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Large crowds attend Metalmorphosis opening

01 - 18 - 2019

Large crowds attend Metalmorphosis opening

The First Lady, Cecilia Morel, along with the Minister of the Cultures, the Arts, and Heritage, Alejandra Pérez, led the inauguration of the exhibition, which will remain open to the public until May 27 at the National Museum of Fine Arts. Magdalena Piñera, sister of the President of the Republic, was also present. The authorities enjoyed a thorough guided tour of the exhibition.

More than 450 people attended the opening of the exhibit, organized by the Chile Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), which features pieces by twelve Chilean artists whose work revolves around metal and its transformations.

The director of the Museum, Roberto Farriol, welcomed those in attendance and noted the importance of gender issues for the institution: “For several years, we have had a museum policy that, among other points, aims to increase gender equality and highlight the role of women in the arts. In order to do this, we have significantly increased the presence of women artists though purchases and by organizing multiple exhibitions, activities, and research projects that seek to visibilize the work of Chilean artists, especially those who are part of our heritage collection”.

During his opening speech, Mr. Farriol paid an impromptu homage to Drina Rendic, president of the Chile Committee of the NMWA and the driving force behind the exhibition, who was surprised to receive this public recognition.

Drina Rendic thanked Chile’s top cultural officials for their presence and explained the context of the work of the Chilean organization, linked to the museum in Washington DC.

In our country, women’s presence in public art collections amounts to approximately 15%, according to the first Editatón de Mujeres Artistas [Women Artists Editathon] (2017). Internationally, figures are also worrisome: according to a study conducted in 2017 by researchers from the University of Luxembourg, art created by women is sold 47.6 % cheaper than men’s. In the USA, only 5% of the pieces exhibited in museums are authored by women. And in the National Museum of Fine Arts of Buenos Aires, over the last 5 years, only 2 of 47 exhibitions were devoted to women artists.

“For this reason, our mission as the Chile Committee of the NMWA becomes even more meaningful, as we strive to visibilize, promote, and make known women across all artistic disciplines in order to help them regain their rightful place in the art world, both in Chile and abroad”, Mrs. Rendic noted.

The curator of the Museum of Fine Arts, Gloria Cortés Aliaga, was in charge of selecting pieces for the exhibition, which was held thanks to the support of the Mustakis Foundation and the Cultural Donations Law, together with the cooperation of DIRAC, Ward Van Lines, and FR Group Insurance.

Women to Watch 2018

Metalmorphosis is a prelude to the exhibition Heavy Metal, Women to Watch, a project developed by the National Museum of Women in the Arts in the United States. Alejandra Prieto, with her piece Pyrite Mirror, was the Chilean artist selected for the exhibition. She expressed her gratitude for the nomination and briefly spoke to the audience about her artistic work. This year’s exhibition will be the fifth prepared as part of Women to Watch and the second time that Chile sends an artist. Heavy Metal will be held from June 28 to September 16, 2018, in the Washington DC Museum.

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Special thanks


    • Andrea Cuomo
    • Andrés Rodríguez Perez
    • Cecilia Echeñique
    • Comité Calificador de Donaciones Culturales
    • Embajada de Chile en Estados Unidos
    • Estela F. Garafulich Adult Literacy Programe
    • Francisca Florenzano
    • Javier Mendicute
    • Javiera Parada
    • Jurado Concurso de Canto 2014-15
    • Jurado Concurso “Mujeres en la Musica II”
    • Jurado Final “Cartas de Mujer”
    • Jurado Preseleccion “Cartas de Mujer”
    • Kingston Family Vineyards, Casablanca Valley
    • María José Viera Gallo
    • Mario Agliati
    • Michelle Landa
    • Nieves Edwards
    • Roberto Sepúlveda
    • Rodrigo Espinosa
    • Teatro Corpartes 660
    • Ximena Sahli
    • Viñamar y Castillo de Molina
    • Viña Veramonte