urge to go near “Gabo”, as he was popularly known. The smiling countenance and the detailed hands of the Colombian author makes one forget that he died a few months ago.
In the background, the wax sculpture of Sor Juana looks on with an open countenance.
Right in front of the writer and enjoying his place amongst this small group of writers is the smiling wax figure of Cuevas as he finishes one of his drawings.
Simple and carefree, Carlos Monsivais’ wax sculpture watches from a corner. Dressed in a denim jacket and informal trousers, his eyes reflect the curiosity and irony that characterized him during his life.
Joining these delightful figures are 120 others including those of Bono, the lead singer of the Irish band U2, or the popular Mexican singer, Vicente Fernandez, and the Canadian popstar Justin Bieber, the hearthrob of adolescent girls the world over.
The exhibition runs until January with plans to add figures of writers who come to the fair every year, according to the museum directors.
Museo de Cera, Guadalajara, Mexico