Galeria Arte Nacional

National Gallery of Art

In October 1974, the National Institute of Culture and Fine Arts (Inciba) approves the proposed establishment of the National Art Gallery (GAN), whose objective will be, in future, the preservation, study and dissemination of the memory of the arts visual in Venezuela.

According to resolution of the then newly established National Cultural Council (Conac), and thanks to the initiative of Miguel Otero Silva, Alejandro Otero and Manuel Espinoza, founding director of the new institution, began its activities in April 1976 in the former headquarters Museum of Fine Arts. From this moment, the National Art Gallery begins a process of deep and serious concern for the institutional Venezuelan art of all times, and is committed to raising awareness about the importance of preserving cultural property of the nation . Since 2005 the National Art Gallery is attached to the National Museums Foundation.

The National Art Gallery has the task of safeguarding the national heritage plastic through research, collection, preservation, promotion and dissemination of visual arts in Venezuela of all time, as well as the work of artists associated with the artistic Venezuelan to strengthen the identity and citizenship and contribute to the cultural development of balanced society. Additionally, the product of the renewed spirit of the international museum, the National Art Gallery of early actions to be projected as a cultural center integrator, revolving around the central core of its mission, make possible a greater link with a variety of groups, communities and individuals sensitive to the culture in general and the continued construction of national cultural identity. From this standpoint, the public of the institution to put them in part of his important mission.

The building

The National Art Gallery was inaugurated in the oldest part of the headquarters of the Museum of Fine Arts, works built by the architect Venezuelan Carlos Raul Villanueva and inaugurated in 1938.

The portico access to the building, marked by four columns, is the point from which will open two side walls arranged in the form of colonnades. It will house three reliefs Narvaéz Francisco, the first modern sculptor in the country, who represent allegorical female figures in the painting, sculpture and architecture. Inside a corridor perimeter open fan-shaped skirts the courtyard. All around and along a single level develops a system of panels that are presented as a succession of empty balanced, pure, bathed in light and ready as enclosures.

The new headquarters

One of the most profound institutional aspirations of the National Art Gallery is the construction of a headquarters of their own. In principle, the proposed new home of the museum would be located in the so-called Cultural Park of Caracas, which will be located between the sectors of El Calvario and Caño Yellow of the capital city and whose basic approach was born in 1977, giving rise to a provision municipal use in 1978. For this area, a group of architects Venezuelans, comprising Oscar Tenreiro, Francisco Sesto and Manuel Delgado, performed a complex blueprint that included the new headquarters of the National Art Gallery. The models and drawings of this project competed in the International Biennial of Architecture of Buenos Aires 1985, getting the award Bronze Cube, one of the six winners of this sample, however, the bill was put into effect.

In 1988, new emphasis is taken up with the project and began construction of the new headquarters of the institution. Today the National Art Gallery faces the challenge of his next move, whose urgency and necessity, due to increased collections and activities, has been undertaken with special emphasis on the National Executive. The new building and the first headquarters of the National Art Gallery, was designed by architect Carlos Gomez de Llarena and is located within the Joint Park Paseo Vargas, on land bounded on the north by Mexico Avenue and south on Avenida Bolivar.





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