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Mexico: Museum Displays ‘Wall’ of Donald Trump Cartoons

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Banners depicting president-elect Donald Trump, the subject of a caricature exhibit at the Caricature Museum in Mexico City on October 17, 2016. AFP/Getty Images

President-elect Donald Trump has called for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. A Mexico museum has built a different one — a wall of cartoons that is all about him.

Assembled by Mexican cartoonist Arturo Kemchs, artists from different countries have contributed to the creation of "Trump, a Wall of Caricatures." The project has inspired two books and an exhibition at the Caricature Museum in México City.

The project, which began when Trump was still a presidential candidate, has raised to date 1,100 caricatures from about 300 artists from countries like the United States, China, Russia, Argentina, Costa Rica, Panamá, Colombia and México.

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Caricatures depicting US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, are displayed as part of the exhibition "A Wall of Caricatures", at the Caricature Museum in Mexico City on October 17, 2016. AFP/Getty Images

Trump's hairstyle is prominently featured in one of the books' collections.

"The response has been unprecedented; I've called my colleagues for other things and I've never received this amount of work," Kemchs said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press from Colombia where he presented the first book.

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Caricatures depicting US Republican President Donald Trump, are displayed as part of the exhibition "A Wall of Caricatures", at the Caricature Museum in Mexico City on October 17, 2016. AFP/Getty Images

He said Trump has generated ample material worldwide and he expects it to continue, said Kemchs, who works with Mexico's newspaper El Universal.

A selection of the cartoons reached the Mexican Senate, though the cartoons displayed there are more measured.

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In the museum the cartoons are more biting and critical. One shows of a figure of Trump in the form of a Russian doll which also includes the figures of Hitler, Kim Jong-Il and Mussolini forming a 'Donaldtrushka "as the Mexican caricaturist Roman Rivas called it.

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Caricatures depicting US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, are displayed as part of the exhibition "A Wall of Caricatures", at the Caricature Museum in Mexico City on October 17, 2016. AFP/Getty Images

"What I mean by this cartoon is that the speech of this man is very similar to theirs, because it is an overly nationalistic discourse," Rivas said about his digital ink and drawing. "They tend to be dictators."

Trump's promise to build wall on the border with Mexico is one of the main themes of the project.

"You see that all the things that Trump says are not realistic and as President he has to propose something that is realistic," said Andres Gonzalez, 14, a visitor at the exhibition.

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The participating artists are thankful that Trump gives them ideas for new cartoons, which, they say, is secured at least in his four years as president.

"Our cartoonists are delighted to be able to criticize people like him," said Luis Javier Saenz, collaborator of Image Journal and the opinion of Puebla.

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Banners depicting US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hang as part of "A Wall of Caricatures" exhibition, at the Caricature Museum in Mexico City on October 17, 2016. AFP/Getty Images

The exhibition, which opened in mid-October, will remain open until mid December.

"We would love to take the exhibition to the United States embassy but don't think it will be accepted," said cartoonist Juan Terrazas, museum director and collaborator to Publimetro.

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