The Ethnographic Museum of Vienna (Weltmuseum Wien) opens its doors this Thursday to the exhibition ‘Aztecas’, an exhibition about the art, culture and worldview of this pre-Hispanic civilization, but the exhibition will not have the so-called ‘Moctezuma plume’. During six months the exhibition can be seen, which has a collection of the National Museums of Anthropology and the Templo Mayor, among other Mexican and European collections.
According to a statement from the museum, a press conference was held with the participation of the general director of Kunsthistorisches Museum, Sabine Haag; the curator of the exhibition, Doris Kurella; the director of the Linden Museum, Inés de Castro, and the director of the Weltmuseum Wien, Christian Schicklgruber. For De Castro, director of the Linden Museum and one of the main promoters of the project, establishing a dialogue and a connection between countries to tell diverse stories was one of the main motivations for the exhibition. “It was important to bring a legacy from Latin America to Europe to give a broader vision and to be able to show the Aztec culture beyond stereotypes, as a complex culture, with an important architecture, with conscience and social structure,” he said during the conference. press.
Gallery: Amazing sculptures made with over 10,000 pencils (Grosby Group)
The exhibition started its way last year in Stuttgart (Germany) and includes more than 200 pieces and objects on loan, but among them will not be the so-called ‘Moctezuma plume’, although it is in the same museum, due to the risks that it could imply move it. The ‘plume of Moctezuma’ is a headdress made up of green quetzal feathers, red ones from the spatula bird and other brown, turquoise and light blue feathers from unidentified birds, measuring 178 by 130 centimeters. Still, thanks to a bilateral agreement between Austria and Mexico, Mexican citizens who present their passport at the entrance of the museum can see the plume for free. According to legend, the artifact was the property of Moctezuma II, a Mexican emperor when Hernán Cortés arrived in Mexico in 1519. Doubts persist about its true origin, whether it was used in religious rituals, whether it belonged to the last Aztec emperor, and whether he knew it. gifted Cortés. With information from EFE