Peru museum unites artists from different cultures

25th Apr 2013

Peru is famed for its fabulous trekking holidays with its diverse landscapes but it also boasts a prestigious art museum in its capital which trekkers could take in on their city breaks.

The Museum of Art in Lima (MALI) keeps one of the South American country's widest art collections, exhibiting Peruvian art from ancient times to the current day.

The museum's myriad rooms are arranged by themes, with several galleries featuring the crafts of pre-Columbian peoples.

The permanent collection comprises representative works by Peru's dominant historical cultures.

These include the Moche, Vicus, Nazca, Chimú, Chancay, and Ica-Chinca.

Each exhibit unearths characteristics unique to each culture and notes developments in technologies, processes, customs and art forms.

Trophy heads, statues, ceramics and textiles, and decorative and ceremonial objects are among the historical pieces on display.

The museum contrasts these with rooms specialising in modern and contemporary exhibits, starting in the 1940s.

The decade saw the country's first modern art, and the museum includes pieces by Peruvian artists working in styles such as abstract, postmodern, and pop art, and paintings by masters such as Macedonio de la Torre, Jorge Eduardo Eielson and Fernando de Szyszlo, thought to be the father of Peru's abstract movement.

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