MATE- Museo Mario Testino-- work of a local artist with global reputation
Maybe the most significant thing to know about MATE- Museo Mario Testino in Lima’s Barranco neighborhood, is the obvious pride the locals feel for their homegrown talent, photographer Mario Testino, who has made his mark on the world stage. When we asked locals about the best museums to be seen, MATE was first on the list, almost always. Knowing how Testino’s work is a great source of self-esteem for locals is a top reason to put a visit to MATE on your Peru tour itinerary.
For those who felt a strong affinity for Princess Diana, the upstairs gallery of his photo portraits of her is an obvious other draw.
Or, lovers of celebrity will find Testino’s work a treasure trove. From Paul McCartney to the requisite Kardashian, his lens is one of the world’s most famous for juicing their images with the glamour that is their stock-in-trade.
For the newly arrived Peru tourist however, the pièce de résistance is likely the top floor gallery where Testino presents models wearing traditional Andean costumes in poses worthy of any Glamour, Vogue or similar glitzy fashion magazine. Supersized and with all the bright colors that these traditional costumes feature, you wonder why the rest of the world has decided to dress in ways so drear.
At the time of this writing and through to early January, 2018, the special exhibit by Brazilian-born and New York based artist Eli Sudbrack is not to be missed. Walking into the small gallery that houses it, flags in the bright colors not unlike those you see in Testino’s photos of traditional Andean costumes through a fashion lens twirl at allegro speeds. It totally captures you—all your attention‑without taking you into a sensory overload that would preclude you enjoying its kinetic charm.
Av. Pedro de Osma 409
Barranco Lima 4
Fees expressed in Soles (Peruvian currency)
Permanent Collection and Temporary Exhibition
|General Admission||S/. 10|
|Seniors 65+||S/. 7|
|Children 12 and under||Free|
|Temporary Exhibitions Spaces Only||S/. 3|
Valid for 10 days after purchase for single entry into:
Editor's Note: All photographs are by Peter Kachergis. The photographs he is taking pictures of are all by Mario Testino.
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