The “conquista” of Peru (1520-1541) is showed through the experience of two men: the Inca Atahualpa and conquistador Francisco Pizarro, this is the result on how we named it: “The Inca and the conquistador” exhibition at the Musee du Quai Branly.
An exceptional selection of rare objects, fine maps and engravings can be found at the Quai Branly museum, which retraces an essential period of the history of South America.
The fates of the the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro and the Inca Atahualpa, symbolizes the meeting of the two worlds who were committed to conquer their own territories at the same time, is the theme of this exhibition.
© Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Antropología e Historia del Perú, Lima
In the 1520’s, Charles I Spanish’s empire and its great hunger for gold and conquests, continues to explore the South American coasts and the Pacific Ocean that started 10 years earlier. At the same time on the Amerindian coast, the greatest Inca empire ever known – Tawantinsuyu, “the empire of four quarters” – is expanding under the reign of Huayna Capac. The dynastic crisis provoked by Capac’s death brings his son Atahualpa to power. This coincides with the arrival on Peruvian soil of Francisco Pizarro and his conquistadors.
Through Spanish and indigenous stories of the conquest, illustrating the parallel lives and conflicts of these two main characters, the exhibition examines the key events in the history of the South American continent. Presented in the form of a dialogue, the Inca and Hispanic objects, paintings, maps and engravings of the period highlight the clash between two radical different worlds and their profound political, economic, cultural and religious revolution.
© musée du quai Branly, photo Thierry Ollivier, Michel Urtado
This exhibition takes us from the year 1520 to the year 1541, year of the assassination of Pizarro in Lima by the friends of his adversary Diego de Almagro, who actually had ordered to get him eliminated.
You can attend a parade of traditional costumes of Peru, usually worn at carnivals and festivals. The parade is followed by a presentation of three regional dances to the music of Ariel Wizman by Mercedes Suarez, founder of ballet dances Peru Andino. 20h to 20h30
at the Claude Lévi-Strauss Theatre.
© Xavier Castillo
Dates and times: From 23 June to 20 September 2015
Musée du quai Branly
37 quai Branly
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Normal rate : 9.00 €
Reduced rate : 7.00 €
Free admission (see conditions on event website)