Chile is known for its beautiful art. Bold colors and high contrast are often seen in Chilean art. Treasured by people near and far, Chilean art brings a fresh perspective of beauty with its distinct blend of pre-Columbian and modern techniques. Once a medium for expression of political unrest, Chilean art has morphed into a unique expression of color and vibrance. Chile is more accessible to tourism than most people realize. LAN Airlines offer flights to Chile, which land in Chile’s capital of Santiago, home to many art galleries and museums. LAN Airlines is the major carrier for the international airport located in Santiago and cheap flights to Chile.
Historians categorize Chilean art by its time periods, and in the 20th century, by distinct groups of artists. Early artifacts from the Inca, Diaguinta and Araucuano feature pottery and petroglyphs with human figures and geometric shapes. Sadly, much of this mesmerizing prehistoric art was destroyed during the Spanish conquest, though some pieces have been preserved thanks to the arid nature of the Atacama desert. After the Spanish conquest, Chilean art transformed to include pictures depicting Christian themes including those of the Virgin Mary. Also with Spanish art came Asian colors and paintings of the human anatomy. Over the past few centuries, artists have emboldened their work by incorporating more traditional design adopted by the indigenous peoples of the New World.
Visitors wishing to find Chilean art will not be disappointed. With hundreds of cheap flights to Chile, international visitors often find that airfares are more affordable than for many other worldwide destinations. Flights to Chile can be purchased online or from local travel agents. From art studios to large exhibitions, there are many places to find every style and form. Here are a few of Chile’s art studios and museums:
Chilean Museum of Fine Arts
This huge art museum was initially founded in 1880. The original museum suffered substantial damage in the 2010 Chile earthquake, but has since been renovated and includes exhibits of authors from around the world. Special events are also hosted at the museum throughout the year.
Santiago Museum of Contemporary Art
Created in 1947, the Santiago Museum of Contemporary Art is one of Chile’s largest art museums. The museum is located on two different sites and features over 2,000 contemporary pieces.
Museo de Chileno Arte Precolombino (Museum of Pre-Columbian Chilean Art)
The permanent home to many of Chile’s pre-Columbian artifacts, this museum features both permanent and temporary exhibitions including a 5,000 year old mummy. Visitors to this museum can learn about the foundations of Chilean art and the artists who have made these valuable contributions. The museum features artifacts dating back 10,000 years. It also does traveling exhibitions that have been featured around the world. The Museo de Chileno Arte Precolombino is conveniently located in downtown Santiago.
La Moneda Cultural Center
Art enthusiasts interested in learning more about Chilean culture can visit the La Moneda Cultural Center. It features modern visual Chilean arts and film artists. International and local artists are included in the exhibition.
Only two hours from Chile’s capital city of Santiago, Valparaiso is a relaxed coastal port community with much to offer its tourists. The relaxed, traditional port atmosphere is a refuge for the many musicians and artists seeking inspiration. It was also home of Nobel prize winning poet Pablo Neruda. A mosaic of brightly colored buildings offers a unique backdrop for many photographers. The city is also a popular destination for musicians and street artists from around the world.
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