The loan collection comes from the renowned Gold museum in Lima and is presented by the exhibition specialist EMS Exhibits for the first time in Vienna. “We are very proud to present part of the cultural patrimony of Peru and its history. The exhibition shows the remaining 90 most valuable treasures of the Incas and also results in cultures that lived thousands of years before the Inca.” explains Christoph Rahofer, CEO and President of EMS Exhibits, a division of Event Marketing Service in Vienna, Austria.
In dark mystical spaces accompanied by Peruvian highland music, the best findings from the Museo Oro de Perú, Lima, are presented. The exhibition presents cups made of solid gold, magical jewels, devilishly grinning masks, and plumes with realistic animal prints as well as cult-ceramic evidence of high craftsmanship. Single finds are unique copies of highest historical value, which are declared as world cultural heritage. Other exhibits are shown here the first time outside of Peru, for example the complete golden grave decoration of a sovereign. He still retrieves some secret, which can or should be discovered by the visitor. The heart of the exhibition is a death mask (appr. 900 AD), which was driven from a single piece of gold.
Not only was the Inca Empire the only one founded south of the equator, but their empire was the greatest wealth of gold, which led them to destruction. The Inca Gold was the symbol of the sun, beauty and gift of the gods without material value. For the Spanish conquerors against the gold meant wealth - a historical misunderstanding that led ultimately to the downfall of the mighty Inca Empire.
It is not only the gold which makes the exhibition interesting: An amazing adventure tour brings visitors with texts, short films, 3D projections of the mysterious Indian empire in the Andes, shows which errors the generals have failed to endure the hardships, and how much blood the Spanish conquerors shed for the gold. www.inkagold.at