Temporary exhibition
November 27th, 2019 — April 13th, 2020

The Incas, Treasures of Peru

Collection P. & D. Janssen-Arts, L’Agence des Arts et du Patrimoine de la communauté flamande et le MAS, Antwerpen. Photo: Hugo Maertens / Linden-Museum Stuttgart. Photo: D. Drasdow

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The Incas, Treasures of Peru
November 27, 2019 to April 13, 2020

With its aura of mystery, the Inca civilization evokes a world of dreams… But what do we really know about them? To uncover the secrets of the Inca Empire, its origins and its legacy, and to showcase its highly refined artistic practices, Pointe-à-Callière presents the exhibition The Incas, Treasures of Peru. From prehistory to the contemporary era, the Museum invites the public to explore the captivating world of ancient cultures of Peru through the Inca civilization, who were at once the heirs and bequeathers of some of the most fertile customs and exquisite craftsmanship in the world.

In addition to admiring the beauty and unique fauna and flora of the Andean territory, the exhibition will let you discover the rites and many skills in agriculture, ceramics, metallurgy, sculpture and weaving of different pre-Inca civilizations that all had a major influence on Inca culture. Then, at the heart of the exhibition, discover the splendour of the Incas, their social organization, and their incredible artistic achievements.

Una exposición digna de reyes: los tesoros incas en Montreal [...] Toda la presentación significa una oportunidad imperdible para todos los visitantes de conocer un poco más sobre el bagaje histórico de nuestros países en el continente.

“An exhibition worthy of kings: Inca treasures in Montréal [...] A not-to-be-missed opportunity for visitors from around the world to learn more about the history of Spanish-speaking countries on the American continent”, free translation of a quote from Montréal Hispano

Photo: Caroline Thibault
Photo: Caroline Thibault
Photo: Caroline Thibault

Admire 300 objects like gold and silver work along with ornaments and jewelry, vases, funerary masks and ritual objects, clothing and accessories, and magnificent feather and textile pieces with inspiring motifs that come from major European collections. This is a unique opportunity to get the full experience of the Incas’ immense cultural heritage. Textile and feather ornaments were very valuable in the Inca world, even more so than gold, and were also used as offerings to the gods. The motifs indicated the social rank of the person who possessed them.

Thanks to museography that thrusts you into a meaningful world, you can admire these objects in context and get an immersive experience that engages your senses and emotions. Whether through projections or videos representing a cotton field, mural paintings of the Huaca La Luna, architectural elements that recall an Inca city, or a contemporary market, you will get the full experience of the Incas’ immense cultural heritage.

Lectures and family activities celebrating Inca culture
During the run of The Incas, Treasures of Peru, Pointe-à-Callière will be presenting a range of activities for families and adults this fall and winter.

Family Activities
The Holidays under the Peruvian sun
January 2 to 5, 2020, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Experience Spring Break at Pointe-à-Callière
From February 29 to March 7, 2020

Activity booklet for families The Museum is offering a free activity booklet, adding to your children’s fun and knowledge throughout their tour of the exhibition! Ask for it at the front desk.

Free lectures at Pointe-à-Callière
The Incas: from their origins to the Spanish Conquest
By Victor Pimentel, archaeologist specialized in the study of Andean civilizations
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Warps and wefts: About textiles and weavers from the Inca Empire
By France-Éliane Dumais, textile restorer at the Centre de conservation du Québec
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Beyond the Nazca Lines
By Hendrik Van Gijseghem, archaeologist at Pointe-à-Callière
Saturday, February 8, 2020

Inca-themed products in the museum shop
During the exhibition, Peru will be featured at the museum shop, which will be offering many alpaca-wool items, Christmas decorations made by Peruvian artisans, books on Inca culture, and Peruvian-style pottery and jewelry.

An exhibition by Pointe-à-Callière, in partnership with the Art and History Museum, Brussels.



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