My new apartment is in trendy Bellas Artes district, right next to the Fine Art Museum. I haven’t been to the museum yet, but I expect I will visit at some point before I move on from here.
Meanwhile, however, I have been enjoying all the free art lying around Santiago.
In the nearby barrio of Bellavista there are a couple of streets full of shops with lovely painted walls. Generally the mural gives a clue to what is sold in the shop.
A far larger selection of murals can be found if you take the subway to Departmental and then walk two blocks. Known as the Museo a cielo abierto (‘open air museum’), it is a residential area where the houses have had murals painted on them.
This place doesn’t seem to be that well known; when I was there (on a Saturday afternoon) there weren’t any other tourists or visitors and when I mentioned it at my expat meet-up none of the others had heard of it. I found it by searching street art in Santiago, because I suspected that a couple of decorated storefronts in Bellavista wouldn’t be all there was.