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Gallery of the IDB Cultural Center

The IDB Cultural Center Gallery has existed since 1992 at the Bank's headquarters in Washington, DC. Its purpose is to address the Bank's development issues through the lens of creativity and culture in multidisciplinary exhibitions featuring contemporary artists from Latin America and the Caribbean.

We create immersive, participatory exhibitions and commission artists to create site-specific works. For each exhibition we develop a program of public events or Gallery Talks to dive deeper into the topics of the exhibitions in conversations with artists, curators and the Bank’s specialists. The exhibitions and cultural events are intended to inject creativity and inspire the public, influencers and future decision makers with innovative and creative solutions to on-going development challenges.


Location Point

1300 New York Avenue, N.W., Washington DC 20577


Free and open to the public Monday – Friday, 11am-6pm







Past Exhibitions


July 18, 2017 – October 13, 2017


“Inhotim: at the Crossroads of Glocal Change”, featuring the artwork of Olafur Eliasson, Iran do Espirito Santo, Vik Muniz, and Luiz Zerbini, is the first exhibition from the Inhotim Institute in the United States and is intended to be a statement of how necessary it is to recognize, collectively, that climate change is happening and that it is not a positive or sustainable future for nature – or for ourselves, as part of this larger system. Through a partnership with the IDB, Inhotim’s first exhibition in the USA will introduce the American public to works from its contemporary art collection, the richness of the botanical garden’s biodiversity, and the history and significance of this landmark institution that was created in one of the world’s most heavily mined regions. We hope it will inspire the public to think about the important role that synesthetic and collective experiences can play on cultural and ecological change. At the same time, however, Inhotim sees themselves as an example of hope and potential for collective change at a "glocal" level – which means to think global and act local. They believe it is possible to create, experience, and reflect on change in a positive way, with small but great practices, through (a relationship with) art and botanical collections/nature. It is with this outlook that Inhotim strives to make us understand that another attitude is necessary, collectively, in order to acknowledge and act upon climate change positively. In so doing, this exhibition also celebrates Inhotim’s "glocal" understanding about their participation in the world: act in Brumadinho/Minas Gerais, Brazil and think with a global perspective.


March 16 - May 26, 2017

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Designing Paraguayhighlights emerging talent in Paraguay, young men and women who are lighting the way for future innovations in the creative industries. Here, we showcase Paraguayan innovation across a variety of disciplines. The exhibition represents a shift away from traditional craft, but also a recognition of the importance of local knowledge and culture applied to globally-minded creative products.

 Paraguay – a small, landlocked country sometimes referred to as the heart of South America – is known for its rolling landscape, dense jungle, and the importance of its two principal waterways: the Paraguay and Parana rivers. The country is thoroughly bilingual – both in culture and in language – as the indigenous Guarani culture is part of Paraguayan daily life and both Spanish and Guarani are the official languages.

 As Paraguay looks ahead into the future, it is moving away from an agricultural and industrial economy toward a more competitive global, knowledge-based economy. One such area of growth is the cultural and creative industries – those endeavors that lie at the crossroads of art, design, culture, business, and technology – which represents about 6.1% of the world’s GDP. While the country has experienced an average growth rate of 4.8% annually from 2005-2016, this is mostly credited to agricultural and commodity exports. Creativity, as the driver of innovation, may in fact contribute to significant economic diversification.

 This exhibition aims to disrupt our perception of Paraguay so that we may discover the diversity of its talent and the potential global impact of its creative output. The voices that are emerging onto the international scene are highlighted here with work that draws inspiration from rich and unique cultural traditions and holds the promise of boosting growth and improving the lives of millions of Paraguayans.



April 14 – July 2016

In a world with shrinking material resources and a growing reliance on innovation and technology, the creative industries are becoming an ever more important tool of economic growth. Animation, the art of illustrating video sequences, is one such industry that is experiencing growing potential as both a business and an art form. Caribbean in Motion seeks to explore the multifaceted social and economic benefits associated with the animation industry. These benefits include economic growth, increased social justice and awareness, as well as a greater capacity for creativity, artistry, and expression.

