Agenda third weekend of February

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The Museo de Arte Costarricense, the Museo Nacional de Costa Rica, the Museo Calderón Guardia and the Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, offer a wide range of visual exhibitions, which are available to the public to visit their facilities and tour these temporary exhibitions.

As part of the care, in the face of the COVID19 pandemic, all health protocols must be applied in order to be able to enjoy the exhibitions.

Visit museums with your social bubble and learn more about art, wildlife, history and much more valuable content. Here are the details:

Visit the MAC and see the exhibition “Crossing the Threshold”.

The Museo de Arte Costarricense (MAC), located in the Parque Metropolitano La Sabana, invites the public to visit its exhibition “Traspasando el umbral”, by the artist Disifredo Garita (1942-1997).

Visitors will have the opportunity to discover, in this exhibition, the value that the figure of Disifredo Garita contributed to the Costa Rican aesthetics of 20th century art, through paintings between the natural and the imaginary, full of fantasy and colour.

The exhibition is presented as a chronological journey through Garita’s formative years and career, then moves on to various thematic axes such as “Alchemy and the Fantastic World”, “Natural World” and “The Feminine”. Each of the sections deals with the themes, allegories and symbolism contained in the works of Garita, one of the most enigmatic artists in the history of national art, according to the MAC.


Disifredo Garita was born in Costa Rica in 1942 and was attracted to painting from an early age. He studied at the University of Costa Rica, where he studied pedagogy. Later he moved to Mexico where he studied art restoration and conservation. Years later, he decided to devote himself entirely to painting, working with techniques such as watercolour, drawing and oil painting. He also cultivated the literary arts, particularly poetry.

To visit the exhibition, the public must reserve their space by calling 4060-2315, from Wednesday to Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The MAC has sanitary and safety protocols for the prevention of COVID-19, which is why every visitor who enters the museum must comply with the disinfection guidelines and follow the instructions of the staff when touring the rooms.

MADC Expo explores vulnerability of Central American artists

Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo

With works by several Central American artists, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MADC) invites the public to visit the exhibition “Horizontes Espinosos” (Thorny Horizons), which will be on display until 30 April.

The exhibition brings together works by 33 Costa Rican, two Nicaraguan and one Panamanian artists, who have assumed diverse positions based on uncertainty and their own vulnerability in the face of the crises.

Gabriela Sáenz, one of the curators of the exhibition, explained that the show, apart from revealing the vulnerability of the artists, also proposes a solution to overcome negative situations through creativity.

The exhibition is offered from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4:50 p.m., in rooms 1 and 1.1 of the MADC, located in the Centro Nacional de la Cultura. Admission to the museum costs ¢1,800 colones for nationals and $4 dollars for foreigners.

Exhibition reviews contributions to national artistic production

Museo Calderón Guardia

Acrylics, oil paintings, engravings, photography and sculpture are “Aportes al coleccionismo plástico”, an exhibition on display in the galleries of the Museo Dr. Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia.

The pieces in this group show are a selection from the Museum’s own art collection; on this occasion, artists such as Carlos Tapia, Luis Chacón, Eduardo Libby, Ana Broinemann, Alberto Murillo, Fernando Carballo and Rafael Vargas, among others, are participating.

The proposal presents the artistic panorama of national production from the 1990s to date, by artists who have exhibited at the Museo Dr. Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia and who have donated work to the institution.

“Aportes al coleccionismo plástico” will be on view until 20 February, inclusive, from Monday to Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museo Dr. Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia is located in Barrio Escalante, admission is free.

Briefs – Cultural Agenda

Music

The Alajuela Concert Band will offer a virtual presentation of the I Movement “Allegro”, from the work “Concerto a Cinque”, by J. Hertel”, on Thursday, February 18, at 6:30 p.m., through the Alajuela Concert Band’s Facebook page.

Wildlife

Visit the exhibition “Nests and Eggs” at the National Museum, Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sundays, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission costs ¢2,500 colones for nationals; foreigners, $11 dollars. Payment by credit card only. Free on Sundays for identified nationals and every day for seniors, children under 12 and identified national students.

Calypso

The Limón Concert Band will present its concert “Rumba en Cahuita”, an audiovisual production that can be enjoyed on Friday, February 19, at 4 p.m., through the Limón Concert Band’s Facebook page.

Visual arts

The Museo Histórico Cultural Juan Santamaría offers the exhibition “Lico Rodríguez: de aprendiz a maestro imaginero”, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the diocese of Alajuela. The exhibition will be on display until 14 March. For more information, visit the Facebook profile of the Museo Histórico Cultural Juan Santamaría.

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