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Mexico City’s Franz Mayer Museum opened an exhibit on Wednesday, Sept. 29, of works portraying the Spanish conquest of Mexico.

The 82-piece collection, titled “Relatos Artísticos de la Conquista” (“Artist Tales of the Conquest”), presents different perspectives and artistic interpretations on the fall of the Mexica (Aztec) civilization of Tenochtitlán from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.

The exhibition offers a novel vision of 67 pieces of painting, sculpture, textiles, lacquers, blacksmithing, furniture, ceramics, silverware, and old books and graphics belonging to Franz Mayer’s permanent collection, along with 15 pieces on loan from private and public collections.

The exhibit is divided into six thematic nuclei: An Epic History, Conquering Devotions, Discourses on Otherness, The Indigenous Conquerors and Nobles, From Heraldic Shield to Ornament and Cultural Hybrids.

It covers examples of political, philosophical and theological perceptions during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries that determined how people in Mexico related to the Conquest.

As part of the activities that accompany the exhibit, an online academic program is being offered on Tuesdays from Nov. 16 through Dec. 7, with renowned specialists from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the Institute of Historical Research, the Center for the Study of the History of Mexico, the Carlos Slim Foundation and the Anáhuac University.

The “Relatos Artísticos de la Conquista” exhibit will remain on display at the Franz Mayer museum through Jan. 9.

The museum is located at Avenida Hidalgo 34 in Mexico City’s Centro Histórico. It is open Tuesday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is a 70-peso admission fee.

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