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in partnership with the Anime Caribe Caribbean Animation Festival, presents this exhibit with the hope of increasing awareness of the importance of supporting a vibrant creative economy. Developing new outlets for creative production may pave the way for a sustainable, 21st Century social and economic development.



October 27, 2016 - February 3, 2017

Resilience is defined as the human ability to cope with difficult times and bounce back from personal trauma. In much the same way, when a society is confronted with the aftermath of a collective hardship – whether sociopolitical, ecological, or institutional – its people must figure out how to process these events collectively. Creativity and art have always been an essential tool for a society to reclaim its own historical narrative and draw lessons for the future. In this way, artists create a space for society’s healing and growth.

The Inter-American Development Bank, with support from the Smithsonian Latino Center and the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Washington, presents Resilience as an example of how art and creativity provide an important social value by giving expression to sentiments that help to shape our collective narratives.

Today, the Dominican Republic is one of the most dynamic economies in the Caribbean region. Nevertheless, the advances in reducing poverty and inequality have not kept pace with GDP growth. Looking toward the future, the country needs to improve the quality of education, healthcare infrastructure and services, diversify exports, and boost productivity,- while also adapting to climate change and promoting innovation. As a partner in the Dominican Republic’s economic and social development for nearly six decades, the IDB is committed to working with the government, NGOs, and private sector partners to achieve these goals.

Artist List: Pepe Coronado, René de los Santos, Iliana Emilia García, Reynaldo García Pantaleón, Luanda Lozano, Miguel Luciano, Germán Perez, Ella Pérez-Garcia, Narciso Polanco, Freddy Rodríguez, Moses Ros-Suárez (co-curator), Juan Sánchez, Fernando Tamburini, Ezequiel Taveras, Rider Ureña.



December 10, 2015 – March 1, 2016

Q&A: with Seven Contemporary Cuban Artistsis the first exhibition of contemporary Cuban art held in Washington, DC in many, many years. The show offers a fresh and multidimensional view of the island to a public more used to imagining their neighboring nation as a black and white photograph, frozen in time.

Those who visit Q&A may discover, through the eyes of seven young and talented artists, a fascinating society in constant evolution, where memories of the past are intertwined with concerns of the present and questions about the future.

Online catalog available here .



October 5th to November 25th, 2015

VanguardISTHMUS is a selection of works by Central American artists drawn from the Ortiz Gurdian Foundation Collection. It features artists and works that belong to a fragile, yet resilient region which is prepared to be fearless, and take on any limiting circumstances with flexibility. Their visual language characterizes the isthmus, which advocates for a Central America that is not weighed down by its social composition, violence or migration, but rather fights against its prevailing distorted image.

Abstraction Abstracción Abstração: Sophistication in Brazilian Art


March 24 to May 16, 2014

IDB Cultural Center Gallery

1300 New York Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC, 20577



The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) presents the exhibition “Abstraction Abstracción Abstração: Sophistication in Brazilian Art,” as a preamble and special tribute to Brazil, site of the 55th Annual Meeting of the IDB’s Board of Governors, taking place in Costa do Sauípe, Bahia March 27–30. The exhibit in Washington, DC is open to the public from March 24 to May 16, 2014 .



IDB Cultural Center Gallery

1300 New York Avenue, N.W.Washington, DC, 20577



The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) opens “GOLS for Development,” a digital and photographic exhibition that narrates the impact of sportas a vehicle for social transparency, taking as an example thelife of Pelé, King of Soccer, in parallel with several projects on sports for development implemented in marginal areas in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Brazilian photographer José Dias Herrera is featured in thisexhibition, which consists of 19 photographs, two videos, from the personal archives of Pelé and from IDB mission archives.

More than an exhibit, “GOLS for Development” is a realisticaccount of development and social mobility through sportsand culture, to inspire us to create an increasingly equitable socioeconomic playing field.

The exhibition will be open through February 28 , 2014 at the IDB Cultural Center Gallery in Washington, DC, and has been curated and presented by the IDB Cultural Center in the Office of External Relations, in partnership with Legends 10, Pele´s representatives in the United States.

