Today Inge and I were the only ones in our group who attended the Midday Music at the Blanton Museum of Art. We had arrived earlier than usual, so we had time to go upstairs to see some of the special exhibits. I also went into the restoration gallery to see Antonio Carneo’s painting, “The Death of Rachel”, which was recently restored by the HYPERLINK "http://www.gallery.ca/en/"National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. They did an outstanding job on a painting that had been heavily damaged.
The musical program was presented by members of the University of Texas’ Alternative Improvisation Music Ensemble (AIME) led by Professor John Mills. All the music was written by the UT Jazz Composers. They were responding to the painting, “Inkarri” by Fernando de Szysklo, 1968, acrylic on wood. It is part of the modern American collection at the Blanton. Most of the composers were in attendance and were introduced by Professor Mills.
Afterwards, we went on a docent-led tour and learned the story behind the painting. The story of Inkarri (or Inkari) is one of the most famous legends of the Inca. When the conquistadores tortured and executed the last ruler of the Inca people, Atahualpa, he vowed that he would come back one day to avenge his death. According to the legend, the Spaniards buried his body parts in several places around the kingdom. Buried under the earth he will grow until one day he will rise, take back his kingdom and restore harmony in the relationship between Pachamama (the earth) and her sons. The name Inkarri probably evolved from the Spanish Inca-rey (Inca-king).