Today, we want to invite everyone to experience Mexico’s tradition of paying tribute to life, through the Day of the Dead exhibition on Google Arts & Culture. The content is curated by 10 cultural organizations from Mexico, Peru and the United States and explores the Pre-Columbian roots of this festivity, its many transformations through history and its contemporary manifestations as told by pieces of archaeology, folk art, prints, paintings, sculptures, street art and many other artforms. The collection includes over 500 artworks and artifacts, 20 exhibits, 11 Street View virtual tours through cemeteries and museums and two guided tours that users can experience with a Cardboard viewer. A Google Expedition also allows teachers around the world to take their classes on a virtual field trip through the history of the Day of the Dead.
Without Hope (1945) by Frida Kahlo at Museo Dolores Olmedo
Colossal Skulls from James Bond movie (2015) by Colectivo Última Hora at Museo de Arte Popular
Catrina (2015) by D*Face at All City Canvas
Cráneo by Vicente Barroco Reyes at Museo de Arte Popular
La Catrina (1910/1913) by José Guadalupe Posada at the Smithsonian Latino Center
Besitos a mamá (2011) by Felipe Mendiola Velázques at Museo Mexicano del Diseño
Start the exhibition online at g.co/diademuertos or download the Google Arts & Culture app for iOS or Android to dive into the ancient roots of the Day of the Dead through codices and sculptures. You can explore the different representations of death in folk art pieces from all over the country; savor the paintings of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, and learn about Jose Guadalupe Posada, Mexico's most famous illustrator and father of the iconic Catrina.
If you’re new to this tradition, get to know the elements that make up an Offering; enjoy the calaveras crafted by the legendary family Linares, visit the colossal skulls made by Mexican artisans for the 2015 James Bond movie, Spectre and even take a stroll through the San Andrés Mixquic’s cemetery during Día de Muertos.
Whichever route you choose, we invite you to explore death as a celebration of life.