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Exhibition: July 8 to September 27, 2013 at the Center's art gallery at IDB, located at 1300 New York Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC, 20577.

Hours: MON-FRI 11AM-6 PM.  
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"Acrílico No. 7," 1993 by Fanny Sanín (b. Bogotá, Colombia, 1938 – ) acrylic on canvas, 40 x 36 inches

Exhibition featuring 36 pieces by24 artists, including Edgar Negret, Fanny Sanín, Enrique Grau, David Manzur and Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar, among others, and is curated by Félix Ángel.It is a visual tour that highlights the complexities, challenges and singularities of Colombia through the eyes of several of its most important artists.

The exhibition artworks were selected and organized chronologically according to the different periods in which the artists worked. The visual journey begins with pre-Columbian replicas, continuing with the reinvention of the territory from the 15th to the 19th centuries, the 20th century and through the early 1950s with the beginning of contemporary art, the social transformations of the 1960s, the decentralization of art in the 1970s, and concludes with works of the end of the century.



Exhibition: December 19, 2012 to February 15, 2013 at theCenter's art gallery at IDB, located at 1300 New York Avenue, N.W.,Washington, DC, 20577.

MON-FRI 9:30 AM-6 PM

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Funerary mask from tomb 196, Tikal. Mosaic of carved jade and Spondylus shell pieces. ca. 700 CE. This treasure from Tikal never leaves Guatemala. It is the head of the avian Sun god, made of jade mosaic pieces, and would have been worn by a king in full ceremonial dress. National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology of Guatemala. Image courtesy of Jesús López.

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Cultural Center and the Country Department for Belize, Central America, Mexico, Panama and the Dominican Republic, will host the exhibit entitled “Heavenly Jade of the Maya” comprising rare jade jewelry and objects from recent archaeological discoveries.The exhibit will commemorate the ending of the Maya calendar cycle (December 21, 2012) known asbak´tun, and the beginning of a new era. The Mesoamerican civilization studied the movement of the stars for centuries, and constructed a conceptual foundation to explain the relation of the individual and the cosmos. The exhibit displays the creative wealth worn by powerful nobles to keep their rituals and beliefs alive, since the Maya considered jade more precious than gold.

The contents of the exhibition are from the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in Guatemala City. Part of the exhibition project includes financing a technical cooperation to train three Guatemalans in jade conservation in a newly installed laboratory facility at the museum.



Exhibition:March 7 to June 2, 2013 at the Center's art gallery at IDB, located at 1300 New York Avenue, N.W.,Washington, DC, 20577.


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"Kuna Tapestry (Tapiz kuna)," 1991. By Teresa Icaza (b. 1940 – d. 2010). Oil and collage on canvas, 120 x 100 cm. Colección privada.

Foto: Hernán Santos

The IDB Cultural Center is proud to host thisexhibithonoring the Republic of Panama,host country of the IDB Annual Meeting, which will take place from March 14–20, 2013. The exhibition highlights the history of modern and contemporary art by Panamanian women and will include paintings, photographs, sculptures, and video art from the 1920s to the present. The 22 artworks, selected by Panamanian curator Dr. Monica E. Kupfer, reveal the ways in which a varied group of female artists have experienced and represented significant geopolitical events in the nation’s history. Their interpretations also show the position of women in Panamanian society, and their views of themselves through their own and others’ eyes.

Among the artists are: Susana Arias, Beatrix (Trixie) Briceño, Fabiola Buritica, Coqui Calderón, María Raquel Cochez, Donna Conlon, Isabel De Obaldía, Sandra Eleta, Ana Elena Garuz, Teresa Icaza, Iraida Icaza, Amelia Lyons de Alfaro, Lezlie Milson, Rachelle Mozman, Roser Muntañola de Oduber, Amalia Rossi de Jeanine, Olga Sánchez, Olga Sinclair, Victoria Suescum, Amalia Tapia, Alicia Viteri, and Emily Zhukov.



Exhibition: open until April 30, 2013 at The Gallery Walk at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) 

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Artist Sixto Seguil, from Huancayo, Peru, working on a gourd.

