Museo de Bellas Artes celebra los 60 años del legendario Taller 99

With an exhibition of 99 engravings by renowned, established and budding artists, a tribute to Roser Bru, lectures, a live workshop and several other activities, the Beaux-Arts Museum will celebrate and highlight artists and the historic legacy of the space founded by Nemesio Antúnez.

From July 20th to September 24th, Diálogos de encuentro: 60 años del Taller 99 will be presented at the Beaux-Arts Museum, a sample will address the history of the legendary workshop, the seedbed of many important names in the Chilean art world that marked the development of a modern concept of engravings.

The exhibition encompasses traditional engravings, printing techniques like serigraphy, digital techniques, offset, interventions and mixed-media and a collective archive that bounds the history with the current endeavors of the workshop.

Since 1961, with El cantar de los cantares, Taller 99 has been nurturing the idea of carrying out joint works in a collective archive, an encounter that involves reflections on the trade, where the fundamental idea behind the workshop’s founding is reflected. The archive, 99 miradas en torno al Taller 99, gives the line of work continuity with an emphasis on the current workshop.

The sample also includes a tribute to Nemesio Antúnez and Roser Bru, acknowledging and thanking them for their role as the fundamental motors in the establishment of the meaning and the spirit of Taller 99.

Among the activities of the anniversary, there will be a lecture and a live workshop and, at the same time, one of its portfolios will be exhibited at the workshop’s gallery at Calle Zañartu.

The celebration will continue in October with an exhibition at the Campus Santiago of the Talca University, entitled T/99 dos mil dieciséis.

Alongside the exhibitions, the celebration will include research projects on the history of Taller 99, the cataloguing of archives, the compilation and recording of all of Roser Bru’s engraving work and a historic audiovisual documentary, aiming to highlight its artists and the six decades that the workshops has remained relevant in the national art scene.

Taller 99: A contribution to Chilean visual arts

Founded in 1956 by Nemesio Antúnez, Taller 99, located at the Guardia Vieja de Providencia house, was created under the concept of generating a similar experience to William Hayter’s Atelier 17 in the United States and in Paris, through a collaborative, experimental and training-oriented work system.

Antúnez’s integrating point of view allowed him to accommodate a wide range of styles and productions techniques, as long as they maintained a connection to engravings.

Thus, an eclectic art scene was created with artists linked to the popular expression of the peasantry like Santos Chávez, or artists from the upcoming art scene in Concepción like Eduardo Vilches and Perdro Millar.

Some of the most renowned artists that participated in the workshop have been Roser Bru, Dinora Doudtchitzky, Ricardo Yrarrázabal, Juan Downey, Lea Kleiner, Jaime Cruz and Mario Toral, among others.

Nemesio Antúnez’s management as head of the Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Beaux-Arts Museum allowed the space to be filled with life and great protagonism, an unprecedented situation.

Moreover, some of the participants of the workshop composed the teaching body of the budding Art School of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, located at the main campus of the institution during 1958.

Taller 99 succeeded in greatly advancing Chilean visual arts, a crucial actor of the country’s art scene and that is a part of Chile’s cultural and immaterial heritage.

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