Three new exhibitions invite you to wander through the corridors of three Josephine museums

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San José, 03 June 2021. This weekend, in the heart of San José, the public will have the opportunity to visit three new exhibitions that the Ministry of Culture and Youth is making available through its museum institutions.

The offer includes the National Museum of Costa Rica, located in the old Bellavista Barracks, with its exhibition “White, blue and red. 1821-2021”; the Museo de Arte Costarricense, located in La Sabana, with the exhibition “Recuperar y reimaginar: Nuevas Adquisiciones 2018-2021”, and the Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, located in the Centro Nacional de la Cultura, with the exhibition “Cubo Negro, Inquieta Imagen 2021”.

Here are the details:

Black Cube, Inquieta Imagen 2021 | Museum of Contemporary Art and Design

“Cubo Negro, Inquieta Imagen 2021”, MADC

Inquieta Imagen is back at the Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo (MADC), this time under the name “Cubo Negro, Inquieta Imagen 2021”, the MADC’s new exhibition, which opened on Thursday, June 3rd and is part of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Costa Rica’s Independence.

Inquieta Imagen is one of the MADC’s best known programmes and is characterised by its biannual continuity and its versatility, as it focuses on video art; but, in the case of Cubo Negro, it also presents other types of languages such as installations, paintings, prints and photographs.

The exhibition Cubo Negro will be available in Room 1 of the Museum, in Room 1.1 and from virtuality in the recently opened Room Ø. This exhibition will be changing every three weeks and will include the participation of different national and international special guests.

Inside the Black Cube. In the centre of Room 1 there will be a cycle of video projections that will change every three weeks with the participation of our guests.

The opening speech will be given by the Costa Rica International Film Festival, which presents Los Ingrávidos, a Mexican experimental art collective that works from anonymity. The Kestner Gesellschaft, located in Hannover, Germany, continues. It is a local art association that stimulates the artistic life of the city with international exhibitions of an alternative and critical nature.

The third guest is an institution that shares a close and essential history with the MADC, TEOR/éTica. Afterwards, MADC will screen videos on equal rights and marginalised populations.

Next, the Brazilian gallery Mendes Wood DM presents a selection of pioneering pieces in video art that reflect the diversity, inequality and richness of a country that has historically been excluded from the Latin American map due to its language differences. The cycle is completed by a self-managed Costa Rican space, as evidence that the MADC is an open, flexible museum that listens to the communities that compose it.

The reading room and reflection of brotherhood. Room 1.1 will begin in Cubo Negro as a reading space with a selection from the Centro Regional de Documentación e Investigación del Arte (CRDIA), which belongs to MADC. Here, visitors will also be able to appreciate an installation by Victoria Cabezas.

For the celebration of the Bicentenary of Independence, Room 1.1 will receive the Salvadoran foundation Y.ES Contemporary, which will reflect the brotherhood between Central American countries.

Travelling South. From virtuality, in Room Ø, available on the MADC’s website, the Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín will participate, putting its radio programme Fundiciones MAMM in dialogue with the MADC’s documentary collections.

Cubo Negro, Inquieta Imagen 2021 will be open to the public from Thursday 03 June to 09 October during the MADC’s regular opening hours, Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:50 p.m.

“Recovering and Reimagining: New Acquisitions 2018-2021” | Museo de Arte Costarricense

Emil Span - Cattleya dowiana aurea. Sin fecha (primera mitad del siglo XX) - Óleo sobre lienzo - Museo de Arte Costarricense. Traslado del Liceo de Costa Rica, 2020 - Foto Rafael Venegas.

The new exhibition “Recovering and Reimagining: New Acquisitions 2018-2021” opened its doors this June at the Museo de Arte Costarricense (MAC). The exhibition brings together a group of works of art that are incorporated into the national patrimony, grouped by artists and thematic nuclei.

Recovering and re-imagining is presented as a tour of works by multiple artists, through thematic axes such as politics and power, works by great masters, symbolic portraits, landscapes, erotica and others.

This MAC exhibition, comprising 135 works in a wide variety of formats and techniques, aims to show the results of the important, and often invisible, technical and administrative work involved in the conservation and enrichment of Costa Rica’s most important collection of visual arts.

Many of the pieces in the exhibition have been transferred between institutions as a result of the project Gestión de Colecciones Estatales, through which the MAC, since 2018, has sought to organise public visual arts collections. In this way, the institution recovers and enhances the value of important works of state heritage. After numerous refurbishments and improvements made to the works by the MAC, it is now possible to appreciate them in better conditions, ensuring their enjoyment and conservation.

The exhibition is on display in the building of the former La Sabana Airport, located in the Metropolitan Park, today home to the Costa Rican Art Museum. Admission and visitor parking are free; you can visit the MAC from Tuesday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To reserve your ticket, call: 4060-2315, Wednesday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“White, blue and red. 1821-2021” | National Museum of Costa Rica

“White, blue and red. 1821-2021” is the name of the exhibition alluding to the Commemoration of 200 years of Costa Rican Independence that the National Museum of Costa Rica and the University of Costa Rica opened this week.

It is a historical journey of 200 years, told from the cultural, social, sporting, artistic and student manifestations, among others, typical of the Costa Rican idiosyncrasy and the changes that were generated, both in the first and second century of history, and that shows a broader perspective of how the celebration of the date has been built over time.

Exposición “Blanco, azul y rojo. 1821-2021”, Museo Nacional de Costa Rica.

The exhibition displays more than 60 objects selected from the collections of the National Museum of Costa Rica, the University of Costa Rica, the Juan Santamaría Historical and Cultural Museum, the Museums of the Central Bank of Costa Rica, as well as the National Archives of Costa Rica. It also has a series of panels with historical information from the last two centuries about the independence, caricatures alluding to historical, cultural and anecdotal facts related to this date, newspaper covers, illustrations and more.

Among the objects on display are several swords worn by high-ranking members of the Costa Rican army who participated in the 1856 and 1857 National Campaign against the filibusters. There are also paintings from the 19th century with panoramic views of the capital city from different perspectives, as well as photographs and caricatures alluding to the date of Independence.

The exhibition space is divided into two sections: the first covers the first century of Independence and deals with the conformation of the State; while the second part concentrates on the different forms of celebration of the greatest national festivity during the last century.

The exhibition will be open to the public for a whole year during the National Museum’s regular opening hours, from Tuesday to Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In addition, by the end of June 2021, the exhibition will be available on the website of the National Museum of Costa Rica, which will include high quality photos of the objects on display, information about the panels and 6 audios of iconic moments that the exhibition rescues.

Briefs – Cultural Agenda


The Museum of Contemporary Art and Design invites you to observe the conversation “Central America at the centre of the world”, with the participation of Alexandra Ortiz, Leonardo Santamaría and Daniel Soto. This Thursday, June 3, at 6 p.m., through MADC’s YouTube channel.


Enjoy the presentation of new hits of Afro-descendant popular music, by the Limón Concert Band. This Friday, June 4th, at 4 p.m., through the Limón Concert Band Facebook.


The Colegio de Costa Rica opened the XI Call for Grants for the Promotion of Literary Arts 2021, aimed at creators, managers and independent artistic groups, to compete with projects that demonstrate significant impact for the literary arts, reading and the book industry. For full details of the call, visit the website:


The Alajuela Concert Band presents the Sunday Music Concert this coming June 6, at 10 a.m. via streaming, through its Facebook profile Banda de Conciertos de Alajuela.

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