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On June 21st, CEPM, Evergo, Casa de Campo and Altos de Chavón inaugurated the highly anticipated exhibition of Dominican Meninas in Altos de Chavón, Casa de Campo. This historic event marks the first time these extraordinary works of art are showcased together and in this iconic location, providing Dominicans and tourists alike with the opportunity to appreciate their beauty and significance.
With its cobbled streets, Mediterranean architecture, and culturally rich history, Altos de Chavón provides the perfect backdrop, complementing the Dominican Meninas in a picturesque and captivating environment.
“The opening of this exhibition signifies a significant milestone in the country’s cultural landscape and reaffirms our companies’ commitment to sustainable development and the promotion of our national identity. We are thrilled to offer our community the opportunity to enjoy and connect with these valuable works of art,” expressedCarlos Rodríguez, Senior Manager of Corporate Affairs and Marketing at CEPM and Evergo.
“The idea of exhibiting the Meninas in Altos de Chavón originated from Taina Almodóvar, a native of La Romana and a graduate of the Altos de Chavón School of Design, who wanted this significant artwork to visit her hometown and alma mater. We are proud of the vision that brought ‘Las Meninas en Altos de Chavón’ to life, a project that is a testament to our dedication to art, culture, and the creation of lasting legacies.”Andrés Pichardo Rosenberg, President of Casa de Campo Resort
Artworks that Represented the Country in Madrid
The Dominican Meninas, reinterpretations of Diego Velázquez’s famous painting “Las Meninas,” are emblematic artistic manifestations and prominent tourist attractions in Madrid. Created by artist Antonio Azzato, these fiberglass sculptures have an average height of 1.80 meters and weigh around 60 pounds. Over 160 Meninas have been created and exhibited in different cities in Spain as part of the Meninas Gallery.
For two consecutive years, the Dominican Republic has participated in the Meninas Madrid Gallery thanks to an initiative by the Embassy of the Dominican Republic to the Kingdom of Spain, with the support of the Punta Cana Macao Energy Consortium (CEPM) and Evergo.
In 2021, the selected artwork titled “Caras de Dominicana” was created by artist Isabella Fernández. This Menina was exhibited for two months on Serrano Street, corner of Goya Street, in Madrid, Spain, and subsequently visited various locations in the Dominican Republic, such as the National District and Punta Cana.
In 2022, artist Taina Almodóvar Gil from La Romana created the “Menina Caribeña” exhibited in Plaza Colón in Madrid during November and December. Like the previous year, the artwork traveled to the Dominican Republic to be displayed, allowing Dominicans to enjoy these significant representations of our culture.
Meninas at Altos de Chavón
From June 21st until the end of July, both Meninas will be on display in Altos de Chavón, Casa de Campo, thanks to the sponsorship of CEPM, Evergo, the Embassy of the Dominican Republic to the Kingdom of Spain, Casa de Campo, and Altos de Chavón, with the mediation of Art and Museums Manager Josefina Pichardo Casasnovas.
Each sculpture features a QR code that allows the public to scan it with any mobile device to access additional information about the artists and the concept behind each artwork.
Find below photos taken by Mairobi Herrera during the inauguration on June 21st at Altos de Chavón: