|I almost had a coffee here one day|
In 1927 he went to New York and painted some hauntingly powerful images inspired by the misery witnessed during the Great Depression. He remained in the Big Apple for the rest of his life dabbling in surrealism and in the 1950's returning to indigenous themes with cubism. Egas' entire body of work is quite impressive and deserves to be recognized with his European contemporaries. Maybe because I am American and not indigenous it is his images from his early days in New York (see below) that affected me the most.
This museum is dedicated to the life's work of the Quito born, world famous artist, Oswaldo Guayasamin (1919-1999). From the Guayasamin Fundacion website:
[Guayasamin's] humanist work, marked as expressionist, reflects the pain and misery that the larger part of humanity has endured, and denounces the violence that every human being has had to live with in this monstrous 20th. century marked by world wars, civil wars, genocide, concentration camps, dictatorships, and tortures.
This museum sits high atop a hill in a posh neighborhood of Quito. The entrance fee is a whopping $4, higher than any other place I have been to in Quito. There is a large collection of pre-Colombian art from the artist's personal collection, a colonial art room with some shabby, old religious statues and two galleries dedicated to the work of Guayasamin with many of his large oil paintings. Follow the link below to the foundation's website to see images of Guayasamin's very powerful series "The Hands."
The museum also has a gift shop selling signed limited edition prints by Guayasamin himself. An art collector I am not, but I am very tempted to buy one. The lady tells me they are running out and it is not every day you can buy a piece of art from a nation's most famous artist for a few hundred bucks. A black & white print is cheaper than going to the Galapagos Islands for five days. One problem: Mika and I do not have any walls at the moment or in the near, foreseeable future.
|A sneaky peek inside the gallery|
|Outside the museum with a postcard purchased at the gift shop|
So as you can see, there is much to do in Quito.
|Free art is fun|