Ruth D. Lechuga

Ruth Deutsch Reiss, better known as Ruth D. Lechuga (1920-2004), since her arrival in Mexico as a refugee in 1939 until 2000, dedicated her life to field trips and acquisitions far and wide within the national territory, forming a rich collection of folk art.

The collection adds up to almost 13,000 objects. It contains pieces of great importance of the indigenous art and culture of Mexico. Twenty-two artisan branches can be identified, among which masks, costumes and other textiles, lacquer objects, ceramics, toys, and miniatures, and others stand out.

Her collection represents a legacy of a world of artisan creators, stories, customs and mores and, religiousness, identity and knowledge of the cultural diversity of Mexico.