Palacio La Moneda Cultural Center will exhibit Latin American gold and silver artwork
As part of the Bicentennial celebrations, as of 3 September 2010 the center will exhibit the most valuable collections of gold and silver pieces from different museums of Latin American countries. The sample includes works that date from the Pre-Columbian era to the Republic
lunes, 31 de mayo de 2010
La exhibición está contextualizada en distintas temáticas, entre ellas, la religiosidad, el comercio, el poder y el uso cotidiano
As part of Chile’s
Bicentennial celebrations, the Palacio
la Moneda Cultural Center, in association with Minera Escondida, will present the
largest exhibition of gold and silver artwork in the country. The exhibit is
scheduled to be inaugurated on 3 September and remain open up to 28 November of
The exhibit, called “Gold and silver:
the splendor of America”, will bring together for the first time the most
valuable collections from different museums of the region, including pieces
from Peru, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Bolivia and Chile.
The exhibit will be structured around different themes, among them religion,
trade, power and daily use. To reflect these contexts, pre-Hispanic
hierarchical symbols, huaso and gaucho (Chilean and Argentine cowboy,
respectively) outfits, jewels, coins, liturgical objects and decorative arts
will be displayed, recounting the social history of the continent from the
pre-Colombian era until the Republic.
For the executive director of the Cultural
Center, Alejandra Serrano, this sample
constitutes “the most important cultural
celebration of the Bicentennial, because it will give Chileans access to a
valuable heritage that is normally dispersed in different public and private
museums of Latin America. It also highlights
the fact that the Bicentennial is something that is shared with the rest of the
countries of the continent, with which we have a common history, culture,
sensitivity and social context in many senses”.
Chile will be represented by contributions from the Museo de Arte Popular Americano Tomás Lagos, Museo
de Artes Decorativas, Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, Museo Histórico Nacional and
the Museo de Colchagua, in addition to
the Nuestra Señora de la Merced
parish in Petorca. Argentina
will send pieces from the Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fernández
Colombia will contribute
with material from the Museo del Oro belonging to the Banco de la República de Colombia; and Peru with objects that can
currently be seen at the Museo Pedro de Osma and the Museo Larco.
Finally, Costa Rica will send works from the Museo Nacional; Ecuador will
participate with pieces from the Museo Banco Central, and Uruguay with works from
the Museo del Gaucho, while Bolivia will contribute with collections of
decorative arts and liturgical objects.