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Panama City has been invaded by art. The reason is the “Biennial of the South” which has placed art at the center of action around town in public places. Some 300 national and international artists are participating.
Under the motto “Summoning Worlds” (Emplazando Mundos), it is part of the celebration of the Fifth Centennial since the Discovery of the Pacific Ocean by Spanish conquistador Vasco Nuñez de Balboa. The event will continue until Thursday, May 30.
Here are some of the exhibitions to be visited: Contemporary Art at Figali
Inside the Figali Convention Center on Amador Causeway is a grand exposition of contemporary art by 80 national and international artists. There are installations, photography, video and new media. The exhibition is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday opening hours are from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Entrance is free.
Public art in Casco Antiguo
Murals by artists from Spain and Mexico can be appreciated at Plaza Catedral. An installation by an Italian artist on Plaza Bolivar as well sculptural installations on Plaza de Francia can be seen too. A mural has been done at the School of the Republic of Mexico.
Viacrucis – The Passion of Christ
At the Interoceanic Canal Museum in Casco Antiguo there are 27 large oil paintings and 34 drawings from Colombian artist Fernando Botero’s latest series “El Víacrusis”. They can be viewed from Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $5, $4 for retirees, $3 for students, $2 for children between 5 to 12 years and free for children younger than five years.
Between Love and Ecstasy
The Spanish artist Isabel Muñoz is showing her photography and video serie s“Between Love and Ectasy.” The exhibition is at the Anita Villalaz Theatre in Casco Antiguo, at the National Institute of Culture (INAC) headquarters.
Four Great Masters
At Casa Gongora in Casa Antiguo, drawings, paintings and sculptures can be seen. The work of the four artists Ana Mercedes Hoyos, David Manzur, Takashi Yukawa and Fabelo are on display.
Other venues for the Biennial of the South include the reverted areas of the Xuma Halls, the Convent of Santo Domingo in Panama Viejo, the Miraflores Visitor Center on the Panama Canal, Tocumen International Airport and The City of Knowledge. In Casco Antiguo exhibitions are also at the National Theatre, the Juan Manuel Cedeña Gallery and Arco Chato.
For a complete list of artists and more information visit www.bienaldelsurpanama.com.