Luciano Calderon’s first museum solo exhibition

Museo de Arte Antonio Paredes Candia
Luciano Calderon’s exhibition at Museo de Arte Antonio Paredes Candia in El Alto, Bolivia

Luciano Calderon’s ‘Ciudad Esperanza’

On June 19, 2013, Ciudad Esperanza, Luciano Calderon’s first solo exhibition in a museum pre-opened at Museo de Arte Antonio Paredes Candia1 in El Alto, Bolivia. The exhibition is a continuation of his recent exhibition, El Choco2, in which Calderon’s hometown of El Alto and the neighboring city La Paz played a central role. Ciudad Esperanza includes both new large scale works as well as some older pieces, both of which evoked strong positive feedback from the enthusiastic crowd at the pre-opening.

Collaboration with local craftsmen

As he did with El Choco, Calderon collaborated with local craftsmen of his neighborhood to produce some of his works for Ciudad Esperanza. In Chismoso Como Tu, which translates to God sees everything but he ain’t a snitch like you, Calderon uses a common phrase to reflect on the mentality that prevails on the streets of El Alto, a city where almost everybody lives under harsh circumstances. Calderon’s painting Escudo is inspired by El Alto’s official coat of arms. Using his own unique visual language, Calderon took the text from this coat of arms and transformed it into an art piece.

Exhibition photos

Luciano Calderon - Chismoso Como Tu (production)
Luciano Calderon’s Ciudad Esperanza exhibition at Museo de Arte Antonio Paredes Candia in El Alto, Bolivia

Luciano Calderon - Speech
Luciano Calderon’s Ciudad Esperanza exhibition at Museo de Arte Antonio Paredes Candia in El Alto, Bolivia

Luciano Calderon - Carla Valeria
Luciano Calderon’s Ciudad Esperanza exhibition at Museo de Arte Antonio Paredes Candia in El Alto, Bolivia

Luciano Calderon - Ciudad Esperanza (installation view) - 1
Luciano Calderon’s Ciudad Esperanza exhibition at Museo de Arte Antonio Paredes Candia in El Alto, Bolivia

Luciano Calderon - Chismoso Como Tu, 2013
Luciano Calderon – Chismoso Como Tu, 2013, mixed media on plastic, 220x340cm

Luciano Calderon - Ciudad Esperanza (installatio view) - 2
Luciano Calderon’s Ciudad Esperanza exhibition at Museo de Arte Antonio Paredes Candia in El Alto, Bolivia

Luciano Calderon - Escudo, 2013, mixed media on canvas, 150x200cm
Luciano Calderon – Escudo, 2013, mixed media on canvas, 150x200cm

Luciano Calderon - Ciudad Esperanza (installation view) - 3
Luciano Calderon’s Ciudad Esperanza exhibition at Museo de Arte Antonio Paredes Candia in El Alto, Bolivia

Luciano Calderon - El Alto
Luciano Calderon’s studio in El Alto, Bolivia

All images by Luciano Calderon/lucianocalderon.com unless otherwise noted.

Related readings

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museo_de_Arte_Antonio_Paredes_Candia
  2. https://publicdelivery.org/luciano-calderon-el-choco/
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