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Día de los Muertos – Day of the Dead

Every two years at the Museum for Sepulchral Culture

From October 31 to November 2, Mexico celebrates the "Día de los Muertos", the "Day of the Dead". This celebration mixes elements of pre-Columbian culture with forms of Christian customs. The result is a unique cult of the dead, which was declared an intangible world cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2003. The festival of the dead is of great importance to the Mexican population. In Mexico, the "Día de los Muertos" is one of the most important holidays. According to belief, the souls of the deceased visit the living during this time. And this visit is not feared, but joyfully and extensively celebrated.

With its Mexican Festival of the Dead, the Museum for Sepulchral Culture pays tribute to "Día de los Muertos" as a special form of commemoration of the dead and mourning that continues to evolve without forgetting its origins.

Every two years, the festival is an opportunity to discuss artistic contributions, documentaries or films with Mexican and German cultural professionals.

 

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Del 31 de octubre al 2 de noviembre, México celebra el "Día de los Muertos". Esta fiesta sincretiza elementos de las culturas prehispánicas con tradiciones cristianas. El resultado es un culto a los muertos único, que fue declarado Patrimonio Cultural Inmaterial de la Humanidad por la UNESCO en 2003. El "Día de los Muertos" es una de las fiestas más importantes en México y tiene un gran significado. Según la creencia, las almas de los difuntos visitan a los vivos durante este tiempo y esta visita no se teme, sino que se celebra con alegría y con abundancia.

Con este evento, el Museo de Cultura Sepulcral rinde homenaje al "Día de los Muertos" y lo recibe como una forma especial de conmemorar a los muertos y afrontar el duelo, adoptándolo en Alemania sin nunca olvidar su origen mexicano.

Con su primera exposición de arte digital, el Museo de Cultura Sepulcral le invita a participar en el proceso de esta celebración. ¡Visite nuestro evento o tutoriales en línea! Tenga una charla con los artistas y colaboradores de este evento, tanto mexicanos como alemanes o con los creadores de las películas documentales. Además, puede participar en nuestro primer concurso de arte digital. En este año, la celebración del Día de los Muertos se dedica de manera especial a las personas que se han ido por suicidio.

 

Día de los Muertos 2023

The next Día de los Muertos will take place again in 2023!

2021 digital

In 2021, everything was different: Due to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic, Día de los Muertos could not take place at the museum as usual with dance and music and numerous guests and artists. Instead, 2021 featured a comprehensive digital program with workshops, video tutorials, and events. In addition, there was an art competition and the usual art exhibition took place digitally.

With its 1st digital art exhibition, the Museum for Sepulchral Culture invited people to participate in this process. One could attend online events or tutorials, discuss artistic contributions, documentaries or films with Mexican and German cultural workers or participate in the competition of our exhibition with a digital artwork. In addition, the theme of "suicide" was the focus of the festival of the dead, because from September 10, 2021 to April 03, 2022, the special exhibition  "Suizid – Let's talk about it!" was on display at the museum.

So, despite all the circumstances, we celebrated our Día de los Muertos – just a little differently than usual. Because: Death is inevitable. We will all cross over to the other side at some point. Reason enough to start dealing with your own mortality now. So take a look at our limited-time digital exhibition and deal with death in a virtual way.

 

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En 2021, todo es diferente a lo habitual: debido a la pandemia de Covid 19 en curso, el Día de los Muertos no puede celebrarse en el museo como de costumbre, con baile y música y numerosos invitados y artistas. En cambio, este año habrá un amplio programa digital con talleres, videotutoriales y eventos. También habrá un concurso de arte y la habitual exposición de arte tendrá lugar de forma digital.

Con su primera exposición de arte digital, el Museo le invita a participar en este proceso. ¡Visite nuestro evento o tutoriales en línea! Discuta las contribuciones artísticas, los documentales o las películas con los trabajadores culturales mexicanos y alemanes. O participar en el concurso de nuestra exposición con una obra de arte digital. Este año, el tema del "Suicidio" es el centro de la Totenfest, ya que la exposición especial "Suizid – Let's talk about it!" se exhibe actualmente en el museo.

Así que, a pesar de todas las circunstancias, estamos celebrando nuestro Día de los Muertos – sólo que un poco diferente de lo habitual. Porque sí: La muerte es inevitable y en algún momento todos nos iremos al otro lado. ¿Por qué no empezamos de una vez a reflexionar sobre nuestra propia mortalidad? Visite nuestra exhibición temporal digital y dedíquele un tiempo a la muerte en una forma virtual. Participe en un Workshop, visite un panel o maquíllese el rostro como calaverita.

