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November 27th, 2019 — September 30th, 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 September 30, 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.

Activity booklet for families
The activity booklet for families is an entertaining complement to the exhibition, giving your children a chance to have some fun and further their learning throughout their visit! Please note that due to health measures currently in effect, the activity booklet for families will not be handed out at the Museum. We encourage you to download it and print it before your visit.

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



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