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 The altar for the Day of the Dead is all the rage in Madrid. Photo: Courtesy Casa de México Foundation.
The altar for the Day of the Dead is all the rage in Madrid. Photo: Courtesy Casa de México Foundation.

Día de los Muertos: An altar that is all the rage in Madrid

The traditional Mexican celebration for the Day of the Dead arriving in Madrid thanks to the Fundación Casa de México and its altar.

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This year is the fifth edition of the mega altar for Day of the Dead in Madrid. This time, the Fundación Casa de México in Madrid prepared an offering for the renowned artist Frida Kahlo. The mega altar is also dedicated to two people who have played an important role in preserving her legacy: Diego Rivera and Dolores Olmedo.

The tribute to the traditional Mexican celebration, which opened to the Madrid public on Oct. 7, is made up of traditional elements and is complemented by pieces of Mexican folk art: papel picado; embossed tinplate (a craft technique that consists of working metal plates to form an ornamental figure in relief), and cartonería (a popular art technique with which figures are created through a paper modeling process).

The altar for the Day of the Dead was designed by the Fundación Casa de México team in Spain in collaboration with the Dolores Olmedo Museum.

Access to the altar is free, but the tickets to visit it sold out. However, the foundation encourages all those who have not obtained entry to visit the altar, open from Monday to Sunday, on times specified on its website.

In addition to the altar, set up inside the foundation's headquarters, there is a skull made by Jesús Sánchez on a façade.

The display will be open until Nov. 13, 2022.

Frida Kahlo: Wings to Fly

In addition to the traditional tribute, those who visit the Fundación Casa de México will be able to see the exhibition Frida Kahlo: Wings to Fly, in which 31 original works are exhibited accompanied by 91 photographs.

The exhibition focuses not only on the complex artistic production of the Mexican painter, but also on her human side. With original works from private collections — one of them from the Dolores Olmedo Museum in Mexico — and photographs by renowned Mexican photographer Manuel Alvarez Bravo, the exhibition explores the biographical context and the intimate part. It invites the viewer to enjoy the aesthetic and understand the historical moment during which she lived.

The exhibition, which seeks to honor and strengthen the recognition of one of the best-known Mexican artists in the world of the last century, will be open until Nov. 30.

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