 

 

La Ofrenda

Video, permanently available

What is an ofrenda? What does it mean and why is it so important to Mexicans? Learn all this and more in our video.

 

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La Ofrenda

Video

Qué es una Ofrenda? Qué significado conlleva y por qué es tan importante para los Mexicanos? Aprende todo ésto y más en nuestro video.

 

Zapotec skull

Video, permanently available

Four engraved and painted skulls, about 1000 years old, from the Zapotec era: Walther Boelsterly, director of the Museo de Arte Popular (MAP) in Mexico City, showed us these objects as part of the preparations for Día de los Muertos - and asked Felix Pestemer for a commentary from the perspective of a European comic artist ...

 

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Cráneo zapoteco

Vídeo, disponible permanentemente

Cuatro cráneos grabados y pintados de la época zapoteca que tienen unos 1000 años de antigüedad: Walther Boelsterly, director del Museo de Arte Popular (MAP) de Ciudad de México, nos mostró estos objetos como parte de los preparativos para el Día de los Muertos - y pidió a Felix Pestemer un comentario desde la perspectiva de un artista de cómic europeo ...

 

Music videos for the Día de los Muertos

Flor de Azalea

La Bruja

Sandunga

Adoro

Luz le Luna

La Llorona

La Martiniana

Art Competition 2021

The Day of the Dead has enormous significance for the Mexican population. In Mexico, Día de los Muertos is one of the most important holidays, along with the feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe. According to belief, the souls of the deceased visit the living during this time. And this visit is not feared as in other cultures, but joyfully welcomed and extensively celebrated.

Día de los Muertos has its origins in indigenous prehispanic funerary customs, which were merged with the Catholic holidays All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. It is celebrated on November 1 and 2. In the days before, the souls of the deceased who died in accidents or lost their lives through suicide are remembered. There is also a special day of remembrance for deceased children, Día de los Angelitos.

About the competition

The Museum for Sepulchral Culture invites you to participate in the celebration of the Day of the Dead 2021. This event, which has been one of the museum's most important events since 2008, will be held digitally for the first time this year. The Mexican Day of the Dead celebration is always prepared with great seriousness and in close consultation with the Mexican community. In addition to traditional forms of funerary customs, the museum always presents contemporary contributions from the visual and performing arts. This year, these contributions are dedicated to the theme of "suicide".

To the exhibition contributions

Artists, illustrators, creative professionals, but also pupils and students can participate. However, there are a few rules for the submissions:

  1. They must be submitted in digital format. There are no restrictions on the software used to create the entry.
  2. Each participant can submit only one piece of art.
  3. All entries must be inspired by at least two of the following themes:
    1. Día de los Muertos
    2. Sepulchral Culture
    3. Suicide
  4. The file size must not exceed 10 MB.
  5. Only png and jpeg image file formats will be accepted.
  6. The entrant* must own the copyright to the work submitted.
  7. Submissions that contain filtered photos, photo manipulations, collages or animations will NOT be accepted.
  8. Only artwork that is appropriate for all ages will be considered.

Entry Requirements

To enter the competition, the following documents must be submitted:

  1. The digitized artistic works (see chapter "on exhibition entries" of this document).
  2. Two short texts (preferably in English) explaining the work, its meaning and how it relates to the competition theme, as well as an artist profile with an artistic background. Each text consists of 50 to 100 words.
  3. A photo of the applicant in PNG or JPG format, no larger than 10 MB. (optional).

Winning works

  1. The three winning works will be printed and exhibited in the museum for 1 year.
  2. The three winners* will be notified by email by 01 November 2021.
  3. They will also be announced during the event at the museum.
  4. The works of participants* who were not awarded prizes will not be notified.

Prizes

All participants will receive a certificate of participation issued by the Museum for Sepulchral Culture, and signed by the museum director. The certificate
will be sent in PDF format to the e-mail address indicated in the participation documents.

Prize winners

  1. The winners will receive the following offer:
  2. The submitted work will be published on the Museum's website for at least 3 months starting November 1, 2021.
  3. The profile picture, vita and contact details of the award winners will be published on the museum's website for at least 3 months from November 1, 2021.

 

The deadline is over! Please do not submit further contributions.

 

Jury

The international jury consists of Mexican and German cultural professionals.

Dr. Dirk Pörschmann

 

Info about the person

 

Dr. Dirk Pörschmann has been director of the Central Institute and Museum for Sepulchral Culture and the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedhof und Denkmal e.V. since January 1, 2018. He studied art history, history, sociology and philosophy in Heidelberg and Bochum. From 2010 to 2016, he worked as a researcher, author, and curator for the Zero Foundation in Düsseldorf.



