INCA - Kings of the Andes (12 Oct 13 - 16 March 14)


The Inca Empire of the 15th and 16th century was the largest indigenous empire ever created on American soil. With Cusco and Machu Picchu in Peru as the centres of power, it stretched almost 5000 km along the Andes of Columbia to Chile. The exhibition in co-operation with Lokschuppen Rosenheim is the first to be fully devoted to this magnificent culture.

The exhibition follows the evolution of the legendary pre-Hispanic culture, from its origins in the mid 11th century, right up to colonial times. The exhibition focuses on the imperial phase. Inca Viracocha, Pachacutec Yupanqui and Topa Inca Yupanqui were not only responsible for creating the Inca Empire, but also for building Cusco, Machu Picchu and other world-famous sites.

Colourful and richly patterned textiles from Inca and colonial times, valuable and extremely rare stone offering bowls, gold jewellery, knotted braids and reconstructions of archaeological sites give visitors a varied impression. They explain the background, religion, architecture, economy and balance of power of the Inca Empire. Paintings, wooden cups and textiles from the colonial times are testament to subsequent mixed culture, which was dominated by strong European influences.

This is the first time that the majority of the pieces have been exhibited in Europe.

Lenders include:
Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Antropología e Historia del Perú, Museo Larco Lima, British Museum London, Museo de América Madrid, Ethnologisches Museum Berlin, Linden-Museum Stuttgart, Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde München, Münchner Stadtmuseum, Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg, Världskulturmuseet Göteborg, Museum der Kulturen Basel, Museum an de Stroom Antwerpen, Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum Hannover, Staatliche Münzsammlung München, Bonner Altamerika-Sammlung der Universität Bonn, private collectors.

Catalogue: available in our online shop

Tribus Special Edition "Perspectives on the Inca"

Lectures of the International Symposium from March 3rd to March 5th, 2014, in cooperation with University of Bonn, Department of Anthropology of the Americas, sponsored by Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung
Book order (online shop) / free download (pdf)

Exhition in cooperation with Veranstaltungs+Kongress GmbH Rosenheim im Ausstellungszentrum Lokschuppen Rosenheim

Patronage: Joachim Gauck, Federal President

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