Escape the hustle-and-bustle of downtown Santiago this week with a stop into “Blanca Montaña”, an exhibition exploring the best of Chilean architecture from the past 20 years at Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral (GAM).
The installation aspires to bring architecture to all audiences, and make Chilean architecture – considered by some as the most interesting and original in South America – accessible to everyone.
The exhibit features both photographs and a series of 12 videos. The dual combination aims to illustrate each building in its context, incorporating the environment, people, and sounds of each site with the hope of recreating the experience of actually being present at the buildings.
The works featured were selected by celebrated Catalán architect Miquel Adrià, whose 2011 book, “Blanca Montaña,” inspired the exhibition. Adrià is editor of Arquine, an international architecture magazine, and author of 30 books about Mexican and Latin American contemporary architecture.
The installation was created by Ediciones Puro Chile, the architectural publishing company that originally published the “Blanca Montaña” book, and is supported by Chile’s National Council on Culture and the Arts.
Architecture in Chile
“Blanca Montaña” is an excellent introduction to the experimental works of Chilean architects. According to Molly Rae Thorkelson, a former Fulbright Scholar studying architecture in Chile, the country’s expanding economic and social opportunities have led to an influx in innovative buildings.
“With Chile’s new economic and social openness, experimentation in architecture and design is exploding,” Thorkelson wrote.
In addition, many Chilean architects are exploring green building designs. These architects are aiming to be environmentally responsible, sustainable and resource-efficient.
“Blanca Montaña” is on display at GAM through to August 25, and will travel to Berlin next month. Admission is free. The museum is open Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m, Thursday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.