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‘The Presence of Latin America’ Mural

Hidden in the cavernous foyer of a dour concrete building at the University of Concepción is a 115-foot mural from the 1960s depicting the turbulent history of Latin America and its peoples. The imposing piece of artwork was a gift from Mexico to the people of Chile. 

After an earthquake in 1960 destroyed large parts of the University of Concepión and much of the wider Concepión urban area, the government of Mexico agreed to aid the government of Chile in a display of international solidarity. It did so by financing a project to rebuild the Casa de Arte (Art House) at the university.

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