Francisca Benítez, Patricio Gil Flood, Claudia Joskowicz, Martin La Roche, Cristóbal Lehyt, Felipe Mujica, Mario Navarro, Alejandra Prieto, Enrique Ramírez, Nicolás Rupcich, Johanna Unzueta, Grace Weinrib
Since its founding in Santiago de Chile in 2003, Die Ecke Arte Contemporáneo has formed a distinct idea of how a Latin American gallery should operate, linking a commercial aim to an ideological vision.
Founder and director Paul Birke states that he aspires to support artistic production in Chile and preserve the country’s cultural heritage by encouraging private and institutional collectorship.
Although Die Ecke focuses on marketing and supporting its artists, providing a platform for collaboration and discourse is also one of the main goals of the gallery. Die Ecke, located in the blossoming, artsy neighborhood of Barrio Italia, has become an important venue for the post-dictatorship generation of artists who have distinguished themselves in the more globalized environment by developing new artistic practices through international exchange.
Die Ecke’s critical acclaim inspired the opening of a satellite space in Barcelona, Spain in 2010. The gallery presents regular exhibitions of contemporary Chilean artists to the European audience in the neighborhood of Gràcia.
From Thu. 17th to Sat. 19th Sept. / 10 am - 8 pm;
Sun. 20th Sept. / 10 am - 3 pm
Mario Navarro addresses especially the deterioration of the ideas of the left of the last century, through the
figure of the American singer, actor and activist Dean Reed (1936-1988).
Dean Reed, who represents the figure of the socialist hero (for his admiration for the socialist ideas of the 20th century), is critically approached, delving into the sentimental nature of his biography through his relationship with popular culture, especially with music and also with films, mainly of the genre of "Spagetti Western" in which he starred.
This precarious relationship between sentimentality and politics is manifested in the material nature of the works present in the exhibition, which move between the graphic design that illustrates the activities of Dean Reed, passing through the remixing of popular songs in Chile during his visits; geographical indications of their movements around the world and objects that highlight
their link with North American and Chilean culture.
Mario Navarro (Santiago de Chile, 1970) is part of a group of artists who visit history worrying about certain political events with a poetic-aesthetic component that highlights and characterizes them, so it can be said that in the medium term they can be part of a scene that will be articulated late, because it takes time to be able to coin it.