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Banco Santander Chile supports the publication of "Atacama"

  • This book is the product of almost 3 decades of collaboration between the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino (Pre-Columbian Art Museum of Chile) and Banco Santander, and reveals the history of the area of Atacama located in the northern tip of Chile

January 22th, 2013. Over 100 figures from the world of politics, finance and culture attended the launch of the book Atacama. This unprecedented publication features photographs taken by leading photographers and with texts written by 17 Chilean researchers.

"The role of private enterprise in today's world goes far beyond the production of goods and services. We must be capable of opening ourselves up to society and making a real contribution to it. So we are very proud of this outstanding book, which makes a valuable contribution to our culture", said Mauricio Larraín, chairman of the Board of Directors at Banco Santander Chile.

The minister for Culture, Luciano Cruz Coke, highlighted the importance of public-private partnerships in the materialisation of projects to promote culture. "I would like to revive and applaud this idea. I would also like to recognise the work of Santander with invaluable contributions including bringing Plácido Domingo to Chile, the recent book entitled Relación Histórica del Reyno de Chile (Historic Account of the Kingdom of Chile), and -of course- Atacama", he said.

During these 30 years of collaboration, a total of 29 publications have been launched, aimed at redeeming the legacy of the American cultures in society. At the book launch, Claudio Melandri, the Bank's country head in Chile, donated 400 copies to the Department of Libraries, Archives and Museums (DIBAM) to be distributed among all the public libraries in the country.

"Atacama is home to the richest treasures in Chile, in addition to mining: its skies, the clearest in the world, have become a true window onto the universe. I am very happy to have had the opportunity of taking part in this project", said María Teresa Ruiz González, winner of the National Award for Exact Sciences (1997).

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