Santiago Chile Art
Santiago is one of my favorite destinations in Latin America and has a number of hidden and exclusive gems to discover on every corner. As a lover of culture and art exhibitions, there are several reasons to stay in Santiago, but the museum is an important reason. Santiago offers a wide variety of museums where you can learn about history, culture, art history and art in general.
As I mentioned in this post, there is a third hot spot in Santiago that is looking for street art, and this is the second most popular tourist destination in the city for art lovers. On this map of Santiago de Chile I have highlighted the areas I consider to be hotspots of street art.
The Santiago Museum of Contemporary Art, operated by the Faculty of Arts of the University of Chile, is the most important museum in the city, founded in 1947. Fifteen minutes from public transport, it is the second most popular tourist destination in Santiago de Chile after Plaza de Mayo, and was founded in 1946.
On the tourist map, this small outdoor art space is a prime example of a hidden treasure in Santiago. Under the direction of owner Isabel Aninat, it is dedicated to the exhibition of the next leading contemporary artists in Chile, who will be shown before entering the international art scene. If you are one of those people who find inspiration and happiness in well-executed, colourful street art, then grab the camera and don't be surprised what you discover.
Chilean Art Collection, Chile's National Museum of Fine Arts is not only intended for Chilean art collections. Italian drawings from the 15th and 17th centuries will also be found here by art lovers. This stunning exhibition space has put contemporary Chilean art on the map and promoted the work of artists such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Matisse, Monet, Gauguin and others.
If you are travelling west of downtown Santiago, you will find two neighborhoods that offer a unique view of the world of street art and graffiti in Chile's capital. Street Art Santiago offers a unique portal into a world beyond graffiti, describing some of the most prominent barrios and neighborhoods of Santiago and talking to the ridiculous number of artists who work in one. This impressive book is an attempt to record the history of graffiti and its impact on the city of Santiago over the last 50 years. The book must have taken a long time to transcribe and translate, but it is worth the effort.
If you drive the 1.5 hours from Santiago, you will find yourself in the port city of Valparaiso, often referred to as the San Francisco of South America. It stretches over a series of hills that form a natural amphitheatre overlooking the sea.
The best way to feel attracted to the many images that represent different parts of Chile and its culture, from pre-Columbian times to the present. South America is a single huge open air gallery, of which Santiago, Valparaiso and Buenos Aires are some of the highlights. Casa E is run by Lord K2, a charming former diplomat from Santiago who left government five years ago to move to Val Parciso to take an interest in modern Chilean art. Building on his years of travelling through Latin America, he studied stencil painting and graffiti in Aires, soon becoming one of Argentina's most famous graffiti artists and a key figure in Chile's underground scene.
I never thought I would visit Chile, but Santiago was full of surprises and gave me a view of South America that I will not forget so soon. When I saw the deal, I grabbed a pinch of salt and a glass of wine and I'm so glad I did because I never think about visiting Chile.
The Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts is a great museum to start your visit to Santiago. Here you will find a variety of exhibits and collections of Chilean culture and learn more about the history of the country and its cultural heritage. If you are traveling elsewhere in Chile, you may want to take a trip to hand-picked local galleries such as the Art Gallery of Santiago or the Museum de la Republika de Chile.
Take a walk through the Barrio Lastarria, visit GAM there, treat yourself to one of the best artisanal ice creams in Santiago and finally visit the Museo de Bellas Artes. Another great sight is the Santiago de Compostela shopping centre, which is just a stone's throw away. Take a trip to one of Chile's most popular shopping malls, the Mall de Santiago.
The first is education, which refers to the fact that it is a pluralistic institution that accommodates the cultural diversity that constitutes Chilean society. The Museo de Bellas Artes, Chile's Museum of Contemporary Art, which is operated by the Faculty of Art of the University of Chile, sees itself as an educational institution for students and the general public.