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National Museum of Anthropology is preparing for “Teotihuacan, City of Gods”

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INAH, Mexico City, April 03, 2009. After the acceptance that “Czars. Art and Culture of the Russian Empire” had, receiving 300,460 visits, the National Museum of Anthropology (MNA) is preparing to welcome “Teotihuacan, City of Gods”, the international exhibition lodged until January 2009 at Nave Lewis precinct in Parque Fundidora, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. Czars’ exhibition, conformed of State Hermitage Museum collections, represents a success in several aspects, outstanding the visit design that allowed in only 550 persons each time.

From May 18th 2009 public will have the chance to learn about the archaeological zone that began being explored 100 years ago, through the exhibition of 425 lots of findings from Teotihuacan, city that was the sixth largest in the world in its time (150 BC – 650 AD). The exhibition will be displayed in a 3,500 square meters at the National Museum of Anthropology (MNA), surface similar to the one occupied at Nave Lewis. The space at MNA is being adapted to lodge safely the Teotihuacan archaeological collections. The exhibition will be open at MNA until August 2009 to continue traveling through different sites in Europe: Quai Branly Museum, Paris, France; Rietberg Museum, Zurich, Switzerland, and Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany, as well as Spain Italy, Denmark and Sweden between 2011 and 2012.

According to Felipe Solis Olguin, MNA director, “Teotihuacan, City of Gods is the most important, rich and innovative exhibition” among those about the great metropolis that extended over 20 square kilometers and lodged 100,000 inhabitants. Organized by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), most of the pieces in exhibition are part of the MNA heap (303), while others come from Teotihuacan Site Museum and Archaeological Zone. Institutions that lent pieces from there collections are the museums Diego Rivera Anahuacalli and Templo Mayor (Mexico City), Amparo (Puebla), Mexican History (Monterrey), Veracruzana University Anthropology, Michoacan and Yucatan Regional museums, and Fuerte de Campeche, as well as Televisa Foundation and Estado de Mexico Culture Institute.

The exhibition complemented with multimedia effects is the result of investigations since 17th century, by Carlos de Sigüenza y Gongora until 21st century, conducted by INAH researchers. The icons that open and close “Teotihuacan, City of Gods” are the Xalla Great Jaguar, a sculptural façade discovered recently that conserves great part of its colors, and the piece known as Disc of Death, a stone sculpture allusive to the mysterious end of this culture.

Other outstanding pieces are part of the Moon Pyramid Project explorations from 1998 to 2004: figurines, pendants and spherical beads part of offerings associated to sacrifices presented to consecrate the different constructive stages of this monument.

Source: INAH

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