Alexandre Girard’s milagros collection

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In Museum of International Folk art, in Santa Fe, the first of its kind, you can see the fabulous Alexandre Girard’s collection of  milagros, votives, nazars, and tamatas from all over the world. The literal Spanish translation of milagros is miracles, which are borne out through Mexican protective charms. These are typically forms of body parts pressed in tin. Basically if you need help with your arms, legs, heart, intestines, fertility, eyes (general protection), you carry a charm in the relative shape. Sometimes these charms are added to religious works of art as holy offerings. Although these kinds of pressed charms are numerous in Mexico and Latin America, there are counterparts in many parts of the world.

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As an  interior designer and architect, Girard himself designed the outfitting, opened to the public since 1982, in which he challenged the conventions of exhibition design: he displayed more than 10,000 pieces from his Foundation throughout the entire volume of the gallery space, placing objects both above and below eye level, and using color throughout the exhibit, even overhead.

Visit the museum: http://www.internationalfolkart.org/ 

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Morocco

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Turkey

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Wax votives from Italy

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Poland

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Syria

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Italy

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