The Violeta Parra Museum is the realization of a desire that Isabel and Angel Parra, the artist’s children, who through the Foundation Violeta Parra and after a lot of work, managed to gather the artworks on display today in the Museum, many of which were scattered in different places around the globe due to the generous nature of the artist, who gave them to her friends and acquaintances.
The artistic pieces were given in commodate to the Foundation Violeta Parra Museum, created in 2014, in order to conserve, restore, spread and give value to the legacy of this great Chilean creator.
The building is a public construction financed by the State of Chile, that was inaugurated on the 4th of October, 2015 – 98 years since the birth of the artist- in a ceremony presided by the President Michelle Bachelet. It is a space designed by the architect Cristián Undurraga, which allows a connection with the enormous artistic, social and cultural legacy that Violeta Parra left in Chile and the world.
All areas of the museum are accessible to disabled people. There are access ramps and an elevator.
The museum does not have a parking space for cars or bicycles.
When visiting the museum, people can learn about this outstanding artist who rescued the folklore and traditions of the popular culture.
Through this visit, the museum invites everyone to appreciate the independent style of the artist, as opposed to the standards of the time when the artist made her works.
In its two main halls, burlap works, paintings and paper-mâché are displayed, along with documents and personal belongings of the artist.
When entering the museum you can discover a long ramp, where the invitation is to walk it slowly, to enter in the artist’s universe, through her music and the poem “Defensa de Violeta” (Violeta’s Defense), written by her brother Nicanor.
It’s an intimate area to enter the life and work of Violeta Parra, through valuable audiovisual records and documentaries.
Located on the top floor of the museum, it displays artworks that represent what links Violeta Parra with popular traditions and the laborer and rural world. Here, there are pieces that talk about the importance of cueca (a traditional dance in Chile), of her proximity to the circus and her significant friendships, among others. Her guitarrón is also present, an instrument of Chilean origin, preferably used to interpret songs toward humanity and the divine.
In this area people can encounter the connection of Violeta Parra with religiosity and the spiritual world, always from Chilean folk customs. Crist’s image, faith, celestial issues and death and its rituals –as of ‘El Velorio del Angelito’ (Little Angel’s Wake) – dominate the exhibition, which is complemented with another of the artist’s musical instruments: her harp.
Installation through which the visitors can have a sensorial experience and approach the artist’s music, by voiced areas.
Conceived especially for students, this area has a series of interactive devices which, through music, textures, scents or poetry, allows its visitors to comprehend in a better way the context where the multifaceted Violeta Parra preformed. It’s thought to hold workshops for different educational levels, complementing the guided visits that our cultural mediation staff organizes.
With a capacity for 100 people, the museum’s auditorium is a welcoming and modern place intended for musical events, lectures and other activities. Surrounded by the artist’s works it has a stage and technology that allows presentations with the highest quality standards. All in a privileged location in Santiago’s downtown and immersed in an area with an enormous cultural value.
The Educational Area offers Guided Visits for the General Public in Spanish and English, free of charge, previous reservation and upon availability.
Requirements: groups of 5 and 25 people.
Tuesday to Friday: 9.30; 10.30; 11.30; 12.30; 14.30; 15.30; 16.30 and 17.30.
Saturdays and Sundays: 11.00 and 12.00.
In the 45 minute tour of the museum, visitors will encounter the following areas:
Introduction in a ludic and interactive way, where the visitors will use their five senses to get to know Violeta Parra as a complete artist that left an important cultural heritage. (*Except during workshop hours).
A selection of burlap, oil paintings and paper mâché artworks, where the artist reflects elements of “the cultural tradition and autobiographic themes”, accompanied by music, documents, photos and personal belongings.
A selection of burlap, oil paintings and paper mâché artworks, where the artist highlights the “popular religious character and deep philosophic themes like life or death”, accompanied by music, projections, documents and personal belongings.
The tour ends with a beautiful sensorial experience in the sonorous forest of Violeta Parra. The museum has an inclusive approach and features information translated to the following languages: Mapudungun, English, French and Braille. The building has access ramps and an elevator to facilitate the visit for the disabled.