This offering is dedicated to María Félix, a Mexican actress born in Alamos, Sonora. Of a strong character, she is considered one of the most important female figures of Mexican Cinema's Golden Age, and one of the most beautiful actresses of her time. She appeared in 47 films with artists such as Dolores de Río, Pedro Armendáriz, Rossano Brazzi, George Marshall, Yves Montand, Gérard Philipe, Vittorio Gassman, Curt Jurgens, Fernando Rey, Jack Palace, Jorge Mistral, among others. She was known as «La Doña» (The Madame), after her role in the 1943 film, "Doña Bárbara."

The altar can be found in the arcade just outside the Museum entrance.


Mingei International Museum has also loaned several objects for a Día de los Muertos exhibition at California Center for the Arts, Escondido

October 3 - November 9

Celebrate Mexico’s colorful holiday Día de los Muertos at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido museum exhibition, Colores de La Muerte! Enjoy this culturally-rich exhibition featuring the Tren de la Historia, a series of narrative sculptures; 36 Día de los Muertos-inspired skeleton figures from the Mingei International Museum and a monumental altar installation honoring the Mexican author, Octavio Paz.


On View: Oct 24, 2014 - Nov 30, 2014

More Exhibitions


Arline Fisch

One of a Kind

Featuring jewelry, body ornaments and a collection of knitted and crocheted wire hanging flowers and sea creatures by internationally-renowned artist, Arline Fisch.

June 17, 2017 - January 7, 2018


Indonesian Shadow Puppets

An intimate exhibition in the Museum’s Theater Gallery featuring a selection of shadow puppets from Indonesia.

July 19, 2017 - March 18, 2018


Art of the Americas

Pre-Columbian Art from Mingei's Collection

Part of the Getty Center-led initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, this exhibition offers the most comprehensive presentation to date of the Museum’s significant holdings of objects used by people from the ancient cultures of Mexico, Central and South America.

September 16, 2017 - February 18, 2018



Recycled and Embroidered Textiles of Bengal

Featuring approximately 40 kantha (decorative stitched quilting made from recycled sari) from the Museum's permanent collection.

October 28, 2017 - March 25, 2018


Weaving a Path

Navajo Women and the Feminine Ethos

December 9, 2017 - May 20, 2018