With a virtual conversation, Eduardo León Jimenes Foundation, León Center and Puntacana Group officially closed exposure Be Oscar de la Renta, after 4 months of face-to-face visits and as many virtual visits.
The activity, called See you soon, Oscar, was conducive to presenting the results and achievements of the exhibition, exchanging testimonies and expressing gratitude to thousands of people who came to the facilities of the León Center in person or virtually from November 22, 2019 to the present.
«The power of culture in the history of peoples is fundamental and with this exhibition we wanted not only to honor Oscar de la Renta, but also to learn from him, from his art. Living it as an educational process ", he said María Amalia León de Jorge, president of the Eduardo León Jimenes Foundation and director of the León Center, when contextualizing the exhibition and its results. Likewise, he thanked sponsors and collaborators, especially the de la Renta family.
Haydée Rainieri, on behalf of the Puntacana Group, commented on the pleasant impression that the de la Renta family had with the results of the exhibition and also thanked them. "Thank you for a beautiful exhibition, for a professional exhibition that fills us with pride, that can carry our name anywhere," said the co-host of the tribute exhibition.
Rosana Rivera, as a friend of the designer and an enthusiastic collaborator of the project, stressed that the exhibition "was not only a tribute to Oscar but a tribute to the Dominican people."
Meanwhile, Sara Hermann, chief curator of the León Center and on behalf of the curatorial team, commented on the learnings that an exhibition of this caliber leaves in the work teams, both in ways of doing and in technical knowledge. "In our case, Be Oscar de la Renta It involved acquiring new capabilities, new skills, and even a new language. This project involved a particular effort to establish agreements, alliances and work relationships, affective relationships with entities and professionals who, with that and from there, became a fundamental part of the national museum industry.
Through a video sent for the occasion, Alex Bolen, CEO of the firm Oscar De La Renta, considered that «Ehe Centro León managed to focus on Oscar as a Dominican and it was fascinating to see how that influenced the rest of his life.
During the activity the documentary was screened Being Oscar de la Renta: The Process, with testimonies from the team of specialists in charge of the exhibition, and a video summarizing the dismantling of the exhibition.
Be Oscar de la Renta, received 42,846 face-to-face visits at the close due to the pandemic. Virtual access 6,450 people and 14,230 visits to the website of the exhibition, for a total of 63,526 visitors. The documentary Ser Oscar de la Renta obtained 42,846 views in the auditorium of the León Center and in addition 21,371 views on our YouTube channel.
The content of the exhibition will form a documentary collection dedicated to Oscar de la Renta and will be available for consultation at the institution's Media Library.
This exhibition project had the collaboration of prestigious institutions, among others: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The MET), Kent State University Museum (KSUM), George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Fashion Institute of Technology, Young Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, The Estate of Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos, Bellapart Museum, Fernando Peña Defilló Museum and General Archive of the Nation.
Be Oscar de la Renta It was sponsored by: Cervecería Nacional Dominicana, Citi Private Bank, Banco Popular Dominicano, Editora Listín Diario, Visa Internacional, Aeropuerto Internacional del Cibao, Synergies Corporation, Fundación Propagás and Excel.