The past few years have seen a rise in the number of spaces that offer art shows and exhibitions, transforming Santiago in a city open for those who want to discover and explore art. Open museums, art galleries focused on illustration and cultural centres get together with the classic museums to create a route through Santiago that takes art -paintings, drawings and much, much more- to different corners of the city. Wander through Santiago with us looking for art, but also a nice time.
National Museum of Fine Arts
It’s always good to start off with a classic. The National Museum of Fine Arts if the most important museum in the country and it holds the largest artistic collection in Chile. The permanent exhibition, with items from the museum’s collection, is the core, but there also are temporary exhibitions that will ensure that a visit to the museum will never be the same as the one before. Located in the Parque Forestal, this is a great place to learn about the historical development of art in Chile.
Open Air Museum of San Miguel
Paintings can come in many forms and this museum has made the buildings in San Miguel real pieces of art. Murals and graffiti are the kings of this museum, transforming the walls and making of San Miguel one of the places worthy of a visit when in Santiago. A true symbol of urban art, where communities get together to create and fill with light the streets of their neighbourhood.
Contemporary Art Museum
With two locations, the Contemporary Art Museum is the perfect place to learn about and admire the new trends of contemporary art and culture, and it has a collection of over three thousand pieces that date back to the XIXth century. A part of the museum is located next to the Museum of Fine Arts and it hosts the main collection and temporary exhibitions of renowned artists. The other part of the museum is in the Quinta Normal, in a building known as the Versailles Palace and which was the original location of the museum when it was inaugurated. Here you will see more experimental exhibitions and architecture-related exhibits.
Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda
This cultural centre opened back in 2006 and since then it has rapidly become one of the most visited cultural spaces in Santiago by Chileans and foreigners alike. It has two big exhibition rooms, plus galleries, smaller exhibition rooms and the Cineteca Nacional. The diversity of spaces available allow a diversity of shows and exhibitions, both national and international. Right now, the Andes and Pacífico rooms hold an show on Latin American abstract art with more that 200 pieces.
The first space in Chile fully dedicated to illustration and comic book, an art form that’s become more and more popular in the past few years. This gallery has shows by renowned, but also by emerging artists, which means the collection will always be diverse. One of the best qualities of this place is that you may do more than just watch: you may join one of the classes they offer or go to conferences with illustrators and book launches. An ideal space for those who want to know more about this type of art.