France is preparing to commemorate the fall of Tenochtitlán with a projection
2021 will mark the 500th anniversary of the fall of the great Tenochtitlán by the Spanish invaders, led by Hernán Cortés.
There will be special events not only in Mexico. In France, it is expected that one of the most emblematic churches in the country will present a light show and projection.
August 3th, 2021:
MEXICO RECEIVES 750 ARCHAEOLOGICAL PIECES RETURNED FROM OTHER COUNTRIES
As announced last week by Diego Prieto, director of the National Institute of Anthropology and History, the Mexican government will finish the return of around 750 finds and historical heritage items to Mexico, result of efforts over the course of 2020 and 2021.
Some of the pieces have been confiscated by other nations' judicial authorities, and others are voluntary returns from Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, Australia, France and the United States.
In this context, Minister of Culture Alejandra Frausto pointed out that "this important reintegration into national heritage is part of the symbolic commemorations planned for 2021".
June 16th, 2021:
German families give back art treasures
Stone masks and figures that are more than thousands of years old have changed hands: two families from North Rhine-Westphalia handed over 34 works of art to Mexico. Foreign Minister Ebrard spoke of an encouraging result.
"There is a rethinking."
Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and Culture Minister Alejandra Frausto thanked them for the voluntary return. This might not have been possible a few years ago, said Ebrard.
Among the pieces are a human-like stone mask in the style of the Olmec civilization from the Mesoamerican pre-classical period, dated between 1200 and 600 BC. There were also several human figures and vessels made of clay from the ages of Classical (250-900 AD) and post-classical culture (1000-1521).
April 30th, 2021:
Germany returns Benin bronzes!!!
The Benin bronzes, centuries-old sculptures from what is now Nigeria, are exhibited in many European museums. Germany wants to start giving them back in the coming year.
The Benin bronzes are metal plaques and sculptures from the 16th to 18th centuries that once adorned the royal palace in the Kingdom of Benin in what is now Nigeria. After the British invaded at the end of the 19th century, they were stolen and ended up as looted art in European museums.
The Nigerian government has been demanding the return of the art treasures for years. There they were pleased with the announcement. A return of the Benin bronzes is of crucial importance for the whole country, said the director of the Nigerian Commission for Museums and Monuments, Abba Isa Tijani, the Catholic News Agency (KNA). "Up to now, 90 percent of the population has not had a chance to see them," he emphasized. Tijani described the return as an admission of the fact that the works of art had been stolen from Nigeria.
January 18th, 2021:
Protest march to the Austrian Embassy in Mexico City on January 18th, 2021: GIVE OUR HOLY FEATHER AND GOLD CROWN BACK TO US!!!
Tlahtokan Mexica del Valle de Anahuak - an association that represents many groups with a total of approx. 350,000 people in Mexico City presented a letter to the Embassy of Austria in Mexico this year in January 2021 with the request: Give us our feather crown back!!!
Attention: We would like to emphasize that we do not want ALL the MANY objects that are still there in the Vienna Museum OF US... we only want the holy feather and gold crown of our Aztec Emperor Montezuma!!!
October 12th, 2020:
Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced a new initiative to recover historical objects on the anniversary of the arrival of the navigator Christopher Columbus (October 12, 1492) on the American continent.
His wife Beatriz Gutiérrez Müller, journalist and writer, traveled to several European capitals to collect historical art objects on his behalf, which are stored in European museums. These are to be exhibited in Mexico during Mexico's celebrations marking the 500th anniversary of the total destruction by the Spanish invaders in 2021.
At a meeting with Austria's Alexander van der Bellen, she asked for the valuable piece back for Mexico.
In a letter to Pope Francis, the President also asked the Catholic Church and the country of Spain to apologize for the atrocities committed against indigenous peoples during the invasion of Mexico in the 16th century.
As early as March 2019, Mexico's President had written letters asking the King of Spain and the Pope to apologize for the Spanish conquest and subjugation of the indigenous peoples in the 16th century. It was an invasion during which the peoples were arbitrarily subjugated, said President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in a video message published on social networks.
He had the letters to Pope Francis and King Felipe VI. sent so that the grievances would be noticed and the peoples affected received an apology for the violation of human rights, said López Obrador.
"There was massacre and repression," says the video. The Spanish conquest took place with sword and cross. "They built their churches on top of the temples," said López Obrador, standing in front of the ruins of the Maya site of Comalcalco (Tabasco) in southern Mexico.
The time for reconciliation has come, said the president. "But first they need to apologize." He will also apologize for crimes against indigenous peoples and other minorities after Mexico gained independence from Spain.
He hopes that 2021 will be a year of "historic reconciliation".
The Spanish government as well as the Vatican have so far refused an apology. A return of the feather crown with reference to its "alleged fragility" continues to be refused.
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