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“Beautiful Building”

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This museum is home to one of the world's largest collections of paintings, sculptures and tapestries of renowned artist Jean Lucrat.
Dublin, Ireland
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“Beautiful Building”
Reviewed March 30, 2014

Today we started our day by visiting two museums that are very close to our apartment: the Fine Arts Museum and the Contemporary Arts Museum. In terms of National Museums, these are small but very beautiful neo-classical buildings. They are located in the long riverside Parque Forrestal. Their internal exhibition space is limited to less than a dozen rooms, but their entranceways and foyers are vast and open to dome-ceilings and quite dramatic. The actual exhibitions, however, were a bit of a disappointment. Neither of the museums seems to have much of a ‘permanent’ collection. The Fine Arts museum exhibition was titled: A Lyrical Quality of Lasting Charm: American and Chilean Painting at the Centenary of Chile, 1910. It contained a few interesting paintings but nothing remarkable. Just walking around the building, however, was worth the small admission price.

Visited March 2014
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Sao Paulo, SP
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“Nice building, exclent guided tour”
Reviewed March 18, 2014 via mobile

The building is from the beginning from XX century. The main exhibitions were closed, it will open in a few weeks.
I took a guided tour for free to see the temporary exhibition. The guide was very knowlegeable and the works impressive, mainly the installtion from Antonio Becerro: encontraron cielo, that begins outside the museum and finishes in one room. It is a critic about the dogs that leaves on the streets.

Visited March 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“No fine art”
Reviewed March 17, 2014 via mobile

Do not be fooled! This gallery is NOT a fine art museum - they only have poor copies of old statues. This is a contemporary art museum, with not that many pieces of art in it. The quality ranged from poor to fairly good, with a huge meh! factor. Sundays are free, which is merciful, but the gallery or museum itself is a nice building. The pre-Columbian art museum is by far the best alternative in Santiago, definitely do not pay for the fine art one - it is simply not worth it.

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Palatine, Illinois
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“Interesting building, not very impressive art, lots of construction”
Reviewed February 12, 2014

The museum is in transition with a lot of construction and renovation going on. Current public restrooms are porta-pottys.
The main gallery is a lovely old building with a big staircase. There is not a lot of art and what they had when I was there was not particularly impressive. There are temporary exhibits so it depends on what's showing but the permanent collection was not memorable.

Visited February 2014
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Brisbane, Australia
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“World class contemporary art exhibitions”
Reviewed January 22, 2014

We visited the Museum on January 16th 2014 and were highly impressed from the moment we paid the 600 pesos entry fee. Despite the fact that much of the permanent gallery space is currently closed for renovations the several spaces that were open presented a captivating and stimulating selection of contemporary Chilean art including the beautiful Chile Vencera textile banner which was hung in London in the 1970s. Antonio Becarro's two installations honouring the stray dogs of Santiago were totally thrilling, partiicularly the blue room. The video of Raul Miranda were like fabulous short stories: I could have sat through several showings of each; and the retrospective of Tito Calderon's incredible pencil drawings : from death to madness is a fascinating insight into one man's response to the dictatorship of Pinochet. Cafe staff was very helpful and friendly with good English.

Visited January 2014
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