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The Olmecs and the Civilizations of the Gulf of Mexico Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac

Oct 9, 2020 — Oct 3, 2021

It might be a while before you get to take a once-in-a-lifetime trip to soak up the history and cultures of Mexico. Luckily, the Musée du quai Branly is bringing a mysterious Mesoamerican civilization to you through its latest exhibition, The Olmecs and the Civilizations of the Gulf of Mexico.

Take this foray into pre-Columbian culture, and embark on a journey of discovery through...

It might be a while before you get to take a once-in-a-lifetime trip to soak up the history and cultures of Mexico. Luckily, the Musée du quai Branly is bringing a mysterious Mesoamerican civilization to you through its latest exhibition, The Olmecs and the Civilizations of the Gulf of Mexico.

Take this foray into pre-Columbian culture, and embark on a journey of discovery through over three millennia of ancient history, following the little-known timeline of Mexico's first major civilization.

A long-forgotten culture until its rediscovery in the second half of the 19th century, the Olmec civilization was artistic in character, a trait spotlighted across 300 surviving artifacts. Many on show here are being enjoyed outside Mexico for the first time.

Delve into the complexity and diversity of Olmec tradition – its language, art, and politics – from its rise around 1500 BCE, through its heyday, and to its subsequent demise around 400 BCE.

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Suspended on a series of pillars, the Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac features a vertical garden on the Seine side and enormous multicolored blocks on another. And once inside the grounds, the horizontal garden is full of birds and plants, walkways and paths.

Inside the museum, it's an anthropological journey around the world via art and artifacts. The permanent collection reaches back as far as the Neolithic period, and spans Oceania, Asia, Africa and the America.

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