Photo: DKYM Desinise Okuyama, Peru

Washington National Airport holds first ever Latin American art exhibit. DCA’s Gallery Walk showcases 56 artworks ranging from decorative crafts to photographs and mixed media from 17 Latin American countries through April 30, 2013.

Latin America’s diverse ingenuity and creativity will be on display at the Gallery Walk at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), where millions of travelers and the general public will be able to visit, for the next six months, an arts and crafts exhibition organized by the Cultural Center of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority’s Arts Program.



Exhibition: August 1 to September 28, 2012 at the Center's art gallery at IDB, located at 1300 New York Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC, 20577.
Hours: MON-FRI, 11 AM-6PM.

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"Mother and Child," 1986by Andy WarholUnited States (Pittsburgh, PA, 1928 - New York, NY, 1987) screenprint on paper, AP (4/50); 36 x 36 inches

IDB displays works of grand masters of painting. Works by Mexico’s Diego Rivera, Andy Warhol of the United States, and Edgar Negret of Colombia are part of an art exhibit organized by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its Cultural Center.

Thisexhibit includes 23 pieces from the IDB Art Collection. The works are inspired by themes such as Latin American and Caribbean history, indigenous cultures, slavery, revolution, freedom, justice, violence, and popular traditions."The Power of Culture" will offer visitors an opportunity to learn about a variety of creative expressions.

The exhbition also includes works by Carlos Cruz-Diez of Venezuela, Antonio Seguí of Argentina, Maxwell Taylor of Bahamas, Patricia Israel of Chile, José Alberto Hernández Campos of Costa Rica, Luis González Palma of Guatemala and Virginia Patrone of Uruguay, among others.



Exhibition: March 5 to June 1, 2012 at the Center's art gallery at IDB,  located at 1300 New York Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC, 20577.
Hours: MON-FRI, 11 AM-6PM.

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"Los últimos cines I (The Last Cinemas I)", 2000, by Diego Velazco (b. 1967, Montevideo, Uruguay) black and white photograph, 6 x 6 cm film, Hasselblad 503 camera, printed on Epson 9800, K3 inks, on Epson Premium 260 gram (1/7) paper; 27.5 x 27.5 inches

Contemporary Uruguayan Artists: A Uruguayan Presence in the ABOUT CHANGE ExhibitionThe exhibition honors Uruguay and the City of Montevideo, site of the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the IDB.

The 17 art works selected for the exhibition offer a panorama of contemporary Uruguayan creativity. These pieces revisit history, explore memory, examine changes that have transformed culture and the environment, and rethink traditions. It includes painting, print, sculpture, mixed media, and photography, by 13 artists: Santiago Aldabalde, Ana Campanella, Muriel Cardoso, Gerardo Carella, Federico Meneses, Ernesto Rizzo, Jacqueline Lacasa, Gabriel Lema, Daniel Machado, Cecilia Mattos, Diego Velazco, Santiago Velazco, and Diego Villalba.

This exhibit is also part of ABOUT CHANGE, a project implemented by the World Bank Art Program in cooperation with the IDB Cultural Center and the Art Museum of the Americas of the Organization of American States (OAS). This initiative comprises a series of exhibitions representing Latin America and the Caribbean being held in various venues in Washington DC.

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 New Visions


Exhibition: November 7, 2011 - February 3, 2012 at theCenter's art gallery at IDB headquarters in Washington, DC

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"El cafecito (The Little Café)," 1973 by Emilio Sánchez Cuban-American, b. Camagüey, Cuba 1921 – d. New York City, New York, United States, 1999

Color lithograph, AP, edition 50; 22 x 29 3/4 inches (55.88 x 75.57 cm) Gift of the Emilio Sánchez Foundation, New York (2011)

Photo: Gregory StaleyThe present exhibition entitled New Visions: A Selection of the Latest Acquisitions from the IDB Art Collection, 2008-2011 is part of the 19th anniversary celebrations of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Cultural Center, originally inaugurated on May 15th 1992 by the President of Chile, Patricio Aylwin.

