Gabriela Mistral Arts Centre
The both traditional and original, even sometimes controversial line-up, makes it an interesting arts centre.
Music, theatre, cinema, art and dance are hosted in this 22,000 square metre space located in the centre of Santiago. This is a place to discover new stage offerings and artists thanks to its and intensely varied works, that will equally host the Chile Symphony Orchestra and modern music concerts, a new version of Hamlet or experimental or controversial works. Divided into different spaces, the centre is accessed through a large patio which grabs the attention of visitors for its superposition of coloured light, attained thanks to a large glass roof light in the canopy containing a variety of colours. Its impossible not to see the "big fish" in the patio. A gigantic statue in the form of a fish, made using shreds of old clothes and hung from the high roof. There is another fish of note in one of the halls; a replica of the huge Wicker Fish that the artist Alfredo Manzano (better known as Manzanito) made in the 70s, one of the centre's emblematic pieces which was lost after the military occupation of the building. The building has also gone through the ups and downs of Chilean history. The centre was opened as a museum in 1972 but after the coup d'etat it was converted into the seat of government of General Augusto Pinochet.