Press Release
Note No. 5788/Rev.1

                                                            Note No. 5788/Rev.1*

                                                            10 April 2003

Note to Correspondents


Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico Luis Ernesto Derbez will open “Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art” Thursday, 10 April, at 6:30 p.m. in the United Nations Visitors’ Lobby.  Guests are required to enter from the First Avenue and 46th Street entrance.

This unique exhibition is from the collection of Fomento Cultural Banamex A.C., recently on display at the Smithsonian National History Museum of the Indian American.  The exhibition highlights the work of artists who have used techniques handed down from one generation to the next and represents the diverse traditions and social environments of Mexico and its indigenous cultures.  The artifacts on display have been produced in a variety of mediums, including clay, plant fibres, stone, leather, shell, wax, feathers and glass.

The master artisans represented in this exciting exhibition were selected to take part in the Programme of Support for Folk Art, which was founded in 1996.
A selection of the pieces will remain at the United Nations to be included in the exhibit during the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which will take place in May.

The exhibit will be on display daily from 10 to 22 April 2003.  Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  (In view of occasional security restrictions, please call (212) 963-8687 to confirm.)

For further press information, please contact Cecilia de la Macorra, Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations, tel: (212) 752-0220, e-mail: maguilera@sre.gob.mx; or Jan Arnesen, United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI), at tel: (212) 963-8531 or 963-4442.

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*      Reissued to indicate correct starting time of exhibit opening and contact person.