Municipal Museum of Cartago: Exhibition of works by Carmen Naranjo begins its journey to 200 years of Independence

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  • Free exhibition will be open to the public from Tuesday 19 January to 21 March, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in accordance with Ministry of Health protocols

    More than 120 works made with nibs, crayons and pencils make up the exhibition “From the Word to the Image. Carmen Naranjo, una apreciación plástica”, which opens from January 19th to March 21st, in the Cartago Municipal Museum. The works that make up the exhibition portray the way in which Carmen Naranjo perceived her natural and urban environment and her relationship with living beings.
Fotografía: Exposición “De la Palabra a la Imagen. Carmen Naranjo, una apreciación plástica”. Fundación Carmen Naranjo y Museo Municipal de Cartago

The work of Naranjo, who was Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, will be exhibited free of charge and is suitable for all audiences; her plastic work will be accompanied by some of her writings and poetry.

The exhibition “From the Word to the Image. Carmen Naranjo, a plastic appreciation”, will be accompanied by a cultural agenda, with emphasis on the historical Costa Rican edition, the historical heritage of Cartago and the El Guarco Valley.

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

Fotografía: Exposición “De la Palabra a la Imagen. Carmen Naranjo, una apreciación plástica”. Fundación Carmen Naranjo y Museo Municipal de Cartago

The legacy of Carmen Naranjo. The exhibition opens in the city and, in the month that saw the birth of Naranjo: Cartago. Virginia Borloz Soto, president of the Carmen Naranjo Foundation, explained that the purpose of the exhibition is to promote knowledge of the writer’s work. “Carmen Naranjo is a figure who stood out in literature, culture and national politics. In addition, she developed graphic works, which we wish to make known to the Costa Rican population,” said Borloz.

“Naranjo was admiration and amazement; a master in the handling of words, language and a creator of meaning,” added Borloz.

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

Sylvie Durán, Minister of Culture and Youth said that “the ‘Bicentennial Cartographies’ project deepens the work we have been doing together with the Costa Rican Tourism Institute in the area of integrated management of tourist destinations and also strengthens the cultural inventory processes that we carry out from several of our institutions. In addition, it enables us to work on the confluence between education and tourism, which is the basis of a proposal for territorial planning in which the country’s cultural elements and identities are considered a central part of local development”.

Durán added that “in this year of commemoration of 200 years of Independence, in which we also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ministry of Culture and Youth (MCJ), we seek to consolidate indispensable tools for a robust cultural policy that facilitates the articulation of the sector with its natural allies: education, tourism, urban planning and local development, which today, more than ever, are indispensable for its reactivation and sustainability.

“With this commitment, we join the effort of the Carmen Naranjo Foundation to preserve the legacy of a figure like Carmen Naranjo who, together with the founding figures of the MCJ, was a pioneer and committed to her time. In this sense, Doña Carmen was especially interested in preserving the country’s heritage, in the decentralisation of culture and the appropriation of memory,” the minister concluded.


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