About the Museum
The Museum of Art in Lima (MALI) features the art of Peru from the ancient to the contemporary.
It maintains one of Peru’s broadest art collections, featuring work from pre-Columbian times to the present day. The galleries are organized thematically, with many featuring the crafts of pre-Columbian peoples, including the Moche, Vicus, Nazca, Chimú, Chancay, and Ica-Chinca. Each exhibit reveals the characteristics distinct to each culture and notes developments in technologies, processes, customs, and art forms, while also tracing a legacy of continuity evident through contemporary works. Historical pieces on display include trophy heads, statues, ceramics, and textiles, as well as decorative and ceremonial objects.
The collection continues through the 20th century, and includes pieces by Peruvian artists working in a number of styles, notably abstract, postmodern, and Pop art, and paintings by such Peruvian masters as Macedonio de la Torre, Francisco Mariotti, and Jorge Eduardo Eielson. The museum holds a number of significant pieces by Fernando de Szyszlo, considered the father of Peru’s abstract movement.
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