The Museo de la Altagracia will be presenting its most recent collective exhibition, “Arte Sacro, Tradición Dominicana” now through May. Open to the public from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday.
The Museum initially opened back in 2012, and is located in the gardens of the Basilica de la Altagracia in Higuey, just 33 minutes from Casa de Campo along the Autopista de Coral highway. The Museo de la Altagracia has become a space where a large part of the cultural and religious heritage of our country is preserved. It is a place that reflects the great devotion that exists in the Dominican Republic for La Virgen de la Altagracia, who is considered the patron saint of Dominicans.
This new collective exhibition will present pieces from José Alberto Melo, Roosevelt Méndez, Benito Cuevas Franco, Juan Manuel Pérez and Pedro Méndez from the art collective AZUARTE; a group of artist born in Azua, and that back in the 70’s formed the group Abelardo Rodríguez Urdaneta and traveled across the country presenting their sculptures.
For this exhibition, they have prepared a collection of sculptures based on works of Sacred Art, each piece has the artist’s personal carving style, but always respecting the attributes of the saint that is being represented. They group has decided to relaunch this ancient practice of carving images of Catholic saints. The only book ever written about this trade was by Mr Carlos Dobal in which he mentions places such as Las Yayas in Azua and Yuboa in Bonao where they used to carve saints, but they were never signed so no one really knows who started this practice.
“This is why we decided to take on this practice. This is the fourth edition of this exhibition and we decided to pay tribute to the patron saint of our people and present our work in this museum in this part of the country so that people get to know our work and dedication to keep this practice alive.” – AZUARTE
Plan your trip to support these local artists and learn more about our religious heritage!
Images and video courtesy of Museo de la Altagracia
Arte Sacro at the Museo De La Altagracia
When: March 17th – May 2016
Where: Museo de la Altagracia
Address: Arzobispo Nouel Street (gardens of the Basilica), Higüey
Tuesdays – Sundays: 9:00am-5:00pm
Adults: RD$100 and RD$200 (guided tour)
Children and students: half price
Contacts: (809)-554-2748, [email protected]
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