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Costa Rica culture exhibit in U.S. museum

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Published on Tuesday, September 12, 2023
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A new exhibit opening in the Arts District on Santa Fe at Museo de las Americas located in Denver, Colorado, U.S.A., is featuring objects from the Museum's collection and contemporary Costa Rican art breaks away from the traditional, peaceful paradise label. 

For those living in Denver, the “Costa Rica: Long Live Peace and Labor” will be on display from Sept. 14 to Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024, with an opening reception on Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. 

The museum's operating hours are Tuesday-Friday, from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m.

Executive Director Claudia Moran describes the exhibit as “a great opportunity for Museo to connect Costa Rican objects from our Ancient American collection to artists who represent a contemporary vision of Costa Rica, including its achievements and challenges."

Curated by Costa Ricans Mauricio Cruz and Maria Paula Morera Nuñez, the exhibit features six international artists and two artist collectives working in a variety of artistic mediums including fashion, sculpture, textile art, painting, photography, video, installation, and mixed media.

These contemporary works will be displayed alongside Costa Rican artifacts from the Museum's collection, illustrating the breadth of Costa Rican art. 

Co-curator Morera Nuñez emphasizes this, stating that the exhibition pays “homage to the talent and dedication to the different art mediums.” 

Fellow curator Cruz, who has worked with many artists from diverse backgrounds, describes the artists as “having very strong points of view, and, amazingly, we can celebrate their work.”

Although Costa Rica is known for its anti-militarist stance and as a destination for ecotourism, its citizens also experience social struggles not often realized outside the country. The artists and museum collections unite to reveal Costa Rica’s historical spectrum.

The museum invites locals to explore the conflicting realities of Costa Rica through this thought-provoking exhibition. "Costa Rica: Long Live Peace and Labor" is a must-see for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of this beautiful and complex country," they said in its statement.

This exhibit is sponsored by the Tragen Family Trust, Alpine Bank, the Scientific, Cultural, and Facilities District and Colorado Creative Industries/National Endowment for the Arts.

Museo de las Americas is the first Latin American Art Museum of the U.S. Rocky Mountain region. The place is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting the diverse arts and culture of the Americas, from ancient to contemporary.

Which other museum should Costa Rica give an exhibition about its culture?  We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com