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Lima, Peru
by Mili DC Hartinger
Under the cloudy sky of the coast of Peru lies Lima - a city that has overcome its grayish hue with its flavors, sounds, and visual
expression. This is a city where waiting for a green light can become a dance show or attending an exhibit can also mean visit-
ing a beautiful monumental house.
Over the past few years galleries and cultural events have been emerging in our capital. To speak of the art scene in Lima, we
must begin with the Museo de Arte en Lima or MALI. MALI is home to the work of great Peruvian artists throughout history.
It is of Neo-Renaissance style architecture, surrounded by a multitude of gardens and statues. It was built in 1869 with the
purpose of hosting the first art exhibit in Lima. Their permanent collection includes graphic pieces by Camilo Blas, to name
just one example, as well as pieces dated 3,000 years back. Here, we can also find the photographs of the late Martin Chambi
from the early 1900s.
Regarding contemporary art, Barranco is known for being the artists’ district. Here we can find historic houses that are now
galleries, such as Lucia de la Puente and the Museo de Osma. The Museo de Osma was built originally as a house in the early
1900s, and is now known for being not only one of the most beautiful and well kept houses in Barranco, but also for its vice-
regal art collection. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, or MAC, has recently opened its doors to the public with the objective of
promoting artists and their art. In the corner of Pedro de Osma street is “MATE,” an art gallery focused on the work of globally
recognized Mario Testino. Currently the gallery is exhibiting Testino’s “Todo o Nada.” Another gallery near this area is 35-year-
old Forum, which has hosted the exhibits of many artists, including the famous Fernando de Szyszlo. 
Photography is a growing art in Peru. Every year in August the Centro de la Imagen hosts Lima Photo. This is an international
exhibition of galleries specializing in photography. It is a great event where the work of diverse artists come together for us to
appreciate, enjoy and also learn about the artistic trends happening in other parts of the world. In 2012, the city also hosted
of the Bienal de Fotografía. During this time, Lima became the place where multiple international photography exhibits, work-
shops and lectures were held. 
Lima is the past and the present. With the passing of each day there are more talented artists and worthy galleries. It’s a place
to grow and discover.
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