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While most of Bogotá's art galleries are located in the Zona Rosa and Macarena neighborhoods, the last few years more galleries have opened in La Candelaria, the city's historical center.
Art in La Candelaria's Espacio Odeon
These galleries add to the neighborhood's already large art offerings in its many public museums, including the Botero Collection, the Gold Museum, the Museum of Bogotá and others.
Right now, several of the neighborhood's private galleries are holding exhibitions, some in conjunction with the city-wide ArtBo event, and others independently.
The neighborhood's biggest private art space is the Espacio Odeon, in a partially-restored building on Jimenez Ave. a block up from Rosario Plaza. The building itself is dramatic, with its open spaces, curling stairway and exposed beams. Its many rooms provide spaces for exhibitions by many different galleries, from Bogotá, other Colombian cities and other countries.
The Espacio Odeon's several floors provide space for a variety of gallery exhibitions.
Colorful art in the Espacio Odeon
An exhibition room in the Neebex Gallery, opened by a Frenchman who also lives in the house.
The Neebex Gallery on Carrera Tercera was established about a year ago by a Frenchman, who restored and moved into the historic house it is located in. Since then, Neebex has hosted periodic exhibitions by Colombian artists, many of whom are just getting started.
Visitors reflected in a piece of abstract artwork in the LIA gallery.
The Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art (LIA) has functioned for the last several years, with two spacious locations in the center of La Candelaria, although it holds exhibitions only occasionally. The LIA's bare-bones exhibitions areas have lots of square meterage and
One of the LIA's huge exhibition rooms.