Agenda : Third weekend of January

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The Museo Histórico Cultural Juan Santamaría, in Alajuela, reopened to the public with two new exhibitions; the Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, in the heart of San José, will open a new exhibition from 22 January; while the Museo Municipal de Cartago is showing, as of this week, an exhibition of visual arts and objects by Carmen Naranjo.

The Ministry of Culture and Youth invites the public to visit these and other visual arts exhibitions, following health measures and protocols that allow us to access cultural services, while taking care of our health and the health of those around us. Find out the details below:

Museum of Contemporary Art and Design opens “Thorny Horizon”.

“Horizonte Espinoso” es el nombre de la nueva exposición que ofrecerá el Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo

“Horizonte Espinoso” (Thorny Horizon) is the name of the new exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, which will show a reflection of today’s world, with crises of various kinds affecting the entire environment.

The exhibition will be on view in Rooms 1 and 1.1 from 22 January 2021. Thirty-five Costa Rican, two Nicaraguan and one Panamanian artists are taking part in the exhibition to demonstrate the transnationality of the phenomena that, from the region, go beyond nationality.

The exhibition, developed under the curatorship of Gabriela Sáenz Shelby and Sofía Vindas Solano, will be offered Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4:50 p.m., at the Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, located at the Centro Nacional de la Cultura. Open until April 30, 2021. Free admission.

Visit the Juan Santamaría Museum and see two new exhibitions

El Museo Histórico Cultural Juan Santamaría (MHCJS) reabrió sus puertas al público esta semana, y presenta al público dos nuevas exposiciones. 

The Museo Histórico Cultural Juan Santamaría (MHCJS) reopened its doors to the public this week, and presents two new exhibitions.

The first exhibition will be offered in the Luis Alberto Salas Corrales Hall of the MHCJS, and proposes a historical synthesis of the Diocese of Alajuela. Portraits of the seven bishops of the congregation, from 1921 to 2021, as well as attire, relics and other items of interest will be on display.

On the other hand, the second exhibition, available in the José María Cañas Escamilla Rooms, also located at the MHCJS, consists of a meticulous selection of works of religious art by the Alajuelan sculptor and image-maker Manuel “Lico” Rodríguez Cruz (1833-1901). Both exhibitions will be on display at the MHCJS from 19 January to 14 March 2021.

The latter exhibition is in dialogue with the photographic exhibition “Lico Rodríguez, el gran imaginero”, currently on display at the Centro Cultural e Histórico José Figueres Ferrer, in San Ramón.

The Museo Histórico Cultural Juan Santamaría is open Tuesdays through Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Carmen Naranjo exhibition to be shown in Cartago

Exposición “De la Palabra a la Imagen. Carmen Naranjo, una apreciación plástica”

More than 120 works made with pens, crayons and pencils make up the exhibition “From the Word to the Image. Carmen Naranjo, a plastic appreciation”, which opened this week at the Museo Municipal de Cartago.

The works in the exhibition portray the way Carmen Naranjo perceived her natural and urban environment and her relationship with living beings.

With this activity, the Carmen Naranjo Foundation joins the efforts to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Independence of Costa Rica, carried out by the Mayor’s Office of Cartago, the Ministry of Culture and Youth, the Municipal Museum of Cartago, the Bicentennial Commission, the National Institute of Learning and the National System of Libraries.

The exhibition is part of the project led by the Ministry of Culture and Youth called “Cartographies of the Bicentenary”, which aims to compile and transmit specialised knowledge in an accessible way to groups interested and active in the enhancement of heritage as a factor of development, and responds to the purpose of generating circuits of cultural promotion in alliance with local governments and civil society organisations.

The exhibition will be available to the public free of charge until 21 March 2021.

Briefs – Cultural Agenda

Visual Arts

Take a look at the exhibition of works participating in the Jorge Carvajal Salas Painting Competition. Available until 13 February, at the Centro Cultural e Histórico José Figueres Ferrer, in San Ramón.

Holiday workshops

This Friday 22nd, participate in the holiday workshops at the National Museum of Costa Rica. The activities are virtual and are aimed at children. Check the information on the Facebook page of the National Museum of Costa Rica.


The National Library of Costa Rica invites the general public to the workshop “Musicando la lectura: música, lectura y desarrollo de habilidades lingüísticas”, next Monday 25th January, via Zoom. To register for the workshop, please send an email to:

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