Enrico Poli has dedicated most of his adult life to collecting archaeological objects from all over Peru and has one of the ... More
Colección Enrico Poli
Enrico Poli has dedicated most of his adult life to collecting archaeological objects from all over Peru and has one of the most exquisite private collections in the country. Here you will be able to see examples of Inca and other pre-Hispanic cultures, as well as examples of colonial art. The collection gathers together so-called huacos (ceramic pieces), paintings, gold, silver and wooden sculptures. Mr. Poli guides the visitors in person. Appointments should be made in advance.
This is Poli's private collection, which he amassed by buying from looters. This is definately not a museum (which has education and preservation as its main concerns). Poli has stolen the Peruvian people's own heritage from them and justifies it in his own warped way.
The collection is good BUT the guide (owner from the collection) doesn`t explain the collection. He is the one of the most offensive person against the Catolic Church. If you like, go to see art, don`t go to the museum. If you like, hear the owner`s ideology, go to the museum.
On a quite street in Lima is an archealogical treasure. The museum is a tribute to one mans desire to preserve a countries heritage.
The museum is impecably put together as a labor of love. Mr Poli and his son truly love and enjoy their collections. They want their visitors to feel just the same.
It was a privilege to view this incredible and diverse treasure house and gain a better understanding of the Peruvian culture.
Roz and Joel Greenberg
Well worth it just to listen to the elder Mr Poli talk and discuss (one sided) his views on the collection, the Catholic Church, Spaniards (invaders, not conquistadors), the ancient peoples of the area, and humanity in general. He doesn't speak English and one must have an excellent translator to get full value.
The collection is superb and one would need much more than the allotted two to three hours to examine everything. His collection of pottery and articles of precious metals is exquisite. He also has a rather interesting collection of items depicting sexuality which might be considered today as "pornographic" or "obsecene". Mr Poli dismisses this by saying the ancients didn't have such words, but immediately launches into a tirade on what the Spaniards and Catholic Church did to vandalize and decimate the Inca and other natives.This is obscene and pornographic.
This is a truly spectacular museum.... ask no questions as to how the exhibits were collected. See items in National geographic then view the items right there! His love of the artefacts is evident and his restoration is superb. I was fortunate to have a friend translate and be familiar with his biasis to get through his personal likes and dislikes.Having been to the Lord of Siapan museum .( I am sure they would love to have his collection as an adjunct).This is worth the air ticket and alone.
Enrico Poli's Museum (basically his house) holds his marvelous collection of colonial and precolumbian works of art. It is certainly worth a visit, though Mr. Poli who gives the tour himself, talks fast, is very critical and is difficult to translate (and does not like to be interrupted ). The paintings and sculptures are sensational, as well as the silver works. One does wonder the origin of many of these pieces of art, specially those from Sipan, but God forbid to ask for its origin, as Mr. Poli does not like these questions. Certainly worth a visit, but for non spanish speakers, you will basically be able to observe.
I gave the Poli 5 stars because it is just that. A 5 star museum of the most astounding and beautiful arts, treasuers and antiquities in South America but more importantly Mr Poli who guides visitors makes the story of their collections deeply understood and appreciated :-)
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