I’m looking forward to visiting this exhibition:
Moche Art from Ancient Peru. Gold, Myths and Rituals. Organised and produced by: ”la Caixa” Foundation, in cooperation with the Larco Museum of Lima (Peru). Curator: Ulla Holmquist, curator at the Larco Museum. Place: CaixaForum Madrid (Paseo del Prado, 36). Dates: from 3 July to 4 October 2015. This exhibition has been previously on view for the first time at CaixaForum Barcelona (Av. de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8), from 5 March to 7 June 2015.
Between the years 200 and 850 AD, a series of chiefdoms and kingdoms of great cultural complexity emerged in the valleys and deserts of what is now the northern coastline of Peru. Moche societies represent a truly singular example of cultural, economic and political development centuries before Inca expansion began. The first state societies in the southern hemisphere, they invented some of the most advanced metalwork and pottery-making processes in the world, as well as building veritable adobe mountains for their religious practices. And with all this, their population and production capacity increased enormously. Through 200 Moche artworks from the Larco Museum in Lima (Peru), the exhibition explores how the cultures that emerged in what is now Peru before Inca domination understood the world and organised their societies. The works featured include ceramics, jewellery and ceremonial objects made in precious metals, textiles, and ritual objects made from wood, stone, shell and bone. (Source: Press release Moche Art from Ancient Peru. CaixaForum Barcelona).
(Picture source: Wikipedia Larco Museum. Mochica Headdress from the Gold and Silver Gallery)