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Piece from the exhibition "ReVision" at the Denver Art Museum.
Piece from the exhibition, ReVisión, at the Denver Art Museum. Photo: Denver Art Museum

'ReVisión' exhibit showcases 3,500 years of American artifacts and artwork in Denver

The new exhibit is a journey through the last 3500 years of Latin and Latin American art.

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The Denver Art Museum will exhibit close to 180 "artifacts and rare works" created in the American territory during the past 3,500 years. The ReVisión exhibit opened on Sunday, Oct. 24 at the Denver Art Museum (DAM), and is on display as one of the most comprehensive collections of Latin and Latin American art in the United States.

Clara Ricciardi, coordinator of Spanish-language community programs at the DAM, told EFE that "ReVisión presents the opportunity to consider the Americas from a traditional point of view, that is, the point of view in which the art of the pre-Columbian past intermingles with the present to give us a vision of the future."

Among the works chosen for this exhibition are 180 objects never before exhibited — the oldest dating back 2,100 years — and will be displayed along with several more recent creations. All of the objects are from the museum's collections of ancient art and Latin American art.

The purpose of ReVisión is, in Ricciardi's words, to "expand the narrative" of Latino art in the United States and art in Latin America "through the voices of women artists and ethnic minorities." The selection of works such as Encontro das Águas by contemporary Brazilian artist Clarissa Tossin; and a collection of 16 oil paintings by Marco Chillitupa Chávez depicting the "rulers of Peru," are just some of the expansive collection.

"The art comes from the different cultures, regions and periods in the history of Latin America. It is beautiful and is an important indicator of the cultural richness of our peoples. It is also a bridge of understanding between today's societies and a source of pride for people whose roots are in the places where the art comes from," Ricciardi said.

ReVisión comes after three years of planning and is the first exhibition in the Martin Building. The show includes works on loan from the Blanton Museum of Art and the Pérez Museum. 

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