Even though most of what I present here in this blog is contemporary I will occasionally write about whatever takes my fancy. And one of those things is a piece of artwork that is on permanent public display at the Medical Centre “Almirante Colon” on the Calle 85 with 16th street in Bogota.
“Colon Descubre El Nuevo Mundo” is the title of the grand artwork created by Luis Alberto Acuña in 1959 that is displayed there. It is a 4.6 x 7.0 metre fresco and is absolutely fabulous plus pretty monumental – on par with whatever Rivera did in Mexico in my opinion with the muralist movement.
Acuña is one of the artists who I would say started Colombia on its modern interest in art. Though coming just before Obregón historically his work has never been quoted to the prices that modern day art can reach – but he has a very defined and clear place in Colombian art in the twentieth century.
Here are a few photos of the artwork, I hope if you ever come to Bogota you will take a few minutes to visit it (it is not far from the Zona T or Parque 93).