Piñatas as a form of Storytelling at the Mingei Museum in San Diego
This is a piñata the size of a car! It is one of the many stunning displays of piñata wizardry on exhibition at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park. There were small piñatas, gigantic piñatas, political piñatas and a few traditional. There was also beautiful artwork done with piñata materials. It is an excellent show.
I was especially impressed with the artistry of Roberto Benavidez, who crafted amazing re-creations of some of the animals depicted in Hieronymus Bosch’s famous triptych. The level of skill was amazing and I thought it was a very clever take on the traditional animal form of the piñata.
Admission is $14 for adults. Children are free. Although some of the piñatas deal with political themes, there isn’t anything too inappropriate for children.
Afterward, I had lunch at the Artifact Cafe in the lobby. It is a fine restaurant. I made a reservation, fortunately, because it was packed. I had the lamb kibbeh and a nice tapioca pudding with pineapple for dessert.This is huge
By Roberto Benavidez
Look for these creatures in Bosch’s painting of Eden