SANTIAGO — The Centro Cultural la Moneda is well worth a visit for all those who have not yet stumbled across this cultural Aladdin’s cave.
This hipster hangout is not only reserved for art galleries, but has a trendy cafe, a cinema and an innovative gift shop. Modern, spacious and with an air of serenity, Centro Cultural la Moneda is the perfect hideout from the hustle and bustle of the city center above.
Currently in this cultural center there is an exhibition called “Violeta Parra Renovada”. This exhibition is dedicated to the artistic works of Violeta Parra, Chile’s most famous folk singer. The focus is not Violeta’s music, but her physical works of art which include paintings, drawings, collages, papier-mâché sculpture and embroidered tapestries.
Her work is heavy in symbolism includes themes of family, religion, and rural life. Violeta, a country girl coming from humble beginnings, embraces these themes and uses them as inspiration for her art.
What I liked about the exhibition was the interactive side of it. Even though the space is somewhat on the small side, and perhaps the quantity of art on display is to some extent limited, there are a couple of elements that make this exhibition a little different to what you might expect.
There are points on the floor which one can step on and be serenaded by a song by Violeta linked to the piece of art in view. The exhibition also offers an interactive screen which takes you through a timeline of Violeta Parra’s life in relation to what was going on in Chile at the same time. It’s very interesting to see how her life was influenced by and intertwined with the politics, history, and events of that specific time period in Chile.
Even if Violeta Parra isn’t your thing, the Espacio Cultural La Moneda is worth a trip. It has a stream of interesting exhibitions and a lot of other cultural activities to offer.