Art in Atlántico
Today, we attended the official inauguration of the new Museo del Atlántico in Barranquilla, a city on the north coast of Colombia, capital city of the department (or state) of Atlántico. The celebration brought forth two exhibitions: a curated show and the permanent collection. Approximately 100 works of uneven quality were shown on two floors of a renovated colonial building which used to belong to an old French family, the Duguand. Picaditas tipicas (Colombian hors-d’oeuvres) were served in the typical congenial atmosphere and it was the moment to renew old friendships such as with Miguel Iriarte, the director of the Aduana (Old custom building) where we had a show many years ago, and the director Maria-Eugenia Castro of the Museum of Modern Art of Barranquilla.
Two of our favourite works were Carlo Restrepo’s Siera Nevada de Santa Marta (aluminium based), and this wounded bitch with her six puppies, a perfect reflection of Colombian poverty, a work which made me forget to take note of the artist (a good sign). As for the Restrepo’s work, it is a very good interpretation of colours and the space of the region, a landscape done differently.
The Department of Atlántico is working hard in bringing cultures to Barranquilla’s old center where crime and poverty are rampant. Let’s hope by bringing art to this extremely interesting part of the city, will bring happiness and on the long run, education, health and wealth.
The Museum is at Call 35 Cra. 39, Barranquilla, Colombia.