More than a millennium ago, across the coastal mountains of what is now Peru, a vast empire that is today nearly forgotten entered its twilight. The Wari (Huari) reigned for 400 years, between 600 and 1000 CE, as the largest and most-dominant culture in the Andes until the rise of the Inca centuries later.
Few traces remain of this empire, only scattered remnants of what was once a highly sophisticated civilization. But the relics that do survive—textiles, ceramics, precious ornaments, and small-scale sculptures—stand as compelling testimony to that sophistication and speak distinctly to modern sensibilities.
Now, the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, in coordination with the Cleveland Museum of Art, offers the opportunity to experience the distinct vision of the Wari. This carefully assembled exhibition of art presents a vision that is simultaneously ancient and contemporary, the works of people inhabiting a particular place and a particular time, but whose sensitivity speaks to a humanity that we share across centuries.