10 Must-Visit Art Galleries in Chile

Chile has a thriving contemporary art scene with a unique national style
Chile has a thriving contemporary art scene with a unique national style | © Al Argueta / Alamy Stock Photo
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21 September 2020

With a long history ranging from the indigenous Mapuche and Spanish colonisation to present-day Americanisation, Chile’s contemporary art scene is a dynamic combination of aesthetics that create a unique national style. Here, we take a look at ten of the country’s leading exhibition spaces.

AMS Galería

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Established in 1995 by the international curator Ana Maria Stagno, AMS Marlborough is housed in a building that was designed by Christian de Groote, winner of the National Prize of Architecture in 1993. The gallery has exhibited works by world-renowned artists alongside a selection of emerging and established local artists.

Matucana 100

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Located in an old government warehouse in Santiago, founded as part of a local revitalisation project, the Centro Cultural Matucana 100 is a popular art centre that houses a spacious gallery as well as a theatre, used to screen films and host concerts. The venue has twice hosted the Chilean Altazor Awards, an annual art prize.

Galeria Animal

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Galeria Animal was established in 2000 as a way to inform a wider audience of current art trends and was housed in a specially designed exhibition space. The gallery has recently changed its location to a new venue to promote and develop contemporary art collections in the capital of Santiago. The newly relocated Galeria Animal opened its doors with an exhibition displaying a collection of works by world-renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Alfredo Jaar, Gonzalo Cienfuegos and Roberto Matta, alongside other widely-respected artists.

Galeria Isabel Aninat

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Dating back to 1983, the Isabel Aninat Galeria De Arte in Santiago is the country’s oldest art gallery and dedicated to promoting Chilean and international contemporary artists. Over the years, the gallery has held exhibitions of works from Roberto Matta, Joan Miró and Antoni Gaudí.

Patricia Ready Galeria

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Opened in 2008 and designed by the architects Luis Izquierdo and Antonia Lehmann, the Patricia Ready Galeria in Santiago is one of the country’s leading art galleries that also boasts a cinema and space for seminars. As part of the gallery’s commitment to the promotion of the arts, a number of scholarships are offered to young, emerging talents.
These recommendations were updated on September 21, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.