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Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon: Identities and Conquest in the Early, Colonial and Modern Periods at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon: Identities and Conquest in the Early, Colonial and Modern Periods at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
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Peru History at the MMFA Pre-Hispanic Colonial and Modern History: Kingdoms of the Sun and Moon at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Peru History at the MMFA Pre-Hispanic Colonial and Modern History

Mochica north coast, possibly La Mina
Forehead Ornament with Feline Head and Octopus Tentacles ending in Catfish Heads. 100-800 AD.
Gold, chrysocolla, shells, 28.5 x 41.4 x 4.5 cm. Lima, Museo de la Nacion. Photo Daniel Giannoni. Courtesy of MMFA

Peru myths and its pre-Hispanic, colonial, and modern history will be the focus of Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and Moon. Identities and Conquest in the Early, Colonial and Modern Periods organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) and curated by Victor Pimentel, the MMFA’s Curator of Pre-Columbian Art. On view at the MMFA from February 2 through June 16, 2013, more than 350 works of art spanning over 3,000 years, ranging from gold and silver ornaments, pottery, and textiles to paintings, sculpture, photographs, and works on paper, will include over 100 objects that have never before been exhibited outside of Peru. Following Montreal, the exhibition will travel to Seattle Art Museum from October 17, 2013 through January 5, 2014.

Representing the first time Peru Indigenismo art movement has been examined in depth outside of Peru, roughly 90 works on view illustrating the reconstruction of a national identity formed after Peru independence from Spain will include paintings by leading members José Sabogal, Camilo Blas, Julia Codesido, Leonor Vinatea Cantuarias, Enrique Camino Brent, and photographs by Martín Chambi, one of the first major indigenous Latin American photographers.

The exhibition also features a significant grouping of works from the era following the Spanish conquest (50 paintings, sculptures, etc. with roughly 20 from the Cuzco School).

Included among the over 100 Pre-Columbian treasures from the Mochica, Chimú, Lambayeque, and Inca cultures on view are archaeological discoveries made in recent decades such as a rare Mochica Forehead ornament (100 – 800 A.D.), repatriated in 2006, and exhibited for the first time outside of Peru since its return.

By establishing a dialogue between works from different periods and artistic disciplines, the exhibition will examine the important role symbolic imagery has played over time in the construction of Peru’s collective identity.

A great event, if you have the chance don’t miss this opportunity!

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts website

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