Art of the Incas
The latest major exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia, Gold and the Incas: Lost Worlds of Peru, is the first staging of Peruvian art in this country.
coming to NGA
Director of the National Gallery of Australia, Ron Radford said the exhibition will reveal the splendour of the ancient cultures of Peru, giving audiences the drama and beauty of the famous Incan Empire and its predecessors.
“Peruvian art made of gold, silver, turquoise, shell, textiles and ceramics, will enthral visitors to Gold and the Incas this summer and provide a totally new exhibition experience for Australians”, Mr Radford said.
He said for the first time ever, the Gallery was presenting three blockbuster exhibitions in one year to celebrate the Centenary of Canberra.
Acting ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr said the past two summer blockbusters, Renaissance and Toulouse-Lautrec, had resulted in an overall economic impact to the ACT of more than $112 million.
“The National Gallery of Australia’s track record in bringing visitors to Canberra over the previously quieter summer months speaks for itself and we look forward to Gold and the Incas attracting families, who also visit other national attractions,” Mr Barr said.
Gold and the Incas features more than 200 works of art, from intricate jewellery, elaborate embroidered and woven cloths to breathtakingly sophisticated ceramic sculptures and scintillating gold pieces made to decorate the nobility in life and in death.
Senior Curator of International Painting and Sculpture at the Gallery and curator of the exhibition, Christine Dixon said 10 private and public museums in Peru as well as the country’s National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History had lent some of their greatest treasures to the National Gallery of Australia.
The exhibition is staged to mark the 50th anniversary of Australian-Peruvian diplomatic relations and is organised in cooperation with the Peruvian Ministry of Culture. It will run at the National Gallery of Australia from 6 December until 21 April 2014 and will be shown in Canberra only.
SICÁN-LAMBAYEQUE culture North coast 750-1375 AD Tumi [Sacrificial knife]
gold, silver, chrysocolla, turquoise, lapis lazuli, spondylus; 27.5 x 10.3 cm
Museo Oro del Perú, Lima © Photograph Daniel Giannoni
Edition 378, 10 September 2013