Orientation trips
The Mondriaan Fund organises orientation trips for visual artists and mediators to Asia, Latin America and Africa since 2004. The trips are aimed at exchange and cooperation between visual art professionals.

In the afternoon we visited the second building of Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC). Guided by Carola Chacon and Andrea Pacheco we got an inside into Quinta Normal, a former hospital currently being renovated. The rough and spacious “salas” on the first floor are inviting for experimental and younger art and four rooms are permanently designed to present the moving image. Carola and Andrea have a clear vision to bring life into the institution. The bright lighted central room with an open terrace will be the future social space for lectures and talks, but people will also be able to hang out and meet, or to read on and offline. MAC 2, as we called it, is located directly at Av. Matucana and has many little thematic museums in the neighborhood. It sounds like a promising future for this part of the city, but there are also concerns that the village-like quality of the barrio will soon suffer from gentrification. Nevertheless, next weekend Quinto Normal will be the place to be for some 40 artists residencies from all over Chile, who will present their programs and discuss future collaborations. We all felt a bit sorry that we will not able to join, but asked to receive details of the newly designed website with all residencies listed.

In the evening Ch.ACO15 opened its doors in a former historic train station with around 30 galleries from Chile, Latin America and one from the Netherlands (tegenboschvanvreden). In previous years energetic founder Irene Abujatum from AVA Gallery has not only organized the official fair but also Ch.Aco Off, the little sister with some independent art spaces from Santiago.

The section is now called Pop-Up Spaces and includes next to off spaces and artists collectives also small publishing ventures like Zaguán Arte y Libros. Since the first edition seven years ago the fair developed an interest in art for a growing number of collectors.

The art organisation Antenna, which smoothly organized our network evening at the MAVI with music and delicous food, arranged several guided tours. Globalisation reached the fair with a group of MoMA collectors in town and other international guests (like us). Curator Pablo León de la Barra for example acquired a set of Paz Errázuriz color photographs for the Guggenheim UBS MAP collection.

Thomas Seelig