Popular artwork guarded in Museo Cabañas consists in two collections: the first, Roberto Montenegro Collection, pertains to the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes and is being loaned to Museo Cabañas since 2005, and the second, Colección de Artes Populares [Popular Arts Collection], has belonged to the museum since 1983.
Roberto Montenegro Collection, with a little over a thousand pieces, carries the name of this artist from Jalisco, as he was the one that put it together throughout his life, due to his interest of considering artistic, historical, and social values of Mexico’s popular arts. The Popular Arts Collection of Museo Cabañas comes from the heritage treasured by the Secretariat of Culture of the State of Jalisco, and it counts with 425 pieces.
Altogether, both collections possess a vast showcase of the diverse techniques and materials that masterfully represent popular artists in our country. They include clay pieces with diverse techniques, such as canelo, bandera, petatillo, betus, and glazing; basketry, carved stone and bone, carpentry, and blown glass. These artworks come from all regions of the country and are dated from the end of the 19th Century to the last decades of the 20th Century.