Sala de Arte Indígena. Foto: Fátima Schulz Vallejos. Cortesía Museo del Barro.
The Museo del Barro in Asunción, Paraguay, is a private initiative, constituted over a period of more than three decades worth of work. The museum dates back to 1972 – during full-blown dictatorship – when it was founded by Olga Blinder and Carlos Colombino under the name “Circulating Collection”. At the time, the project consisted of the traveling exhibition of urban graphics in cultural centers, squares and universities. In 1984, the Josefina Plá Room was inaugurated in Asunción, establishing the central nucleus of the Museum’s current headquarters.
The expositions focus on the various visual expressions of Paraguay and Ibero-America, and show the multicultural and multi-ethnic character of the country. Thus, the aim is to confront the forms of art in Paraguay with those of other Ibero-American countries, particularly those of the Mercosur region.