This winter season, Santiago presents a multitude of exhibits and events to explore.
Stop by the Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda just outside of the La Moneda metro stop (line 1) to be awed and amazed by the free Color y Vibración exhibit in the Art and Technology Hall on the museum’s third level. The exhibit encourages visitors to actively participate in the technological displays, using sensory factors such as touch to explore color and vibration through a combination of technology and multimedia. Themes such as pre-Columbian cultures are incorporated into the exhibit using colors, with the aim of communicating to the public the perceptual phenomena and symbolical value colors can represent. This exhibit is open through August 31, 2012.
In the Canal 13 building next to the Baquedano metro stop (line 1), the World Press Photo 2012 exhibit includes an impressive selection of the year’s top images selected by a World Press committee. The large display size of each photographic and perfect resolution make it seem as though visitors are walking past windows into very immediate and vivid other lives and worlds. This exhibit is on display free of charge through August.
At the Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral outside of the Universidad Católica metro stop (line 1), the new exhibit Blanca Montaña will be on display from July 26 through August 26. This free exhibit designed by Mathias Klotz and Richard Abuauad focuses on Chile’s boutique architectural styles, explored through video and audio. The exhibit’s sensorial design allows visitors to feel as though they enter the architectural landscapes on display, garnering a sense of being in those spaces.
In the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, visitors can peruse the stormy Antarctic landscape images by mixed media artist Sergio Lay, on display through August 5 in the exhibit Mar de Fondo. Cartografía Austral. A much different tone is conveyed by the ironically comical and absurd paintings exploring Chilean identity in the Lugares Comunes exhibit by Andrés Gana, on display through August 26. Special events include a program based around the Nicanor Plaza, maestro de escultores exhibit demonstrating a sculptor’s craft and process, which will be held the evening of July 17. The 14th Seminar on Cultural Heritage will be held at the museum July 25-26, with specialists from abroad including UNESCO and FBI experts discussing prevention of illicit imports and exports of heritage art treasures.