Jimenez Deredia in San Jose, Costa Rica
From Italy to Costa Rica: more than 27 art pieces by the Costa Rican sculptor crossed the Mediterranean to turn the Costa Rica capital into an open-air museum. If you visit San Jose between February and July of 2019, you can see the same exhibition that has decorated public spaces in Italy, France, USA, and Mexico.
“Genesis de Costa Rica” weighs 33 tons, measures 115x126x110 inches, is made of marble and represents the humanization of the sphere. For 23 days, it traveled almost 6213 miles from Livorno Port, in Italy, to Puerto Moín, in the Costa Rican Caribbean. Today it shows its majesty in the Plaza de la Democracia, in the heart of San José.
This is the biggest sculpture of “Jimenez Deredia in San Jose: The Strength and Universality of the Sphere”, the most important art exhibition in the history of the Costa Rica capital, the birthplace of the sculptor Jorge Jiménez Deredia.
Declared of cultural and tourist interest, the exhibition includes 27 artworks of marble, bronze, and granite, distributed in the vicinity of the Costa Rica Post Office building, over the Central Avenue Boulevard and in the Plaza de la Democracia.
If you live in Costa Rica or have the plan to visit the country between February 20 and July 14, you can be part of this outdoor exhibition, that were displayed in the past in cities such as Florence, Rome & Lucca, in Italy, and in Mexico City, Miami and La Baule, in France.
TAKE NOTE: Other artworks of the exhibit are exclusively displayed in the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum (tickets ₡ 2,000 and $ 13, for nationals and foreigners, from 9:15 am to 5:00 pm: on Wednesdays the entrance is free) and in the Jade Museum ($ 5 and $ 15, for nationals and foreigners, from 10 to 5 pm, on Sundays there are 2×1 for nationals).
Lets get to work!
The sculptures began arriving at the country in November 2018. The careful assembly has required the collaboration of Jorge Jiménez Deredia, accompanied by a team of three Italians, local government personnel and special unloading equipment to carry the heavy loads.
On the morning of Saturday, February 16, the sculptor worked on the assembly of his artworks in the Plaza de la Democracia, on the Central Avenue Boulevard.
Under a bright sun, he freed himself to share with those who were admiring the unloading and assembly. Jorge Jiménez Deredia has lived in Italy for more years than in his own country. With 22 years old and a seven-month scholarship, he crossed the Atlantic, studied, developed his career and settled in Italy.
Today, with 64 years old, he makes his first exhibition of this type in his country. He says that he considers that this is what he had to do, even recognizes that he had to reject another exposition in other city and put part of his money to achieve “Jiménez Deredia in San Jose: The Strength and Universality of the Sphere”.
With kindness and a shy smile, he received the congratulations and thanks of the Ticos who came to greet him. “Thank you very much,” he replied.
“The idea is that all Costa Ricans can get in touch with my work and can, with the urban museography and all the information points, understand a little more why art is important for a community,” his declarations to the local newspaper La Nación.
His goal is not in vain: the sculptures that he carved with his hands are inspired by the ancient pre-Columbian spheres of Boruca, located in the south of the country and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Deredia SJO, What to see?
Start the journey in the Costa Rica Post Office building is a good idea, then continue along the Central Avenue Boulevard, go around the National Theatre of Costa Rica, visit the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum (below the Plaza de la Cultura), continue on the avenue and get to the Jade Museum and the Plaza de la Democracia (they are next to each other).
In this last place, you can see the photographic exhibition of the -also Costa Rican- Nacho Guevara, “The power of the sphere”, which shows Jiménez Deredia molding and carving the stones that later give life to his beautiful artwork.
If you are not from Costa Rica, don’t be surprised by these addresses! Here we don’t use street names or buildings numbers to reach a destination, but I assure you that you will arrive at the address.
The free app “Deredia SJO” is an excellent guide to not lose detail of the artworks and their location. It is in English and Spanish and has audio, in case you do not want to take your eyes off the sculptures.
In this gallery, you will see some of the artworks that have been assembled so far.
Jimenez Deredia in San Jose: The Strength and Universality of the Sphere
▶️ Canto a la Vida
▶️ Energía Atávica
▶️ Génesis Canto a la Vida
▶️ Génesis de Costa Rica
This is the biggest sculpture, weighs 33 tons and measures 115x126x110 inches.
▶️ Génesis de Fuerza Ancestral