Art from the south of Chile goes on display in Buenos Aires

Bringing together works from 12 artists, the exhibit is part of the drive to showcase Chilean culture to the Argentinian public.


Visual art and sculptures reflecting landscapes from Chile’s south are on show at the new Cultural Center of the Chilean embassy in Buenos Aires, in an exhibition entitled “Our South: Visual Art Exhibit.”

The cultural center, built ahead of the celebration of both countries’ 2010 bicentennials – Argentina celebrated 200 years as an independent nation on May 25, while Chile’s bicentennial was on Sept. 18 – aims to strengthen the cultural exchange between the neighboring countries.

«The gallery is a small cultural platform, but we hope not just to show visual art – we feel the Cultural Center should display the Chilean art as a whole, and especially young artists,» said Carlos Leppe, cultural attaché for Argentina.

Leppe said he would also like to see more published Chilean art available in bookshops in the Argentinian capital, while he expects that in the future the cultural center’s 100 seat auditorium will be used for seminars on Chilean art.

The art exhibition, running Nov. 19 to Dec. 10, was organized in association with Chile’s Native Forests Cultural Center, a society dedicated to displaying and fostering art, culture and craft related to southern Chile’s natural world.

It will feature Chilean artists such as painter Bertha Iniguez, whose work explores the area of Puerta Varas in Chile’s Lakes District, and Luis González Sánchez, a sculptor from the island of Chiloé who works with wood, to reflect the importance of the material for the inhabitants of the south of Chile.

«The wood of the giant, ancient larch trees and the landscape of southern Chile is a concept filled with cultural connotations, which can be interpreted as a dynamic code of symbols,” said Beatriz Huidobro Hott, the curator of the show.

Other artists being featured at the show include Paola Vezzani of Punta Arenas, Mónica Paz from Osorno, Robinson Mora from Coyhaique, Katherine Hrdalo and Marcelo Gallardo from Puerto Montt, Luis González from Ancud and Jose Triviño and Edward Rojas from Castro, the capital of Chiloé.