- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), in Los Angeles, California USA, will be exhibiting Children of the Plumed Serpent: the Legacy of Quetzalcoatl in Ancient Mexico until July 1, 2012. With over 200 objects ranging from manuscripts and textiles to gilded plates and jewelry, this show delineates the importance of the Quetzalcoatl myth to the Nahua, Mixtec, and Zapotec city-states and kingdoms of Pre-Columbian Mexico. This geographical area of southern Mexico was unique in retaining a separate cultural identity during the apogee of the Mayans and Aztecs. For more information, please be sure to read this review from the The Art Newspaper by clicking here.
- Museu Nacional d'Arte de Catalunya (MNAC), in Barcelona, Spain, is presenting Gods and Myths of Antiquity: The evidence from Hispanic Coins until March 17, 2013. This exhibition provides a unique perspective into the religious beliefs, customs, cults, and mythologies of Iberian peoples, from the 5th century BCE until the arrival of the Visigoths in the 5th century CE, through ancient coins. Special attention is given the religious beliefs of the indigenous populations of the Iberian Peninsula.
- The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, in Los Angeles, California USA, will show Ancient Chinese Bronze Mirrors from the Lloyd Cotsen Collection until May 14, 2012. Bronze technology was highly developed in China, and objects made from this alloy of copper, tin, and lead were considered luxury items as early as c. 2000 BCE. Some of the highlights include intricate mirrors from the Han dynasty ( 206 BCE-220 CE). This exhibition has received a great deal of coverage in California as it presents such a comprehensive collection of exquisitely crafted mirrors made of bronze for the first time.
- The Museum Rietberg, in Zürich, Switzerland, is currently showing Heroes -- A New Perspective on the Art of Africa until June 3, 2012. This exhibition has already traveled throughout North America and Europe, delighting museum-goers with the breadth of its scope and focus (ancient times until the 20th century CE). Challenging visitors to reevaluate previously held conceptions of African art, this show includes rare and fascinating objects like ancient Akan terracottas from Ghana.
James Blake Wiener
published on 02 April 2012
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