The Nation’s heritage

Opening of new museum to celebrate Chilean culture and tradition

The first exhibition at the Museo de la Chilenidad focuses on the country’s cowboy and rural landscapes in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Thursday, November 11, 2010  
Traditional Chilean huasos at a rodeo display outside Santiago. Traditional Chilean huasos at a rodeo display outside Santiago.

A museum celebrating Chile’s rich heritage has opened in Santiago with an exhibition depicting rural scenes and Chile’s cowboy tradition.

 

"Visions of the countryside: painting and identity in Chilean collections" is the first exhibition at the new Museo de la Chilenidad in the municipality of Las Condes. It displays works from famed artists in the 19th and early 20th centuries, who highlighted the country’s landscapes and cowboy culture.

 

The museum, located in a centuries-old house that was the home of the first mayor of Las Condes, provides a permanent space for connecting Chileans with their roots and traditions.

 

“We’re talking about an unprecedented exhibition in our country, bringing together many different aspects of our identity,” said Francisco de la Maza, mayor of Las Condes, of the first exhibition. “This space is the beginning of a great museum that will be built with the pieces we hope to collect over the years.”

 

The museum’s opening is thanks largely to the efforts of the Municipality of Las Condes and of the Federation of Chilean Horse Breeders. For more than a decade, the Federation has also been the driving force behind the annual celebration of Chilean identity, ‘Fiestas Patrias’, which take place around Chile’s independence day on Sept. 18.

 

According to the Las Condes Cultural Corporation, the artworks for the first exhibition have been brought together from private and public collections in the country. It features some of the most renowned artists to have lived in Chile from the nineteenth century and early twentieth century, including the German-born painter Juan Mauricio Rugendas and Chilean painters Pedro Lira and Juan Franciso González.

 

The exhibition is open to the public until December 19th at the Museo de la Chilenidad. Entry is free; open from 10:30 to 14:00 and 15:00 to 19:00 Monday to Saturday, and from 10:30 on 14:00 Sundays. For more information, see www.lascondes.cl

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