Most of the time, I listen to managers and political leaders talk exclusively about economic growth. Their single concern is economic development, and how that benefits the population of a country. Economic rate of growth and the relationship between public debt and the GDP (Gross Domestic Product), is at the core of their discourses.
There’s nothing wrong with that. I too believe in those assessments, but I feel they are not enough. The human being needs other types of stimuli besides money. Take for example Norway. It’s a rich country with a high degree of economic development, yet a confused citizen one day decides to go out and murder several young students in an island. Why is that? Well, I think he was confused and did not understood the reality around him. His spirit was in a state of chaos.
What I’m trying to say, is that there must be a balance between economic and spiritual growth. That’s what makes a healthy human being—the balance between the body and spirit. I’m seeing that the the latter is being considered by our authorities. Many museums are in the process of being renovated across the nation. The purpose is to have special venues where Panamanian citizens can study their history, culture, and traditions, and understand who they really are as a nation. It’s truly realizing their intimate self identity. Museums play a critical role in making those cultural aspects come alive to the growing younger generation of citizens.
I recently assisted to a amazing exhibition at the Museo Antropológico Reina Torres de Araúz (Reina de Araúz Antropological Museum) in the former Canal Zone, depicting the jaw-dropping accomplishments of Leonardo Da Vinci. What I saw there is difficult to describe in printable words. This citizen of the world was a genius, a painter, and inventor of the Italian Renaissance. He’s mainly known for painting the Mona Lisa—the woman of the mysterious smile.
During the next few days, I’ll post several snapshots I took while strolling through the halls of this wonderful venue donated to the Republic of Panama by the people of Taiwan during the administration of Mireya Moscoso. While I savored the exhibition, I thought I was at the Louvre in Paris or the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. It was that good, and I felt proud it was being held in my hometown.
Below are several pictures of the venue, so you will get a general idea of where this cultural event took place. Here we go.
Snapshot of the sign at the entrance of the Museo Antropológico Reina Torres de Araúz located in Albrook, in Panama City, Panama. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
General view of the parking lot of the museum at approximately two o'clock in the afternoon. It was a suffocating hot humid afternoon with dark clouds in the sky preamble of a tropical cloudburst. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
In this picture you can see more cars as visitors were coming in for the exhibition organized by the National Institute of Culture (INAC). The name in Spanish is Instituto Nacional de Cultura under the Ministry of Government and Justice. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
The main objective of the INAC is to coordinate and promote the cultural and folkloric activities in the country. The INAC currently manages 23 venues dedicated to the teachings of a wide variety of artistic expressions. It supervises 13 regional centers, manages the Anita Villalaz Theater, the National Theater, the Balboa Theater; coordinates the activities of the Symphonic Orchestra, and the Panama National Ballet.
In addition, it is responsible of managing 18 museums, amongst them, the Museum of Religious Art, the Anthropological Museum Reina Torres de Araúz, and the Afro-Caribbean Museum.
In this picture of the museum, you can see the postcard announcing the Leonardo Da Vinci's exhibition on the wall. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Snapshot of the entrance of the museum with a large poster of the Mona Lisa to catch the eyes of the visitors. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Snapshot of the museum with its attractive tower. It is a very modern structure with a pleasing architecture style. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
You are cordially invited to return tomorrow and appreciate more pictures of the singular exhibition of Leonardo Da Vinci in the Republic of Panama. You will not regret it. Good Day.
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