16 Apr 2022
04 Sep 2022



A unique opportunity to discover an exceptional exhibition tracing 3,000 years of pre-Columbian civilizations, from their origins to the Incas, and the mysteries of Machu Picchu.
Masterpieces and symbolic objects, nearly 200 original pieces, brought together for the first time and some of which have never yet left Peru. A surprising and immersive staging will immerse the visitor, among other things, in the mysterious environment of the Incas, heirs to the ecological, technological, architectural and artistic successes of the civilizations of ancient Peru. The experience will also feature the first-ever Machu Picchu virtual reality expedition.
Presented by the World Heritage Exhibitions, Cityneon Holdings and the Larco Museum (Lima) with the participation of the Inkaterra Association and the support of the Ministry of Culture of Peru at the City of Architecture & Heritage, this exhibition is a real immersion in the universe of the societies of ancient Peru which shaped the great history of Andean civilization for more than 3,000 years. Beyond the remarkable ceramics, masks and adornments presented to the public, the exhibition offers innovative solutions to better exhibit and communicate the tangible and intangible heritage that Peru and its museums preserve.
Peru appears very early as a major historical center. From the earliest times, the Andean region, with its coastal and eastern foothills, presents itself as a diverse and plural world, where many small ethnic and political formations sometimes coexist peacefully but they are often in competition or conflict. Chavin, Nasca, Mochica, Tiahuanaco, Huari or Chimu, so many names that punctuate, over the centuries, the cultural continuity that asserts itself from the Andean highlands to the valleys spread throughout the deserts of the coast. Beyond this fragmentation, the diversity of backgrounds and languages ​​and the multiplicity of artistic styles, these societies have the same cultural base, resulting from a long history of contacts and exchanges. It is this general framework which is called "the civilization of ancient Peru".
The Incas are the heirs and integrate for the first time all the societies and their successes in the same political organization. Witnesses to a thousand-year-old cultural development, the material remains of the societies of pre-Hispanic Peru are far from having revealed all their secrets and there is little doubt that archaeological research will make it possible to better understand the fascinating and complex history of this cradle of civilization. . The period corresponding to the domination of the Incas is, on the other hand, the best known thanks to the writings of the Spanish chroniclers of the 16th century. The empire known as the "Four Directions" (Tahuantinsuyo) - much larger than present-day Peru, insofar as it overflowed very widely into today's Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia and Chile - marks the he cultural apogee of pre-Columbian Peru at the same time as the moment of its collapse linked to the arrival of the Spanish conquerors in 1532.
The Machu Picchu and the Treasures of Peru exhibition proposes to discover the beliefs and the great figures of the civilizations of ancient Peru through works of astonishing lyrical and creative reality.


General information

Cité de l'Architeture et du Patrimoine
1, place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre
75116 Paris