On this occasion the IDB Cultural Center is pleased to present an exhibit of the artworks that became part of the Collection through the acquisition fund, gifts and permanent loans. It features 25 art works by 17 artists such as Federico Martino, Sebastián Spreng, and Susana Sulic (Argentina); Gastón Orellana (Chile); Ana Isabel Díez Zuluaga and Omar Rayo (Colombia); Silvia Elena Monge Puig (Costa Rica); Niurka Barroso (Cuba-Canada); Carmen Herrera and Emilio Sánchez (Cuba-United States); Julio Valdez (Dominican Republic); Geovanny Verdezoto (Ecuador); Luis González Palma (Guatemala); Mireille Délice (Haiti); Antonio López Sáenz and Alberto Alejandro Millares Méndez (Mexico); and Naúl Ojeda (Uruguay).

Latin American Artists of Italian Descent
Latin Artists of Italian Descent

Exhibition: August 15 – October 21, 2011 at the Center's art gallery at IDB headquarters in Washington, DC

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"Recuerdos de Jorge Amado (Memories of Jorge Amado)," 1988 by Miguel A. Battegazzore, Uruguayan, b. Montevideo, Uruguay, 1931-, acrylic on linen, 34 1/2 x 45 inches

This selection of art works by Latin American artists of Italian descent constitutes a symbolic yet significant exploration of the Italian cultural presence and its influence in Latin America. The exhibit proudly celebrates the 150th Anniversary of Italy's Unification.

Among the artists included are: Héctor Borla, Sergio Camporeale, Ricardo Crivelli, Eduardo Medici, Emilio Pettoruti, and Rogelio Polesello (Argentina), Lyria Palombini (Brazil), Roberto Sebastián Matta (Chile), Umberto Giangrandi (Colombia), Francisco Amighetti (Costa Rica),Javier Bassi, Miguel A. Battegazzore, José Belloni, Enrique Broglia, Pedro Figari, Antonio Frasconi,Diego Masi and Carlos María Tonelli(Uruguay). More >>

Contemporary Jamaican Artists

"A New Beginning," 2009 by Michael Parchment, b. 1957, Jamaica. Oil on hardboard, 37 5/8 x 27 inches

Exhibition: May 18 – July 22, 2011 at the Center's art gallery at IDB headquarters in Washington, DC

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A selection of contemporary Jamaican artists, invited by the World Bank to exhibit their work in the Caribbean segment of ABOUT CHANGE, the hemispheric survey organized by the World Bank Art Program in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank, the Organization of American States. More >>

V Inter-American Biennal

V Inter-American Biennial of Video Art Logo design by Leilany Garron

December 6, 2010– January 28,2011 at the Center's art gallery at IDB headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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20 videos from 11 countries, including Puerto Rico, comprise the 5th edition of the IDB Cultural Center Video Biennial. Winning and selected videos, from an international call to Latin American and Caribbean artists for 5-minute videos, creatively explore and broaden the discussion of factors that affect the social, cultural and economic environments in the Region. Exhibition includes First, Second and Third Prize winners, Honorable Mentions, and additional entries selected from among 223 sent by artists from 20 countries. More>>

Canadian Impressions

Exhibition: February 28 – April 29, 2011 at the Center's art gallery at IDB headquarters in Washington, DC

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"Three Totem Poles," 2010. By Michel Gautier, b. April 6, 1959, Cotonou, Benin. Recycled hand-made cotton paper with photolithography. Height: Totems No. 1 and 2, 64 inches (162.56 cm); Totem No. 3, 40 inches (101.6 cm).Diameter: approximately 18 inches (45.72 cm)

An exhibition honoring Canada and the City of Calgary, in Alberta, site of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank. Twelve Canadian artists, selected from an open call, present 34 prints in various techniques, from etching to monotype; they include: Briar Craig, Delio Delgado, René Derouin, Katie Fife, Joscelyn Gardner, Michel Gautier, Vanessa Hall-Patch, Miriam Rudolph, Tracy Lynn Templeton, Todd Tremeer, Oscar Danilo Vargas, and Laura Widmer. More >>