The exhibition “Mayas, from Dawn to Dusk” was shown at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, France, from June to October 2011.
Over 150 magnificent works of art from the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology of Guatemala and La Ruta Maya Foundation travelled to France with the aim of presenting to the public the development of Maya civilization, its peak and decline until the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors in 1524 AD. The exhibition highlighted pottery, funerary items, architectural remains, jewelry, monuments, and other works of art
The exhibition design was directed by Jean-Paul Boulanger, from Pylone Agency, who highlighted the architectural design of El Mirador archaeological site by reconstructing stucco reliefs on scale, thus helping to visualize and understand the size, features and mystery of the ancient city.
The exhibition was sponsored by the French Embassy in Guatemala and had the funding support of PACUNAM, the Albert II of Monaco Foundation, and The World Heritage Fund. A series of lectures were part of the activities within the exhibition.