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Mexico City's smoky past

December 14, 2008 |  2:00 pm

Mexico_2Our colleague Deborah Bonello at the La Plaza blog recently posted about the exhibition "Dias de Humo" (The Days of Smoking) at Mexico City's Museo Soumaya, which looks at the historical, artistic and cultural aspects of tobacco in Mexico.

In case you missed it, Bonello writes:

Pre-Hispanic pipes, personalized cigarette holders and snuffboxes, newspaper articles, old television ads and publicity posters tell what is more than just the history of tobacco.

Some of Mexico’s most famed artists and public figures, such as José Guadalupe Posada, Frida Kahlo and José Clemente Orozco, are included in an exhibit that is really a kind of history of Mexico, using the tobacco industry and smoking culture as the organizing thread. The tale starts with the origins of tobacco in South America and northern Mexico and winds its way through to Mexico’s smoking film stars.

Bonello also points out that the show opens on the heels of recent restrictions on smoking in public places.

Read Bonello's full post here.

-- Scott Sandell

Photo: A Pre-Hispanic pipe, part of "Dias de Humo." Credit: Deborah Bonello / Los Angeles Times