Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon


January 25, 2013 ─ Intrigued by the doomsday prophecies associated with the Mayan calendar, the world’s attention was drawn to this ancient South America civilization for much of the past year. Now that the sun has risen on a new year, the light is shining on another of this continent’s great cultures.

Making its world premiere at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and Moon invites us to explore the pre-Hispanic, colonial and modern history of Peru, the cradle of Andean civilization. The exhibition is testament to how the power of images has influenced the history of this land and shaped its peoples.

History through Art

Conceptualized, organized, produced and toured by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and Moon tells the story of this nation through an extensive collection of more than 350 works of art. Covering roughly 3,000 years of history—including archaeological discoveries from recent decades— the exhibition features pre-Columbian treasures, masterpieces from the colonial era, as well as important works from the current Indigenist period. Almost one third of the exhibition’s paintings, sculptures, ornaments, pottery, photographs and other works have never before been seen outside of Peru.

From Colony to Nation
This exhibition tells the story of this great culture in four parts. First, the introduction explains the key role of archaeology in re-writing the national history, beginning with the discovery of Machu Picchu in 1911. The exhibition closes with a focus on the rediscovery of Peruvian culture in the 20th  century and the revalorization of ancient symbols of identity in its contemporary iconography.

Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and Moon: Identities and Conquest in the Early, Colonial and Modern Periods will be at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from February 2 to June 16, 2013.