A major exhibition featuring life-sized warriors carved from stone, mythical human-animal figures, intricate gold jewellery, fascinating drawings and a full-size 3D print of the calendar stone, all brought to life through unique stories, and based on the latest academic research.There are many stories about the 16th-century Aztecs that have no basis in fact. We now know much more about the daily lives of normal Aztecs, including their upbringing, education and trade links. The exhibition at Museum Volkenkunde will put the Aztec culture in a new perspective, showing the people behind the myth, and the artists behind the art.
In 2021 more than a million Mexicans still speak Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs. The exhibition will also introduce visitors to their present-day descendants.
The exhibition is an international collaboration involving several organisations, including the Museo Nacional de Antropologia in Mexico City. As a result, it will not only showcase the latest information and understanding, but also a large number of intriguing collection highlights, some of them on display outside Mexico for the very first time.