The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Heraldo Muñoz, arrived at the Gabriela Mistral Museum in Vicuña on Tuesday as part of his two-day visit to the Coquimbo Region. There, he was greeted by the Museum's Director, Ricardo Brodsky, who led a guided tour of the poet's house.
On this occasion, the Chancellor visited the rooms of the Museum which housed the collection of the Nobel Prize for Literature (1945). After the tour, which also included the Mayor of Vicuña and the Provincial Governor of Elqui, Rafael Vera and Américo Giovine, respectively, the Secretary of State highlighted the work of the national poetess and the work done to maintain her legacy. "I am very grateful to the Mayor, the Governor and the Director of the Museum because they have made of Vicuña and this museum an example for Chileans to learn more about the life of this great woman. A visionary woman, a woman ahead of her time and who today is a pride at a national and international level", she said.
The space where the museum is located was built in the garden that housed the old house of Gabriela Mistral. It was created on November 13, 1971, and it was inaugurated on April 7, 2010, after 39 years, by architect Francesco di Girolamo Quesney. This remodelling included the layout of a diagonal line over the total area of the Museum, which links the house together with the tomb of Gabriela Mistral in Montegrande.
The origins of the museum go back to 1935 when the mayor at that time, Julio Álvarez, together with a notorious group of residents of Vicuña, created the foundations to give shape to the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center, which would have the objective of supporting the city's cultural initiatives, create a public library, a children's home, and a museum to perpetuate and pay well-deserved homage to the famous poetess.
After finishing this visit and in Valle del Elqui itself, Minister Muñoz met with representatives of the Association of Producers of Pisco A. G., which brings together 17 Pisco producers and represents the interests of the industry, promoting the historical, cultural and productive heritage value of Pisco, under the eaves of its "Denomination of Origin".
At the meeting, which took place at the Pisco Capel plant, the Chancellor stressed the importance of the industry. "I am very happy to make this visit to Valle del Elqui so that I can personally converse with you at your home. I would like to express my appreciation for the work of the Pisco Producers Association in promoting the heritage value of this product, which is so important to Chile", he said.
He added that "like its Association, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been permanently committed to the international promotion of Pisco and the protection of its "Denomination of Origin". This has been reflected in our multiple negotiations of Free Trade Agreements and in the different actions we have carried out in different forums and countries".
In the same vein, he said that "Pisco is part of our roots and our future, a historical, cultural and productive heritage. As such, we value it as an important part of our promotion of Chile abroad".
The delegation that accompanied the Chancellor during his visit to the IV Region of Coquimbo was composed of the Director of Dicore; Ambassador Konrad Paulsen; the National Deputy Director of ProChile, Marcela Aravena; the Regional Director of ProChile, Paola Vásquez; and the Head of the Regional Unit for International Affairs of Coquimbo, Paulina Castillo.