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12.04.2016 till 07.08.2016
The Maya are one of the oldest cultures in the world. This exhibition is all about the magnificent artistic forms of expression of the Maya. With a collection of around 300 works of art, including many Mexican national treasures, it displays the fundamental aspects of pre-Hispanic art: the body and the physique are central to this exhibition. The Maya present their vision of life using various materials and techniques from their daily life, splendid buildings and works of art. They describe their relationship with gods, their everyday existence, their literature, their astronomy, their music and their dances. What often dominates these works is an idealised notion of humanity, which the Maya retained not only in their conception of humans and the ideal of beauty, but also in the location of mankind in the cosmos.
ORGANIZER Berliner Festspiele / Martin-Gropius-Bau. Enabled by the Capital Cultural Fund Berlin. An exhibition from the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH), Mexico. Promoted by the State Department of the United Mexican States and the Mexican Embassy in Berlin.
PARTNERS Wall, VisitBerlin, Alexa, Dussmann, Yorck, Bouvet Ladubay, KaDeWe
MEDIA PARTNERS RBB TV, Kulturradio, Tagesspiegel, GGeschichte, Business & Diplomacy and Antike Welt, Radio Teddy