The Spirit of the Andes

© Spirits of Andean Colours / Alberto Quintanilla

The exhibition of works by the Peruvian artist Alberto Quintanilla, dedicated to the 2012 World Philosophy Day, celebrated under the main topic of "Future Generations" will be held at the UNESCO House (7, place de Fontenoy, Paris 7th), in Rooms Miro I & II, from 10 am to 5 pm, from Monday 12 to Friday 16 November 2012.

The exhibition is organized by the Permanent Delegation of Peru to UNESCO (for more information, please contact : Ms Patricia Duran, tel.: 01 45 68 29 33).

During this exhibition, on Thursday 15 November 2012, World Philosophy Day, a Philosophy Café - Debate on the topic of “Colours and Spiritual Values of the Andean Peoples: Past, Present, Future” is organized in the framework of the 2012 World Philosophy Day, at the UNESCO House, in Rooms Miro I & II (entrance by: 125 avenue de Suffren, Paris 7th) at 2 pm.

This event will be held with the participation of the Peruvian artist Mr Alberto Quintanilla and with the presentation of his works by Ms Carmen Bernand, Professor Emeritus of the University Paris X – Nanterre, senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France.

Alberto Quintanilla del Mar is one of the most remarkable artists of Latin America, people’s artist of Peru. Alberto Quintanilla was born in Cusco in 1934. He has graduated with merits from two Schools of Fine Arts of Cusco and Lima. He obtained also a diploma from the School of Fine Arts of Paris. He participated in the restauration works of the Museum of Louvre and his works were exhibited in several famous art galleries, including Stavanger Kunstforening, Norway (1972), the French Institute of Athens, Greece (1983), the gallery Terra Nova, Switzerland (1997). The artist lives between France and Peru and his works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art of New York, the National Library of Paris and the Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo.

Carmen Bernand, anthropologist and historian, Professor Emeritus the University Paris X – Nanterre, is specialist of the issue of metissage in Latin America and author of 18 books and many articles on this subject. Born in France in 1939, she immigrated to Argentina when she was a child with her parents, Spanish Republicans. She lived for twenty five years in Buenos Aires, where she studied anthropology at the University. Her first trip to Peru dates back to her student years in 1960. With two other fellow students, she attended, during three consecutive years, the Andean ritual battles of Chiaraje (Kanas) and Tocto (Chumbivilcas), stony battles which end by the death of a participant and that are celebrated to reinforce the fecundity of the Earth. Arrived in France in 1964 to start a Ph.D. dissertation with Claude Lévi-Strauss, she carried out her research on the Andean societies and anthropology of the colonial epoch. Among her books, L’Inca platonicien : Garcilaso de la Vega, 1539-1616 (Paris, Fayard, 2006), pays tribute to the interest of this outstanding Peruvian for Neo-Platonian philosophy. Her new book on the origins of the metissage music will be published in March 2013 by the same editor.


Type of Event Exhibition
Start 12.11.2012 09:00 local time
End 16.11.2012 16:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Crowley, John
Organizer Délégation permanente du Pérou auprès de l'UNESCO
Contact; Madame Patricia Duran, tél. : 01 45 68 29 33
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Street 7, place de Fontenoy
Room Room Miro 1, Room Miro 2
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event French, Spanish
Estimated number of participants 100
Official Website World Philosophy Day 2012
Link 1 Invitation [PDF in French]
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