Galería Artespacio se fundó en el año 1995 siendo sus directoras María Elena Comandari y Rosita Lira, quienes tienen más de veinte años de experiencia en el campo de las artes.
El objetivo fundamental de Artespacio es la difusión de las diferentes tendencias artísticas contemporáneas, y en forma especial la escultura. Por esta razón, una gran parte de las actividades de Artespacio ha sido el potenciar a los escultores nacionales (simposios), como también mostrar a importantes maestros de la escultura internacional.
Pintura y gráfica de artistas consagrados y jóvenes de gran talento han exhibido en Artespacio, logrando un reconocimiento importante tanto de la crítica especializada como del público en general. Por consiguiente, Artespacio mantiene en forma permanente obras a la venta de un selecto grupo de artistas que pueden ser vistas además de las exposiciones que se realizan cada mes en los dos pisos de Artespacio.
Founded in 1995 by gallery owners María Elena Comandari and Rosita Lira, Galería Artespacio has divided its work program into two broad areas: the promotion and dissemination of modern art through sculpture, and the development of a work platform for contemporary art, concentrating on painting and photography as the main focuses of attention.
With these ideas in mind, the gallery has run a series of workshops and symposiums dedicated to sculpture, with the aim of making this language known beyond the confines of the gallery and introducing it into public space. An example of these activities is the program of sculpture in public space which has existed since the year 1998 in the Ciudad Empresarial, in the municipality of Huechuraba. For the past ten years this place has been the epicentre of a series of gatherings for local and international sculptors who, as a result of their efforts, have installed their works in the open air, in a dialogue with the architecture and landscape of the place. Also worthy of mention was the sculpture exhibition held in Parque Américo Vespucio in the municipality of Vitacura in the year 2000, which managed to bring a variety of works in stone, wood and metal within reach of the inhabitants of that municipality. Recently the gallery has developed a ‘sculpture in the city’ project in the El Golf district of the municipality of Las Condes, as a way of installing works of art in a space that contains a mix of residential, commercial and office sectors.
At the same time, the gallery has held a series of exhibitions on its premises in Alonso de Córdova 2600 (municipality of Vitacura), promoting the most contemporary of Chilean art and concentrating its attention on painting and photography. To achieve this, these two languages have a series of exponents in the annual program of exhibitions, concentrating on the new possibilities of painting and also on the image in photography. The gallery has consolidated the latter aspect by installing some of these works in the annual program of the Asociación Chilena de Seguridad, an institution that has developed a prestigious program of mural painting in its hospitals throughout the length of Chile for over twenty years. The gallery has also set up work programs in conjunction with the University of Talca, with the aim of installing sculptures on its university campus in the city of Talca, and with the art school of the Finis Terrae University in Santiago, to provide exhibition space for some of the young emerging talents who graduate from that academic institution each year.
Another important aspect of this gallery has been its constant concern to produce editions of books dedicated to sculpture and painting. These have taken shape through the following publications: “Escultura Chilena Contemporánea” (Santiago, 2002), “Francisco Gazitúa” / sculptures 1950-2004 (Santiago, 2004) and “Arte en su Espacio” (Santiago, 2005), publications which have been able to provide written evidence of the program that the gallery has designed, as a place where the modern and the contemporary exist side by side.