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Home arrow ART arrow A journey to wonderland. At Palazzo Loredan, the Ligabue collection of pre-Columbian art
A journey to wonderland. At Palazzo Loredan, the Ligabue collection of pre-Columbian art
Written by Franca Lugato   
mercoledì, 14 marzo 2018

img_7590-b.jpgThe late Giancarlo Ligabue, entrepreneur and archaeologist, had been collecting pre-Columbian artefacts throughout his life. The Foundation bearing his name chose two hundred of these pieces to display in exhibition around Italy and now in Ligabue’s native Venice. An exhibition that appeals to everyone: children and adults, experts and non-, families, schools, so that they may discover enchanting, amazing testimonies of ancient cultures.

 

To visit Il mondo che non c’era (The World That Wasn’t) means to immerse and breathe the unbelievable wealth of autochthonous cultures that prospered over what was not known to the Europeans, and what has later been called the Western Indies. Not only the famous Maya, Aztec, and Incas, but also the lesser known Olmecs, Tairona, Chavin, Moche, and many others.

 

The quality of these pieces is really incredible: statuettes, masks, idols, vases are complemented with an educational apparatus, photographic enlargements, and 3D renderings. Allow us to share an enlightening quote of Albrecht Dürer upon seeing Moctezuma’s gifts to Cortes: “all kinds of wondrous objects of various sizes … All the days of my life I have seen nothing that gladdened my heart so much.”

 

«Il mondo che non c’era»
Until 30 June 2018

Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti, Palazzo Loredan - Venice
www.ilmondochenoncera.it