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For millennia, ancient peoples of the Andes created quipus—complex record-keeping devices, made of knotted cords, that served as an essential medium for reading and writing, registering and remembering. New York–based Chilean artist and poet Cecilia Vicuña has devoted a significant part of her artistic practice to studying, interpreting, and reactivating the quipus, which were banned by the Spanish during their colonization of South America. Drawing on her indigenous heritage, Vicuña channels this ancient, sensorial mode of communication into immersive installations and participatory performances.Disappeared Quipu pairs ancient quipus from our collection with a newly commissioned installation by Vicuña that combines monumental strands of knotted wool with a four-channel video projection. Together, these quipus of the past and present explore the nature of language and memory, the resilience of native people in the face of colonial repression, and Vicuña’s own experiences living in exile from her native Chile. Each knot of Vicuña’s modern-day quipus gives radical possibility to the connective and expressive capacities of a language nearly lost to history.



On view in the adjacent gallery are thirteen ancient Andean textiles selected by Vicuña from our collection. Featured in the artist’s video projection, these textiles span a period of fourteen hundred years and complement Vicuña’s installation by honoring an important indigenous artistic tradition.

Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
NY 11238 Brooklyn
United states
718) 638-5000
https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/cecilia_vicuna

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Selection of further exhibitions in: United states

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16.09.2018 - 03.02.2019
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11.11.2017 - 04.11.2018
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15.04.2018 - 10.09.2018
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02.11.2018 - 03.03.2019
The Jewish Museum
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26.05.2018 - 01.01.2019
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York

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07.10.2018 - 13.01.2019
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11 West 53 Street
New York

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15.04.2018 - 10.09.2018
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York

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28.09.2018 - 17.03.2019
Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and G Sts NW
Washington

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26.05.2017 - 01.01.2019
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York

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15.07.2018 - 13.01.2019
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York

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15.04.2018 - 03.09.2018
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York

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04.05.2018 - 21.10.2018
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street
New York

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15.04.2018 - 03.09.2018
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York

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04.05.2018 - 16.09.2018
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street
New York

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14.09.2018 - 06.01.2019
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street
New York

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19.06.2018 - 01.09.2018
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York

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21.10.2018 - 17.03.2019
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11 West 53 Street
New York

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Upcoming Events Brooklyn Museum Main address: Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Parkway NY 11238 Brooklyn, United states Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Parkway NY 11238 Brooklyn, United states For millennia, ancient peoples of the Andes created quipus—complex record-keeping devices, made of knotted cords, that served as an essential medium for reading and writing, registering and remembering. New York–based Chilean artist and poet Cecilia Vicuña has devoted a significant part of her artistic practice to studying, interpreting, and reactivating the quipus, which were banned by the Spanish during their colonization of South America. Drawing on her indigenous heritage, Vicuña channels this ancient, sensorial mode of communication into immersive installations and participatory performances.Disappeared Quipu pairs ancient quipus from our collection with a newly commissioned installation by Vicuña that combines monumental strands of knotted wool with a four-channel video projection. Together, these quipus of the past and present explore the nature of language and memory, the resilience of native people in the face of colonial repression, and Vicuña’s own experiences living in exile from her native Chile. Each knot of Vicuña’s modern-day quipus gives radical possibility to the connective and expressive capacities of a language nearly lost to history.



On view in the adjacent gallery are thirteen ancient Andean textiles selected by Vicuña from our collection. Featured in the artist’s video projection, these textiles span a period of fourteen hundred years and complement Vicuña’s installation by honoring an important indigenous artistic tradition.
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