Museo de la Solidaridad
Since the return to constitutional government, the Museo de la Solidaridad (República 475, tel. 02/6817542, www.mssa.cl) has moved several times. It now appears to have settled into permanent quarters in what was once the Spanish Embassy and later, ironically enough, belonged to Pinochet’s notorious DINA secret police. Hours are 10 a.m.–7 p.m. daily except Monday; admission is free.
Many of the works in this contemporary-art museum, created in 1971 with donations by artists who identified with Chile’s Marxist experiment, spent 17 years of military dictatorship in anonymous storage. Among those represented are Roberto Matta, Joan Miró, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Alexander Calder; despite the artists’ leftist sympathies, few of those works are explicitly political.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Chile, 2nd edition