Past Exhibitions


Viaje a un mundo perdido

May 27, 2013 to January 12, 2014


After having traveled for thirteen years through some of the most important cultural institutions in Germany, France, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden, Russia, Denmark and Slovenia, and received more than seven million visitors, the Fundación Cisneros/Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros in collaboration with Centro Gaiás Cidade da Cultura presented, for the first time in Spain, the exhibition Orinoco. Viaje a un mundo perdido [Orinoco. Journey to a lost world], which was on view, May 27, 2013–January 12th, 2014.

The show at Centro Gaiás offered a unique tribute to the cultural tradition of the twelve ethnic groups living in the Venezuelan Amazon: De’aruwa (Piaroa) Ye’kuana, Yanomami, Hiwi (Guahibo) , E’ñepa (Panare) Wakuenai (Curripaco), Baniva, Bare, Puinave, Warekena, Tsase (Piapoco) and Hoti. Composed of a wide selection of useful objects used by each indigenous group, the collection consists of over 1,500 pieces collected from over fifty years of exploration: masks, basketry, body ornaments, musical instruments, feathered, canoes, paddles or gear , everyday objects and magical-religious objects made of forest materials, from parts of animals to plants and minerals.

The Orinoco Collection immerses in the so-called “Lost World”, a protected and warm place in the heart of the Amazon jungle, where only one percent of the sunlight manages to reach the ground by noon, but where these groups founded twelve thousand years ago a cozy place with all the necessities to live. The exhibition is a hymn to unspoiled nature and to the respect for the environment as well as a tribute to traditional cultures and their environmentally friendly way of life.

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A catalogue was published for the exhibition.



Orinoco: Viaje a un mundo perdido