The secrets of Teotihuacan in LA

The exhibition presents the recent findings made at the archeological site of Teotihuacan

The secrets of Teotihuacan in LA
Photo: Courtesy of LACMA
English 04/04/2018 12:10 EFE Actualizada 12:15

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The exhibition “City and Cosmos: The Arts of Teotihuacan” which opened last week at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents the latest findings on this ancient Mesoamerican city.

The exhibition, running until July 15, includes almost 200 artifacts ranging from monumental sculptures made of volcanic rock to colorful mural paintings and small pieces made of precious stones – many of which had never been displayed in the United States before.

The chief curator of the exhibition, Matthew Robb, was in charge of selecting the artifacts for the exhibition, a task that took him five years. After being displayed in Los Angeles, the exhibition is expected to be taken to other U.S. and Mexican cities as well.

“There are many objects being displayed for the first time because they are the result of recent researches,” said Diego Prieto, General Director of the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico (INAH).

The exhibition explores Teotihuacan as a cohesive civic unit and how the artifacts being displayed were used to celebrate the foundation of the city and their link to vital elements, such as fire and water.

The exhibition contains the recent findings of Tlalocan – the name given to an underground offering site –, a simulation of the underworld discovered by a team of Mexican archeologists led by Sergio Gómez in 2003.

The other sections of the exhibition cover artistic expressions and deities.