The Aztec Empire Solomon R
This guide, which accompanies the Solomon R. Guggenheim exhibition
The Aztec Empire, is designed to provide ideas, activities, and resources
that explore issues raised by this exhibition. The exhibition and guide
focus on the varied historical and cultural influences that have
contributed to Aztec art and its development as culturally rich, visually
engaging, and emotionally compelling.
For Aztecs, art was a material manifestation of their vision of the universe;
its symbols were the reflection of their religious, economic, political and
social concepts. The objects that they created were designed to be used
and integrated into daily life. Although visitors can appreciate these
works for their beauty, expressive qualities, and workmanship, they are
fragments dislocated from their past…..