Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts | Call for Photography

The National Museum of Fine Arts of Chile (MNBA, by its Spanish acronym) invites the community to participate in the 12th version of the call for Portraits of Memory,  to send their old family photographs (1890 – 1990) in digital format during the month of March. A selection of these images will be on display at the Museum in an exhibition opening on Heritage Day.

What did people do in their spare time? The possibilities are many and the idea behind this year’s theme is to have as varied a sample as possible. Recreational activities, panoramas, games, hobbies or walks; they can be inside or outside the home, alone or accompanied.  

This is the 12th version of Portraits of Memory, a call that invites the public to send in digital format their old photographs, either in black and white or in color, taken between 1890 and 1990. Among the photographs received, the MNBA will make a selection of 200 images, which will be part of an exhibition that will be inaugurated on May 27, Heritage Day.

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Photos will be received between March 1 and 31. To participate, send an email to and follow the instructions to upload the image (maximum two per participant) to the call platform. Those who do not have the means to digitize it can take it to the Museum by calling 24991632.

At you can review images submitted by participants in previous versions, as well as photos from exhibitions and inaugurations.


Who can participate?

Everyone can participate by sending an image captured between 1890 and 1990, which reflects activities or panoramas made during leisure time; games, hobbies or walks, can be inside or outside the home.

Send it from 1 to 31 March 2018. Maximum of two photos per participant (the Museum reserves the right to select).

How do I send my photo?

Write an email to and we will send you a link so that you can upload your photo and your data to the call platform.

If you do not have the means to send it electronically you can bring your analog photo to the Museum to be digitized, prior notice to the phone: 56 – 224991632. Address: José Miguel de la Barra 650, Santiago. Photographs can be in black and white or color (minimum 500 KB).

Exhibition Portraits of Memory

Among the photographs received we will make a selection (approx. 200) that will be exhibited in the Mediation and Education room of the MNBA. The exhibition will open at 12.00 hrs. Sunday 27th May, Heritage Day.



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