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43 Salón (inter) Nacional de Artistas
In early March 2013, Medellín was named "the world's most innovative city" in a competition organized by the non-profit Urban Land Institute supported by the Wall Street Journal and the banking group Citi. 200 cities competed for the recognition, nominated according to criteria ranging from liveability and infrastructure to education and culture.
From 6 September to 3 November 2013 Medellín hosts the 43rd edition of the (Inter) National Salon of Artists, Colombia's main event of contemporary visual arts, featuring more than 100 Colombian and foreign artists. It is an initiative of the Ministry of Culture, working in partnership with the Secretary of Civic Culture of the Municipality of Medellín.
The first edition of the Salón took place in 1940 and, since then, it has been renewed conceptually in several occasions. The 43 Salón (inter) Nacional de Artistas introduces a change to the name that has been maintained following the tradition. By joining (inter), it acknowledges a strengthened link towards the international art scene, a shift in focus that already begun in the Salon’s two most recent editions. The idea is that the Salon becomes a place where local, national and international artistic expressions meet up and engage in a rich dialogue.
Conceptual framework of the 43SNA
The curatorship of the 43rd National Salon of Artists functions on the basis of two conceptual approaches: Saber Desconocer; saber, the importance of tradition, territory, and knowledge developed in one place; and desconocer, the need to escape from place and the quest for the unknown.
The 43SNA is comprised of several collective exhibitions and a series of individual projects as special commissions.
Medellín Museum of Modern Art
Museum of Antioquia
Edificio Antioquia (Antigua Naviera Grancolombiana)
In addition, other places in the city host public artworks, like in the case of the Botanical Garden.
Activities during the 43SNA
- Conversations with artists and experts
- Qualification in criticism and cultural journalism
- School of guides
- Program of mediation laboratories
Partner institutions: Centro Colombo Americano, Fundación Arteria, Museo de Antioquia, Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín, and Museo de la Universidad de Antioquia.
(From press information)
Ministerio de Cultura
Carrera 8 No. 8 - 43
Alcaldía de Medellín
Calle 44 N 52 – 165
Ministry of Culture
Amanda de Beaufort
Press kit available at: www.43sna.com
General public information:
Ministry of Culture
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