The Visual Arts Collection

The visual arts collection of the Museums of the Central Bank of Costa Rica is one of the most relevant in Costa Rican art heritage. 872 works showcase the work of 163 artists at different times of Costa Rican history, ranging from the second half of the 19th century until the present. It essentially includes two-dimensional works (oil, acrylic, mixed, and watercolor paintings, as well as photographs, drawings, and engravings), and three-dimensional works (wood, stone, and cast metal sculptures, and assemblies).

The first directors of the BCCR envisioned an art collection that reflected upon the local or domestic artistic production. Although it has few works from the late 19th century, from a chronological point of view, they are of invaluable aesthetic and historical value. Among them, artistis the likes of Achiles Bigot (1809-1884), Enrique Echandi (1866-1959) and Tomás Povedano de Arcos (1847-1943).

Its 20th century works stand for the aesthetic changes that took place in this period (spanning from 1930 to 1970), among them, works by artists such as Max Jiménez (1900-1947), Teodorico Quirós (1897-1977), and Francisco Amighetti (1907-1998). Earlier periods are represented by works by Manuel de la Cruz González, Rafael (Felo) García (1928), and Lola Fernández (1926).

The collection grew considerably in the 1990s, with the acquisition of works by Manuel de la Cruz González (1909-1986) and Dinorah Bolandi (1923-2004) — artists with the most representation in the collection —, as well as works from artists such as Margarita Bertheau (1903-1976), Fernando Carballo (1941), Cinthya Soto (1926), Juan Luis Rodríguez (1934), Crisanto Badilla (1941), Cecilia Paredes (1950), Roberto Lizano (1951), Aquiles Jiménez (1954), Adrián Arguedas (1968), and Sofía Ruiz, among others.

Work of the Month

The Work of the Month exhibit showcases a different work from the Museums of the Central Bank’s visual arts collection, featuring a new work of art every second Tuesday of the month. Aside from furthering the general public’s understanding on Costa Rican art heritage, this space seeks to acknowledge the significance and value of Costa Rican art.