Sunday, July 06, 2014

Presidential residence turned art gallery



El Salvador's new president Salvador Sánchez Cerén has turned his official residence into an art gallery, and shared the experience of the art for the first time with victims of the country's civil war.   The BBC reported:
 The new president of El Salvador has opened his official residence as an art gallery, welcoming what his office described as the socially excluded. The president's office said visitors would be able to see Salvadoran art and reflect on the country's reality. 
President Salvador Sanchez Ceren, a former left-wing rebel leader who took office a month ago, said the residence would be open every two weeks.  He said he would continue living at his private home during his term of office. 
"The residence will become a space where we can share with those who have been excluded," said Mr Sanchez at the opening of the new gallery. 
Among the first guests to his official residence were human rights activists and relatives of victims of the civil war in the 1980s and 1990s.
A statement from the Salvadoran president indicated that 45 works of art from Salvadoran painters and sculptors have been installed in the presidential residence turned art gallery.  The pieces of art come from the National Collection of the Arts.

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