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Teotihuacan. City of the Gods. CaixaForum Barcelona
Barcelona, 31 March 2011
For eight hundred years (from the 2nd century BC to the 7th AD), Teotihuacan was the cultural, political and religious centre of a powerful civilisation. Lying 45 kilometres from Mexico City, the city, which rose to become the sixth-largest in the world in its day, is now an archaeological wonder of the world, catalogued as World Heritage by UNESCO.
The exhibition that ”la Caixa” Foundation now presents at CaixaForum Barcelona, entitled Teotihuacan, City of the Gods, is the most complete ever devoted to Teotihuacan culture. The show features some 400 pieces, including many masterpieces unearthed in this pre-Hispanic city over a century of archaeological excavations. The objects featured, which include some very large pieces, show extraordinary refinement and a cosmopolitan spirit that was open to the most important cultures in Central America at the time. Visitors will discover this great city through exhibits illustrating the most outstanding facets of Teotihuacan culture: ideology, power, art, society, religion, war, traditions, everyday life and, needless to say, the influence on other pre-Hispanic civilisations.
Teotihuacan, City of the Gods, which is organised by the Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History, is presented at CaixaForum Barcelona as part of a world tour that has taken the show to several other European cities, including Paris, Berlin and Rome, attracting over 350,000 visitors.
Teotihuacan, City of the Gods will be on show to the public at CaixaForum Barcelona (Av. de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8) from 1 April to 19 June 2011. It will later travel to CaixaForum Madrid, where it will open in July. The exhibition was curated by the archaeologist Felipe Solís, who died in 2009, whilst its scientific director is Miguel A. Báez.
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