October 12 2013 - March 16 2014

The Great State Exhibition in cooperation with the exhibition center Lokschuppen Rosenheim is 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.

Follow in the footsteps of the legendary pre-Hispanic Inca culture from its beginnings in the mid-11th century to the colonial era. The exhibition focuses 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 vast empire.

Follow the famous Inca rulers Viracocha, Pachacutec Yupanqui and Tupac Inca Yupanqui on their conquests. They are considered not only the founders of the Inca Empire, but also the builders of Cusco, Machu Picchu and other places known worldwide.

A large part of the objects can be seen for the first time in Europe: 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 Inca under Spanish rule is evidenced by paintings, ritual cups and textiles from the colonial period.

The exhibition brings 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 Antwerpen, Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum Hannover, Staatliche Münzsammlung München, Bonner Altamerika-Sammlung der Universität Bonn, and private lenders.

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

A comprehensive catalog has been published for the exhibition, which you can order in our online store.
Link to the catalog in the online store

Additionally available is the Tribus special volume “Perspectives on the Inca,” which contains contributions from the International Symposium (March 3-5, 2014) held in cooperation with the University of Bonn, Department of Ancient American Studies, and with funding from the Ernst von Siemens Art Foundation.
Link: Order to the tape in the online store

 free download (pdf)

Organizer of the exhibition:
Linden-Museum Stuttgart in cooperation with Veranstaltungs+Kongress GmbH in the exhibition center Lokschuppen Rosenheim

With the kind support of: State of Baden-Württtemberg, Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung, PromPerú, Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Baden-Württtemberg, Arbeitsgemeinschaft LateinAmerika, Ilg-Außenwerbung GmbH

Media Partners: National Geographic, G/Geschichte
Mobility partner: Deutsche Bahn

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In cooperation with:
Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, China Center Tübingen, HFT Stuttgart

With kind support:

Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Karl Schlecht Stiftung, Tübinger Vereinigung für Volkskunde e.V., Universitätsbund Tübingen e. V., Stiftung Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, Netzwerk transformierender Lehre in Baden-Württemberg, Verein Freunde Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart