You wouldn’t expect a naked guy in the middle of San Salvador. But this one is at least twelve metres high, painted on a concrete concave-shaped wall in front of the fantastic MARTE modern art museum.
Yes, modern art in one of the poorest countries in the world. Art keeps the mind sane in crazy times. El Salvador had plenty of those. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that a sculpture of a begging, desperate man awaits you at the start of the permanent exhibition.
The MARTE (Museo de Arte Moderno San Salvador) was opened in 2003 in the uphill Colonia San Benito. It’s a clean modernist building, with white walls, clear lines and high ceilings.
Jardin de las Artes
There are more sculptures outside in the Jardin de las Artes. But you might want to sneak inside again to also explore the temporary exhibitions in six big rooms. There was some impressive stuff by local artists on display when we visited, and exhibitions change every 1-3 months.
Not satisfied still? Finish your visit in style at the Punto Literario restaurant / cafe, which is a bit upmarket and also really good. And then off to drink a cocktail in the swanky La Benito area?!