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NAZCA. DIVINE DRAWINGS

Archaeological Discoveries from the Peruvian Desert

10 May to 16 September 2018

In the southern Peruvian desert, one of the biggest archaeological mysteries is waiting to be solved: the giant geoglyphs of the Nazca culture of ca. 200 BC – 650 AD.
There has been endless speculation about the meaning of the Nazca Lines. But it was not until recently that archaeological research has provided clues to the worldview and culture of the Nazca.
The exhibition takes visitors on a fascinating journey into the mysterious southern Peru of the Nazca period. It invites them to marvel at rich funerary gifts from vast burial complexes, images of strange flying beings – half human, half animal – on colourful ceramic vessels and the most stunningly beautiful archaeological textile finds. Many of the exhibits have never been shown outside Peru. The geoglyphs, some of which extend over several kilometres on the arid plateau between the towns of Nazca and Palpa, are presented in modern multimedia installations.

Admission tickets

Online ticket with a public transport ticket

€10/ €6.50 (concessions), Family ticket €16

School groups enjoy free admission to the exhibition on Fridays (booking necessary)
Happy-Hour-Ticket: 7 € (available two hours before the museum closes; individual visitors only, all exhibitions.) Combined ticket for all exhibitions available. More information

Photographing

Visitors may take photographs (without flash) in this exhibition. Share them on social media and use the official hashtags.

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Illustrations
  1. Textile fragment with a flying priest, Early Nazca phase (Phase 1), 200 BC - AD 50© Museo de Arte de Lima, Prado family estate, restored with the support of Kimberly & ClarkTextile fragment with a flying priest, Early Nazca phase (Phase 1), 200 BC - AD 50 © Museo de Arte de Lima, Prado family estate, restored with the support of Kimberly & Clark
  2. Procession scene made of clay (detail), late Nazca phase (Phase 7), AD 450–650© Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Antropología e Historia del Perú, Ministerio de Cultura del PerúProcession scene made of clay (detail), late Nazca phase (Phase 7), AD 450–650 © Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Antropología e Historia del Perú, Ministerio de Cultura del Perú
  3. Gold facial ornament of a Nazca priest (detail), c. 250–450 AD© Museo de Arte de Lima, MALIGold facial ornament of a Nazca priest (detail), c. 250–450 AD © Museo de Arte de Lima, MALI

Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Museumsmeile Bonn
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4
53113 Bonn
T +49 228 9171–200

Opening hours

Mondays closed
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Thursdays–Sundays, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
(including public holidays even those which fall on Mondays)

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