The culture of the Incas and their ancestors and international urban art will be the exhibition themes at the Völklinger Hütte World Heritage Site in 2017. As the UrbanArt Biennale® 2017 will focus on South American urban art, this year sees the Völklinger Hütte World Heritage Site devote special attention to South American culture in its exhibitions.
Featuring 180 exhibits, “The Incas: Gold. Power. God.” (May 6 to November 26, 2017) provides insights into the fascinating civilizations of the Inca and pre-Inca periods and explores their collision with 16th-century European culture. The key exhibits come from the Larco Museum in Lima and Cusco, which owns the world’s largest private collection of ancient Peruvian art. These objects are both valuable sources of historical information and artistic masterpieces. As one of the exhibition’s key themes is Francisco Pizarro and the Spanish conquest of South America, it also includes loaned works from outstanding European museums and collections.
The UrbanArt Biennale® at the Völklinger Hütte World Heritage Site is the largest urban art exhibition in the world. During the biennale, which takes place every two years, the European Center for Art and Industrial Culture exhibits the latest artistic developments and movements to have emerged from graffiti. In exploring global urban art from all continents, the UrbanArt Biennale® at the Völklinger Hütte World Heritage Site offers a perspective that goes far beyond the European and American context. As well as placing a spotlight on South American urban art, the UrbanArt Biennale® 2017 (April 9 to November 5, 2017) will focus on “interventional urban art” – in other words, projects that actively encroach into urban spaces in order to transform them into art.
The Völklinger Hütte World Heritage Site is the world’s only fully intact ironworks dating back to the high point of the industrial age.
ITB press conference: 10 a.m. on Friday, March 10, 2017
Culture Lounge, Hall 16, ITB Berlin
PS: Come visit us at Stand 202 in Hall 8.2 (Saarland)