Issue - April 2010

April 2010


In this edition, Emma Pedersen puts down on paper her interview with the artist Alejandra Dorado; Husein Meghji gives an insight to his meeting with the past at the Museo Arqueológico; Ed young tells us about the history of aviation in Cochabamba; Paola Garcia Ovando invites us to visit the exhibition of the last two centuries Bolivian sculptors at the Cultural Center Simón I. Patiño ; and ultimately Walter Sánchez lets us know about the traditions and history revolving trees in more...

April 2010

Bolivia: Los Caminos de la Escultura

In the last two centuries Bolivian sculptors have created true masterpieces of art. For the next two months these creations can be appreciated in the Cultural Center Simón I. Patiño

Paola Garcia Ovando
Cochabamba - Bolivia

The exhibition is open from Tuesday to Friday in the afternoon and Saturday and Sunday in the morning until May 14th. The entrance is free.

Sculptures call our attention for their size or the materials from which they are made, however we rarely have the chance to discover the true motivations of the artists. “Bolivia los Caminos de la Escultura” is a new project by the Simón I. Patiño Foundation to increase awareness about the artistic development of sculpture in Bolivia through a new publication and exhibition.

The exhibition, entitled “Bolivia los caminos de la Escultura 1900 -2010”, is housed in the Centro Pedagógico y Cultural Simón I. Patiño. (Av. Potosi # 1450) and features more than one hundred sculptures by thirty-seven Bolivian artists, as well as two documentary films.

The first part of the exhibition is in the art gallery and inside the palace, and covers the period from the beginning of the 20th century until the 1970s, during which time the use of abstract and the figurative styles of art emerged.

The library is the venue for the second part, reserved for contemporary creations. A new generation of artists with new concepts of sculpture creation was born in the 80’s and, since then, sculpture has been modified into various expressions: video, performances where artists use their body as a living sculpture, sculpture where one simple object can become a sculpture, and so on.

Finally, the gardens house sculptures of larger dimensions, amongst them Francine Secretan’s “Illa de los buenos vientos de las siembras”, an aymara amulet made of wood, iron and aymara textiles, and Fernando Crespo’s huge metal “Condor de los Andes” .

The accompanying book, “Bolivia los Caminos de la Escultura”, is the result of three years of research, and explains and illustrates how the creation of sculptures began in ancient Bolivian cultures and developed through over the ages into what it is today.

As a whole, both the book and the exhibition present the extraordinary work of Bolivian sculptors, highlighting the engagement of this work with the cultural identity of Bolivia and with the restlessness of Bolivian people in this new century

Trees in Cochabamba

If there is one enduring image of the Cochabamban countryside that really evokes the feeling of the area in pictures and literature, it’s the trees. For their majesty and beauty, el ceibo (chillijchi) and the willow stand out. Although they are no longer commonly found, these trees dominated the countryside until the middle of the twentieth century.

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