Thirty Days of Fun
text: María Soledad Ramírez
A detail from Fernando Botero’s Jesús y la multitud, oil on canvas, 2010, 81 x 106 cm.
Through August 8
Via Crucis, The Passion of Christ: This is the last month to see Fernando Botero’s exhibit at the Museo de Antioquia, part of the celebration of the famed Colombian painter’s 80th birthday. The show consists of 27 oil paintings and 33 drawings, which come straight from New York’s Marlborough Gallery. This is the first time they have been exhibited outside the gallery and the only time they have been shown in Latin America.
Admission from: US$5.50
Through July 5
Of Frequencies and Epiphanies: There are just a few days left to visit this exhibit from Eugenio Cuttica at the Museo Emilio Caraffa in the city of Córdoba, Argentina. With more than 60 works on display, this pictorial, sculptural and audiovisual mega-production traces Cuttica’s artistic career, from his beginnings in Buenos Aires to his present day residency in New York. The artist also presents his latest book.
Admission from: US$2.23
Through July 29
Nicanor Plaza, Master Sculptor: The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes presents the first exhibit dedicated to this sculptor, considered the father of the discipline in Chile. The show features 30 works, including classic pieces, busts, reliefs, medallions and paintings that give a sense of the artist’s legacy and show his influence on national sculptors in the late-19th and early-20th century, as well as his contributions to public works.
Admission from: US$1.20
Through September 2012
Pop, Realism and Politics, Brazil – Argentina: This exhibit highlights the diverse expressions of pop art, realism and “political art” in Brazil and Argentina. Iconic images like the Coca-Cola logo and the face of Che Guevara reveal ideas specific to the era, shared by many artists. Featuring works by Cildo Meireles, Jorge de la Vega, Claudio Tozzi, Hélio Oiticica, Marta Minujín, Antonio Dias, Rubens Gerchman, Glauco Rodrigues, Antonio Berni and many others.
Through July 22
Common Tales: Cuenca artist Tomás Ochoa presents this project at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito, the first retrospective of his work to be shown in Ecuador. Ochoa’s artistic mission is also a cultural and political project, in which he aspires to reveal “that which the visual nature of power has rendered invisible, drawing attention to people and recording events that would otherwise disappear anonymously in time.”
Through July 31
Circumstance and Ambiguity of Color: Works from Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz Diez, one of the most notable representatives of optical art. The exhibit features his chromo-interference environments and examples of his “Physicromies” and “Transchromies.”
July 18 – 21
Patagonia International Jazz Festival: For the first time, this festival will be held in the city of Frutillar on the shores of Lago Llanquihue, more than 600 miles south of Santiago, Chile. Twenty jazz musicians from Chile and abroad will perform, including notables like Paquito D’Rivera, singer Hilary Kole and pianist Freddy Cole.
Tickets from: US$9
Río de Janeiro
July 13 & 14
Gal Costa: The Brazilian singer presents her latest album, Recanto, a mix of Brazilian pop music (MPB), rock and electronic influences. Caetano Veloso wrote all the songs on the album and shared production duties with his son, Moreno Veloso, both of whom are good friends with Costa. Highlights include new songs like “Madre Deus” and “Mansidão,” as well as classics like “Da Maior Importância,” “Divino maravilhoso” and “Folhetim.”
Tickets from: US$25
Showtime: 10 p.m.
Buenos Aires, Asunción, Santiago, Lima
July 27, 29, 31 & August 2
Maroon 5: With Gold and Triple Platinum albums under their belts, this California band led by Adam Levine is on tour in support of their most recent album, Overexposed. Their Latin America performances will feature songs from this new album, as well as past hits like “Moves Like Jagger” and “This Love.”
Through July 15
Ocho Mujeres: In a manor house on the outskirts of Paris, surrounded by an immense forest, a businessman lives with his wife, two daughters, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, housekeeper, young maid, plus his visiting sister. When he is found dead, an investigation produces unexpected results. A translation of the original French play titled 8 Femmes.
Showtimes: Wednesday through Sunday, 8 p.m.
El Día de los Muertos: This play will chill you to the bone. During 40 minutes, the audience explores 13 stages in an old mansion in Bogotá’s Palermo neighborhood, taking in the story of the old priest who lives there forgotten by the world, an investigating journalist and his mysterious disappearance.
Showtimes: Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.
Los 39 Escalones: Directed by Manuel González Gil and starring Fabián Gianola, Fabián Mazzel, Laura Oliva and Nicolás Scarpino, this production of The 39 Steps – the classic thriller by writer John Buchan and director Alfred Hitchcock – receives a theatrical adaptation courtesy of Patrick Barlow. The play has been a worldwide hit on Broadway as well as in London, Madrid and other cities around the globe.
Tickets from: US$22
July 6 –15
Expolibro, Feria del libro Ecuador: The seventh edition of this Ecuadorian cultural event brings together writers, publishers, distributors, booksellers and readers. This year’s book fair features more than 120 activities, with the participation of some 130 writers and an estimated 250,000 visitors.
July 24 – 26
Colombia Moda: The latest fashion trends are on display at this important Colombian fair. The event is divided into three main areas: runways featuring impressive shows from top Colombian and international designers; the commercial display, with a number of exhibitors from different fields; and the Pabellón del Conocimiento, which offers talks and conferences. Check the Website for schedules and prices.
July 6 – 8
ExpoF11 2012: For the first time, Chile hosts this soccer-centric fair, which features 50 themed stands, famous soccer players like Brazil’s Falcão and a variety of sports brands. Visitors can explore 129,000 square feet filled with exhibits dedicated to indoor, beach, tennis ball and street soccer.