Saturday, August 17, 2013

"Lords of the Ancient Andes:" The Wari Exhibition

Before it departs, I wanted to check out the Wari exhibition at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth -- and I have. Also lucked out with "half-off Saturday." (The Kimbell has no general admission fee; tickets are needed only for special exhibits).  

Astonishing! A certain continuity in art and style jumps out, from then to now. But to backtrack. As the brochure observes: "More than 1,000 years ago, before the Incas, the Wari ruled Peru. WARI: Lords of the Ancient Andes, June 16-September 8, 2013." 

The Wari lasted for something like 500 years -- almost twice as long as the USA (thus far). Then something broke them up -- maybe catastrophic earthquake, war, pestilence, or a merger-combo much as we see in certain places around the world today. People are people, no matter what the epoch and no matter how talented! Things are gonna change. 

There have been exciting Wari-related archaeological breakthroughs even this summer. More, no doubt, will be revealed, and we'll have to rethink the grand scheme of things yet again. That's groovy, though. I love it! 

Today's Rune: Fertility.    

1 comment:

Charles Gramlich said...

Other than having heard the name, I know nothing of this population. Sounds like a fascinating exhibit.