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New art exhibit at National Gallery

July 11, 2008

The National Gallery is presenting a new art exhibit entitled “II Confrontación en el Arte” (2nd Confrontation in the Arts). The event will showcase the work of 53 consolidated and emerging Costa Rican artists painstakingly selected by renowned artists and museum curators Elizabeth Barquero, Luis Fernando Quirós, Herberth Bolaños, and Manuel Vargas.

Accomplished sculptor, Vargas was in charge of selecting the sculptures on display. Quirós, who specializes in design, selected photography exhibits as well as avant-garde art works. Bolaños selected works featuring ensembles, textiles and the latest trends in contemporary art. Painter Barquero selected the paintings that are on display.

“Confrontación en el Arte covers artists´ need to have an outlet to show their works, so that new talents can share with consolidated ones and where Costa Rican society can appreciate the best of contemporary art,” Barquero explains.

Barquero described the event as a “thermometer” that allows artists and the public in general to analyze the state of art in Costa Rica.

The National Gallery is located in the Children´s Museum (Ca. 4, Ave. 9) in downtown San José. The museum is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

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