February 20

Fallas Ninots Part Two: Plenty More to See!

Gentle readers, in my last post, I provided an overview of the Expositión del Ninots, a huge exhibition of some of the smaller artwork surrounding the fallas that will be on display during the month of March. I know, it is a lot to take in for a blog post, but you can see the wide variety of artistic talent available in the city, a talent that is recognized and scouted by other artistic organizations like Disney. Here, I have placed pictures of some of the smaller figures in glass cases, as well as the larger-than-life ones in the exhibit.

Due to the proximity of other figures, sometimes the ninots to the right and the left make it difficult to understand the theme or the idea the artist is trying to convey. No worries… we will see it all together during Las Fallas next month, gentle reader.


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I especially like the mummified cat on the left of the mummy ninot.

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Quite the psychedelic mermaid, no?


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This one was lovely… I will look for it in March to see the whole effect.

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Ahhhhhhh, breakfast, Dolly Parton style.

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The faces on these two gave me a chuckle.


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Okay, so this one is a little unusual. This gentleman is making the daily dish of paella, but instead of traditional ingredients, he is “spicing it up” with fireworks. The recipe, in Valenciano, describes the ingredients, including various types of fireworks for the daily menu. You will notice he is quite spattered with the rice…

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Not all ninots are people or figurines. This one is an Egyptian-Mayan (???) theme piece. I wonder what the entire falla will look like!

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Lots of witches in various shapes and sizes…

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Ahhhhh, the modern fallera, complete with her motor scooter and sassy attitude.

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Or, if you prefer, at home on the phone.

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Even superheros should watch their consumption of unhealthy foods. Too much paella under the batbelt, I think.

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This piece is in monochrome, and I think I know where it will be placed. I will try to find it in March to see the whole falla!

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Okay, this one deserves a little explanation. In El Carmen, a section of the old city, there are large, building-size posters of local businesspeople on a number of the buildings. One one of them (will have to find it and take a picture), a woman of extremely voluptuous proportions, is dressed in boudoir-appropriate apparel in a paella pan (paellera). This is a caricature of that poster.

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Ahhhh, John and Yoko.

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Classic: a man and woman dressed in tradition clothes, surrounded by fireworks and topped with a bat. Must be Valencia!

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Detail of the kimono from the previous picture.

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San Vicente Ferrer, one of the city’s patron saints.

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Satire? Definitely.

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