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Events, July 23, 2002 - October 13, 2002

Journey to the Country of Gods Mexico. Monuments of the Past

On 23 July, 2002, an exhibition will open in two grand halls of the Winter Palace, Nicholas Hall and Anteroom, dedicated to the art of Mesoamerica, an area covering most of Mexico and Central America.

The show will include over 270 exhibits from 16 museums of Mexico including the country's largest National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City.

The exhibition is organized jointly with the Mexican Ministry of Culture and Nieuwe Kerk Foundation (Amsterdam), in cooperation with CONACULTA-INAH, with the support of the Embassy of the United Mexican States in the Russian Federation and the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the United Mexican States and the companies AON Artscope, Fortis Bank, Buhrmann, Nederlandse Spoorwegen, KPMG, Getronics and Stichting DOEN. In March 2002 the exhibition was showed in Nieuwe Kerk International Exhibition Center.

Alongside exhibits loaned by Mexican museums, the Russian version of the show will include 9 artifacts from the Hermitage collection including the world famous masterpiece, Aztec golden breast decoration in the form of an eagle warrior, also known as the "Aztec Bell".

The exhibition will show ceramic, stone and golden works created from the 2nd millenium BC to 1521 (conquest of Mexico by Hernan Cortes) by the civilizations of Olmecs, Mayas, Aztecs, Totonacs, Mishtecs, Sapotecs and West Mexican peoples.

Unlike the traditional organization of exhibitions of this kind according to ages, cultures and regions, materials of the exhibition Journey to the Country of Gods. Mexico. Monuments of the Past are divided into the sections: Gods, Rituals, Ball Play (ending in loser's execution), Rulers, Everyday Life, Animals and Plants, etc. This system of organization reveals the kinship of the cultures of Mexico and Central America.

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