Felix Pestemer

 

Info about the person

 

Born in Braunschweig in 1974, studied fine arts in Berlin and illustration in Barcelona. Felix Pestemer is the author of series of narrative drawings and graphic novels. His work has been widely exhibited, both in Mexico and in Europe. He lives with his family in Berlin.

 

Walther Boerlsterly

 

Info about the person

 

Walther Boerlsterly was National Coordinator of Visual Arts at the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico from 1997 to 2000, and in 2003 was appointed President of the Association of Museums and Cultural Sites of the Historical Center. His curatorial and museographic work is noteworthy, as well as his participation as a lecturer in Mexican art diploma courses. He is currently general director of the Museo de Arte Popular in Mexico City.

 
 

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1er Concurso de Arte Digital por El Día de los Muertos

El Día de los Muertos tiene un enorme significado para los mexicanos. En México esta celebración, junto con la fiesta de la Virgen de Guadalupe, es uno de los eventos religiosos más importantes.  Según la creencia, las almas de los difuntos visitan a los vivos durante este tiempo. Y esta visita no se teme como en otras culturas, sino que se acoge con alegría y se celebra ampliamente.

El Día de los Muertos tiene su origen en las costumbres funerarias prehispánicas, que se fusionaron con las fiestas católicas de Todos los Santos y de los Difuntos. Se celebra los días 1 y 2 de noviembre. En los días previos se recuerda a las almas de los fallecidos en accidentes o que perdieron la vida por suicidio. También hay un día especial en recuerdo de los niños fallecidos, el Día de los Angelitos.

Sobre del concurso

El Museo de Cultura Sepulcral de Kassel le invita a participar en las celebraciones del Día de los Muertos en 2021. Este evento, que ha sido uno de los más importantes del museo desde 2008, se celebrará también en formato digital por primera vez este año.

La celebración del Día de los Muertos en el Museo Sepulcral se prepara siempre con gran seriedad y en estrecha consulta con la comunidad mexicana. Además de las formas tradicionales de las costumbres funerarias, el museo presenta siempre aportaciones actuales de las artes visuales y escénicas. Este año, estas contribuciones están dedicadas al tema del "suicidio".

Selección

Los participantes

Se invita a participar a todos los artistas, ilustradores, profesionales creativos, así como estudiantes. Sin importar el país de procedencia, residencia o su edad.

Las obras

Las obras deben de cumplir los siguientes requisitos:

  1. Todas las obras de arte que se presenten deben estar en formato digital
  2. Cada artista puede presentar solo una obra.
  3. Todas las obras deben estar inspiradas en al menos dos de los siguientes temas:

     

    1. Día de los Muertos
    2. Cultura sepulcral
    3. Suicidio
  4. El tamaño de los archivos no debe superar los 10 MB.
  5. Sólo se aceptarán los formatos de archivo png. y jpg.
  6. El participante debe tener todos los derechos de autor de su obra presentada.
  7. No se aceptan presentaciones que contengan fotos filtradas, manipulaciones fotográficas, collages o animaciones.
  8. Sólo se seleccionarán las obras que sean apropiadas para todas las edades.

 

El Jurado

El jurado internacional está formado por profesionales de la cultura mexicanos y alemanes.

Dr. Dirk Pörschmann
El Dr. Dirk Pörschmann es desde el 1º. de enero de 2018 Director del Instituto Central y Museo de Cultura Sepulcral así como de la Asociación de Cementerios y Monumentos e.V. Estudió historia del arte, historia, sociología y filosofía en Heidelberg y Bochum. De 2010 a 2016, el Dr. Pörschmann trabajó como investigador, autor y comisario para la Fundación Zero de Düsseldorf.

Felix Pestemer
Nació en Braunschweig en 1974, estudió Artes Visuales en Berlín e ilustración en Barcelona. Felix Pestemer es autor de varios series de dibujos narrativos y de novelas gráficas. Su obra se ha expuesto en varios lugares, en México como en Europa. Vive con su familia en Berlín.

Walther Boerlsterly

Fue Coordinador Nacional de Artes Plásticas del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes de 1997 a 2000 y nombrado Presidente de la Asociación de Museos y Recintos Culturales del Centro Histórico en el 2003. Destaca su labor de curaduría y museografía, así como su participación como ponente en diplomados de arte mexicano. Actualmente es Director General del Museo de Arte Popular.

