CHAPEL OF MAN MUSEUM
Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 17:00.
+593 2 244 8492
Mariano Calvache E18-94 and Lorenzo Chávez. Beautiful view. Quito
$ 3 USD for the general public. $ 2 USD for students. $ 1.50 USD for over 65s. Children under 11 years old are free.
Half a museum, half a masterpiece. Discover the fascinating work of one of the most renowned artists of the country, Oswaldo Guayasamín.
The Capilla del Hombre is a magnus opus idealized in life by master painter Oswaldo Guayasamín himself and completed several years after his death, showcases the struggles endured by the native cultures of Spanish America through history. Huge paintings, and a magnificent installation piece with the backdrop of a fabulous view over Mount Pichincha.
Song, pain, tears, anger, tenderness, protest, dreams, violence, war, heroism, sacrifice, the victory of man: to these Oswaldo Guayasamin dedicated his oeuvre. His Chapel of Man is a dreamlike creation of Oswaldo Guayasamin, his tribute to the American pre-Columbian, who for over five hundred years has suffered his repression quietly and today still struggles to revive his values.
Oswaldo Guayasamín is one of Ecuador’s most renown artists. His murals of enormous expressivity don the headquarters of the UNESCO in Paris, the Airport of Barajas, in Madrid; the permanent headquarters of the Latin American Parliament, the National Congress building in Ecuador, and is featured in his own museum in Havana, Cuba. The Chapel of Man was his last great project and the most ambitious one of all, constructed since 1996 with the support of UNESCO. In the artist’s words, his vision was “to paint in La Capilla del Hombre all the tragedy we have endured in our lives and in our history in Latin America.”
Guayasamín died at the age of 79, three years before the chapel could be inaugurated. The 3,600-square-foot two-story structure inspired by an Inca templed and topped with a copper-plated dome, contains a fabulous mural depicting Latin American history with the powerful images of the artist. The site is also home to archaeological pieces unearthed at the site during construction.