Casa de la Cultura's Salón del Pueblo is another bastion of fine art, both modern and historical, in Cuenca.
The city established the museum 30 years ago, in an era when art and culture were only for the elite.
It breaks all these restrictions now, seeking to restore art and knowledge as part of the human condition.
You'll always find something to appeal to you here, especially if you enjoy art by new artists (see below for details about this).
Casa de la Cultura houses a core gallery of art about religious mysticism, and shows that change on a frequent basis.
It also offers exhibits of native artifacts. There are more than 3,000 craft pieces from different countries. They're some of the most outstanding ones from Ecuador, Colombia, Perú, Guatemala and México.
You'll find many small sculptures of priests, nuns and other religious officials in niches lining one wall (the image on the left).
In another hall you can view modern art, especially paintings and sculptures. Much of this is from new Ecuadorian artists.
Casa de la Cultura has a policy of promoting artists who are just starting out in the field of art.
The museum develops educational programs designed to stimulate creativity in children and young people.
It seeks to generate a link between the museum and education groups, making them participants in activities that create a vital and growing art community in Cuenca and the region.
An example of works coming from new artists are the metal and wood sculptures seen on the right. Displayed without the artist's name, this collection, called Mistic Ritual, includes "Angeles 1-3" (seen on the right), "Mural Deidades 1-3" and several others.
Casa de la Cultura (Salón del Pueblo) is located at the corner of Sucre and Benigno Malo (across the street from the side of the main cathedral on Parque Calderón. (Note that the location on the map above is slightly off. The museum is right at the corner just to the right of the pointer.)
Hours are Monday to Sunday, 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Check the schedule often for the latest show.
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