THE NIGHT OF THE MUSEUMS CREATES A NEW TRADITION IN THE MAULE REGION
COMPLETE FAMILIES, COMING EVEN FROM OTHER CITIES, ENJOYED THIS CULTURAL TOUR COMMEMORATING CHILE’S HERITAGE AND THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF OUR UNIVERSITY.
June 3, 2016
The invitation to participate in the Night of the Museums, held by our University through its Artistic and Cultural Office, had a massive response. This took place in the context of Heritage Day and the celebration program of the 35th anniversary of our Academic Institution.
People from even other cities came to the New Art Gallery, located in the University premises facing the Plaza de Armas downtown square and then moved to the National Sculpture Museum, at the Talca Campus.
At the New Art Gallery, the Director of Extension, Marcela Albornoz, gave details about this space and the works in exhibition, belonging to the art collection of our University and to the O'Higginian and Fine Arts Museum, part of whose heritage is displayed in two rooms at the New Gallery.
The public could appreciate works by great exponents of Chilean visual art, among them Pedro Lira, Rafael Correa and Antonio Caro.
Also masters from the French avant-garde, such as Monet, Renoir, Degas and Cézanne, painters from the generation of the 40s, from the group Rectangle and Form and Space.
Subsequently, at the “Lily Garafulic” permanent exhibition Hall of the National Sculpture Museum, Marcela Albornoz unveiled aspects of the collection of 65 works by the great artist and National Art Prize winner, who bequeathed them to the University of Talca so that our Academic Institution could take care of exhibiting and preserving them.
From this place started the tour of the Sculpture Park which has 29 works by artists like Marta Colvin, Sergio Castillo, Federico Assler, Francisco Gazitúa, José Vicente Gajardo and Waldemar Otto.
The soft rain, far from blurring the enthusiasm of visitors, granted a special attraction to the tour, which ended with a screening of the video about Lily Garafulic, projected on one of the external walls of the room that bears her name.
The opinions were coincidental. "This is perfect, among all the things that we see every day, to be able to enjoy these wonders is priceless. It can also be a good instance to inspire new generations. It's great," said Helen Morales.
Carlos Alarcón came from Linares with his family and was happy. "I think that these are the important things that our history rescues, we have a lot of artists that we do not know. The Heritage Day celebration is tremendously important for the country and initiatives like this give us more pride. For me it is very valuable to come and it is the first time that I visit a Museum at night, so I'm enjoying it fully," he said.
To Marcela Albornoz the evaluation is very positive: "this is a cultural activity designed also as a way of bringing the University closer to the people, fulfilling our mission of linking with the environment. We are very satisfied and happy with this great response, complete families came, also people related to art and culture that visited the New Art Gallery and then continued through the entire tour," she said.
The director and the O'Higginian Museum of Fine Arts, Alejandro Morales, also had a favorable opinion. "I think that it is an initiative that has to be carried out every two months or once a month because of the amount of visitors that we've had, it could become a tradition. I think there has been a success here on the part of the Universidad de Talca and also of the O'Higgian Museum," he said.
For her part, the Director of the Culture and the Arts Council of the Maule Region, Mariana Deisler, invited the University "to repeat the activity, without waiting a year, so as to generate a habit. Things require some time to get set, you have to persevere and later, people will come by themselves. Congratulations to the University for this Initiative and to the O'Higginian Museum of Fine Arts by sharing their works".
Deisler said the Heritage Day and the Night of the Museums gathered a different experience, because it was held at night. "It seems that it has another meaning, it invites people to be part in the construction of a narrative, also to make a bit of history, there is something epic that attracts a lot of people," she said.