Under the government of Salvador Allende the visual arts enjoyed extraordinary popularity in Chile. Between 1970 and 1973 the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes alone hosted over 50 exhibitions ranging from major loans from MoMA New York to popular Chilean craft. This paper will contextualise this boom by exploring developments during the preceding two decades, when ideas about the potential for art to engender social change took root in Chile (in part influenced by the writings of the English art critic, poet and anarchist Herbert Read). In conclusion Valerie Fraser (University of Essex) will briefly address the change of direction after the coup of 1973.

Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS)

Tuesday, 25 October 2011, 6.00 to 7.30pm, Birkbeck, Room 255, Malet Street, London  WC1E 7HX

This event is free and open to all