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 this year.
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 Blanco. 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.