The Atomic Apocalypse


The Day of the Dead, Dia de Muertos, is the Mexican celebration of the three days of Hallowe’en, Hallowmas and All Souls Day 31 October – 2 November. Its origins pre-date the arrival of the Catholic Church in Central America and are probably to be found in Mexica (Aztec) celebrations of the Queen of the Underworld. It is a joyful and ironic and humorous commemoration of the dead, who experience a brief return to the pleasures of their former existence. In Through this group by the Linares family, amongst the most celebrated makers of papier mâché figures, we are encouraged to take an ironic look at the apocalyptic fears of the second half of the 20th century.


Mexico City, Mexico


AD 1983


20th century Central American


papier mâché, wood and cane


multiple figures


British Museum

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