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  • Reinstallation of KAM's ancient Andean art collection will show artistic exchange between cultures

    Photo of a tree made from textiles with a figure at the top, birds in the branches and four figures sitting beside its base.

    Krannert Art Museum is researching its ancient Andean art collection in preparation for a major reinstallation. In addition to objects from major cultural groups such as Inca, the collection contains materials from small cultural groups not often exhibited in museums. Those objects provide a look at the dynamic exchanges between cultures.

    Chancay, North Central Coast, Peru; Pacay Tree Sculpture, 1000-1450 BCE, Late Intermediate Period; Cotton with camelid hair and human hair, 29 7/8 x 21 ¼ in.; Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, The Fred Olsen Collection; 1967-29-309

     

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  • Editor’s notes: To contact Jon Seydl, email jseydl@illinois.edu. To contact Allyson Purpura, email purpura@illinois.edu. To contact Kasia Szremski, email szremski@illinois.edu. More information about the Andean art collection is available online. For information about Krannert Art Museum, contact Julia Nucci Kelly at jkell@illinois.edu.