“In Villa El Salvador, the Dutch insist”
The nascent city amazed the planet for the project of creating a self-managed society on a poor and sandy plain near Lima.
One of the most important artists in the world, dutchman Karel Appel, a member of the COBRA group, painted a gigantic mural in Villa El Salvador in 1976.The nascent city amazed the planet for the project of creating a self-managed society on a poor and sandy plain near Lima. The world prize ‘Asturias de Asturias’ was given to the city and received by Michel Azcueta, its first mayor.
However, the portentous thing about the mural is that it started being painted by Appel and, one night, it got covered in graffiti. The artist did not leave it at that, he actually gathered and directed the children of VES to “perfect” the mural. Later, he would say that this expressed his concept of art as a collective creation. However, thirty years later, the mural does not exist. It was covered by business ads. Later, it was demolished. But the Dutch insist. Stephanie Rhode arrived in Peru in August and has not stopped painting - accompanied by dozens of young people - a mural that will survive because it is not only a representation of the world. It IS the world.
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