Inca – Kings of the Andes

October 12 2013 until March 16 2014

The Baden-Württemberg State Exhibition in cooperation with the exhibition center Lokschuppen Rosenheim was the first show on Inca culture in Europe. The Inca Empire was the largest indigenous empire ever created on American soil. With Cusco in Peru as its center of power, it stretched for nearly 5,000 km along the Andes from Colombia to Chile.

The exhibition showed traces of the legendary pre-Hispanic Inca culture from its beginnings in the middle of the 11th century to the colonial era. The focus was on the life of the Inca nobles in Cusco, the architecture, the imperial religion with the Temple of the Sun, war, agriculture and, last but not least, the administration of the huge empire. The famous Inca rulers Viracocha, Pachacutec Yupanqui and Tupac Inca Yupanqui are not only regarded as the founders of the Inca empire, but also as the builders of Cusco, Machu Picchu and other world-famous places.

Many of the objects were on display in Europe for the first time: colorful and richly patterned textiles from the Inca and colonial periods, valuable and very rare stone sacrificial bowls, gold jewelry, knotted cords and reconstructions of archaeological sites. They explain religion, architecture, economy and power relations of the Inca Empire. The continuing influence of the Incas under Spanish rule is evidenced by paintings, ritual cups and textiles from the colonial period.

The exhibition brought together objects from the following museums and collections: Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Antropología e Historia del Perú, Museo Larco Lima, British Museum London, Museo de América Madrid, Ethnologisches Museum Berlin, Linden-Museum Stuttgart, Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde München, Münchner Stadtmuseum, Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg, Världskulturmuseet Göteborg, Museum der Kulturen Basel, Museum an de Stroom Antwerp, Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum Hannover, Staatliche Münzsammlung München, Bonner Altamerika-Sammlung der Universität Bonn and private lenders.

The exhibition was under the patronage of German Federal President Joachim Gauck. It was subsequently presented at the Lokschuppen Rosenheim exhibition center from 11 April to 23 November 2014.

With the kind support of:

State of Baden-Württtemberg, Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung, PromPerú, Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Baden-Württtemberg, Arbeitsgemeinschaft LateinAmerika, Ilg-Außenwerbung GmbH

Media partner:
National Geographic, G/Geschichte

Mobility Partner:
Deutsche Bahn