 

Winners of the Art Competition

Susann Trautmann

Circle Of Life

At first, I was suprised that suicid got selected as a topic of choice. Most often it is not considered as a suitibale topic for all age groups and I'm happy to see this changing. At my very first contact with death, I was confronted with a suicide that took place in my parents' house. I was 10 years old at that time. Although I didn't take it very well, no one really considered talking to me about what had happened. It was assumed that a child wouldn't understand, much less that the event could raise existential fears or questions – which it did. Although, as a psychologist, I am aware of the fact that some topics and emotions are more difficult to present and discuss in a way that is appropriate for children, I very much welcome developing a culture in which we, as a social community, talk about all aspects of the human experience and allow all people, regardless of their age, to express their thoughts and feelings about a particular topic. I am therefore pleased to submit the following entry for the 2021 art competition.

The artwork reflects on the celebration of dia de los muertos and the loss of a loved one through suicide. It is inspired by the spirit of the calaveras literarias. In the tradition of giving light-hearted but slightly irreverent verses or sugar skulls to friends and acquaintances, death hands the newborn a skull shaped baby arch toy. The inscription ‘circle of life’ welcomes the baby to this world but also reminds of the fact that death is a part of life too and therefore nothing to turn away from or fear but something to celebrate and embrace. This is in noticeable contrast to the hinted suicide of the father-to-be in the background. The woman's partner reaches out of the seemingly idyllic family photo for one of the three candles that are symbolizing the flame of life and extinguishes his flame between his fingers. The left behind now-mother is staring into the room while she is breastfeeding her baby. The scene depicts the mother being torn between griefing and nurturing and illustrates the ambivalence of death as something both burdeningly melancholy and devoutly festive.

About the Person

since 2016 – Dipl.-Psych. (Psychologist)

since 2021 – Digital Design and Line Art

                   www.oktogonal-diametral.de

                   Instagram: oktogonal.diametral

Circle of Life (2021)
Circle of Life (2021)
Software: Inkscape
© Susann Trautmann

Marcus Tragesser

A Night with Friends & Family

The right friends with the wrong friends and/or role models:

Dirk: Romy Schneider, James Dean, skyscraper, Scotty: "he's going to be something special", quote (my dad): heroin, Bader taught me breakdance, heroin, Grandpa Otto: U96, U 653, German cross in gold, Atlantic, Swordfish, field post ,,,,

About the person

Graduation Dipl. Designer (System Design). University of Arts Kassel 2007
DAAD scholarship – reportage about and with the Pemon, Venezuela 1999
since 1999 documentary film with Kinotitlan
since 2008 freelance photographer
since 2018 photographic exhibitions
since 2019 Guatemalan collective VOCES de Guatemala en Berlin

A Night With Friends & Family (2021)
A Night With Friends & Family (2021)
© Marcus Tragesser

The Day of Dead at the Museum for Sepulchral Culture

Museo de Arte Popular

The Museum of Folk Art is an institution dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Mexican folk art. It is located in the historic centre of Mexico City. The museum houses a collection of carpets, pottery, vases, piñatas, alebrijes, furniture, toys, kitchen utensils, etc. However, the museum is best known as the sponsor of the annual Noche de Alebrijes parade, in which fantastic creatures are built on a monumental scale and then parade from the Zocalo to the Independence Monument to compete for prizes.

It was opened in March 2006 to become a reference point for Mexican handicrafts and to promote them in the country and to foreign tourists through workshops and other events. It also aims to honour handicrafts by restoring old works and promoting their creation both inside and outside the museum.

Museo de Arte Popular | Revillagigedo 11 | 06050 Ciudad de México | www.map.cdmx.gob.mx

 

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El Museo de Arte Popular es una institución dedicada a la promoción y conservación del arte popular mexicano. Se encuentra en el centro histórico de Ciudad de México. El museo alberga una colección de alfombras, cerámica, jarrones, piñatas, alebrijes, muebles, juguetes, utensilios de cocina, etc. Sin embargo, el museo es más conocido por ser el patrocinador del desfile anual de la Noche de Alebrijes, en el que se construyen criaturas fantásticas a escala monumental y luego desfilan desde el Zócalo hasta el Monumento a la Independencia para competir por los premios.

Se inauguró en marzo de 2006 para convertirse en un punto de referencia de la artesanía mexicana y promoverla en el país y entre los turistas extranjeros a través de talleres y otros eventos. También pretende honrar la artesanía restaurando obras antiguas y promoviendo su creación tanto dentro como fuera del museo.

 
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