From November 1st until November 3rd, the Mexican Embassy will set up a traditional Mexican altar for the Day of the Dead celebrations Atelier of the National Museum of Finland. At the same time, the Día de Muertos Pop-up Photo Exhibition is on display.
The Day of the Dead, traditionally celebrated between 1st and 2nd of November, Mexicans set up spectacular altars in memory of loved ones who have passed away. Also important objects, food and drinks will be placed on the altar, as souls are believed to return to visit from the world of the dead. The tradition is a mixture of indigenous Mexican and Christian beliefs and is part of UNESCO's intangible world heritage.
This year's altar is dedicated to Francisco Toledo and Miguel León Portilla. Francisco Toledo was a famous artist painter, sculptor and graphic artist who is considered one of the most significant contemporary artists in Mexico. Miguel León-Portilla was a Mexican anthropologist and historian known internationally for his literature on Aztec culture and literature in pre-Columbian times.
On the day of the dead, the National Museum also exhibits three series of exhibitions showing how the day of the dead is celebrated in Mexico. The photos cover the Day of the Dead markets, the altars, the gifts, and the music and dance of the Day of the Dead. The photos are taken from the National Day of the Dead photography contest organized by the Mexican Cultural and Art Council.
The pop-up exhibition and the Day of the Dead altar are organised in close cooperation with the Embassy of Mexico.