The Boca Raton Art Museum exhibits cultural artifacts, gold collections, and artefacts from the Inca city of Machu Picchu. Organizers say many artifacts from the ancient kingdom of Peru will be on display for the first time.
Anthony Tann, chair of the museum’s World Heritage exhibits, explains that the organizers spent six years working on the multisensory exhibit alongside the Peruvian government and other leaders.
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Tann says the arts community is adjusting to the renewed interest in in-person events during the pandemic, including raising awareness among the region’s large Peruvian population.
Ulla Holmquist, of Peruvian and Danish descent, is co-curator of the exhibition, which opens on October 16.
She said the world premiere of “Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru” is a total immersion experience, featuring virtual reality and other sights and sounds for people who have not visited Machu Picchu. The site, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, lasted nearly 600 years. The museum exhibit includes around 192 artefacts.
Holmquist said visitors will have the opportunity to understand how the ancient Incas lived and created these objects, some of which date back 3,000 years.
“[They] lived there and created all these wonderful objects that were part of their material culture in order to mold their beliefs, the objects that were used in rituals, how they understood to be in this world – the forces of the upper world, the forces of nature, Underworld forces and how they interacted because we humans live here and now, âsaid Holmquist.
She said the artifacts send a universal message about civilization.
âIt will not only be understandable but enjoyable for everyone,â said Holmquist. “You don’t have to be Peruvian. You don’t have to be Latin American. It really is a human experience. An experience of being in this world.”