Los Angeles County Museum of Art Supports Mexico City Chapultepec Castle Exhibit
Mexican and Peruvian Colonial-era artifacts have recently gone on display in Mexico City’s Chapultepec Castle. The exhibition features 170 pieces including paintings, sculptures and textiles from the 15-19th centuries. "Contested Visions in the Spanish Colonial World" is a joint project by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History. The intention behind the exhibit is so visitors can compare and see how the two cultures are different.
“There are parallels between the way that both places were governed,” says Ilona Katzew of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, “but the differences between the objects are notable. Each has its own personality and we hope that visitors can discover that during their visit.”
“There’s no relationship between the indigenous people of Mesoamerica and those of the Andes,” says Salvador Rueda of the National Museum of History in Chapultepec Castle, “They are two distinct civilizations. Often times you had two distinct vice-royalties; the vice-royalty of Peru was the most important of the Spanish empire. Later, in the 18th century, the vice-royalty of ‘New Spain’ became the most important. They’re two distinct kingdoms with different customs.”
The exhibit will be on display in Mexico City until October 7, 2012.