Centro Cultural Palacio de La Moneda
History and museums
Centro Cultural Palacio de La Moneda ("Palacio de La Moneda Cultural Center") is a cultural facility located in Santiago, Chile, under the Citizenry Square, in the southern façade of the Palacio de La Moneda. It is intended to place the Chilean capital in the international cultural circuit, allowing participative and formative access for all citizens to the cultural and audiovisual richness of the nation.
It was built between November 2004 and January 2006 and was designed by Chilean architect Cristián Undurraga. It contains 7,200 m², with two main exhibition halls, each 620 m² in area.
This project is part of the bigger Bicentennial Project, in preparation for the 200th anniversary of Chile's Republican Life. As part of this plan, many public buildings, parks, libraries, airports, and boulevards have been built or improved.
Also this center houses other minor exhibition halls: the Centro de Documentación de las Artes ("Arts Documentation Center", with information and resources concerning modern and contemporary art), Cineteca Nacional ("National Film Archive"). The program for the movie showings at the National Film Archive can be found here. The museum also has a Digital Laboratory (for film restoring and digitallization), Restaurants, Café, and a small Shop. There is a new art and technology exhibition room.
There is a parking garage under the space with room for 564 cars on 4 levels, with pedestrian and vehicular access on Morande street and Teatinos street.
The inaugural exhibit (from January to July 2006) is México: del Cuerpo al Cosmos ("Mexico: from Body to Cosmos"), featuring about 200 pieces of ancient Mexican art.
If you plan ahead, you can get a free guided tour of the museum. On the weekends only the general public can receive the tour. On the week days, social organizations, students, and companies can organize a guided tour, as well as the general public.
In October of 2013, 170 works from the Peggy Guggenheim collection of Venice will be visiting. Exhibitions receive financial backing from the Center for Culture and the Arts, and Entel. The current director of the Museum, Philip Rylands will host a conference to open the exhibition. 8 works from the Guggenheim Museum in New York will also be included. In the Cinema Room the movie Pollack directed by Ed Harris will be screened.
Until March of 2013, the Violeta Parra space will be exhibiting her tapestries, oil paintings and paper mache works.
There is currently an exhibition called “Elementos” which features artesanal works from the north of Chile. These traditional ceramics and textiles are in danger of extinction in terms of artisanal knowledge and technique.