A century of women’s art on show in Chile’s capital

Days after the city held a female film festival, Santiago’s Museum of Contemporary Art celebrates female art in an exhibition running until May 27.

Chile’s capital entered the forefront of a cultural reawakening in recent years, with new districts emerging as centers of art, music and culinary scenes.

So it’s not surprising that the city is now becoming home to a movement championing gender equality by celebrating female identities.

Just five days after the curtains were drawn on the third edition of the Santiago Women’s Film Festival, or Femcine – which celebrated the best female directors from around the world – the capital opened an exhibition exploring the world of women’s art.

Identidad Femenina (“Female Identity”), at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo), is an exhibition organized by the Spanish Cultural Action (AC/E) and the Valencia Institute of Modern Art (IVAM) which brings together 51 works of 42 female artists from the IVAM collection.

Rather than attempt to define a distinctly female style of art, the exhibition – which spans both the 20th and 21st century – celebrates the diversity of expression that women from around the world have produced over the last 120 years.

“The question of femininity has crossed the world in recent years,” curator Consuelo Ciscar said. “With the Femcine Film Festival and the drive toward a comprehensive Chilean antidiscrimination law, this exhibition arrives at an apt time to explore questions of female identity.”

“I believe that an exhibition such as this is crucial in forming a platform to raise awareness in society, and intensifies the defense of equality for women across the world,” Ciscar said.

The  exhibition runs until May 27. General entrance is US$1.20 (CLP600), or US$0.80 (CLP400) for students. MAC opens at 11am and closes at 7pm from Tuesday to Saturday, and closes at 8pm on Sundays. It is located in Parque Forestal, near Metro Bellas Artes.