- The works are mostly by renowned Colombian and Mexican artists such as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Fernando Botero and Alejandro Obregón.
- By logging onto the website https://www.sura.com/arteycultura/ you can access this art collection completely free of charge as well as browse through several SURA publications relating to culture.
- SURA first began its art collection in the 1970s and has built up a Latin American reach following the acquisition of the ING assets throughout the region back in 2011.
Following the trend of renowned international museums such as the Louvre in Paris or the Prado Museum in Madrid, SURA has digitized its entire art collection so as to be able to make this available to the public free of charge on its website https://www.sura.com/arteycultura/. In this way, the Company is reaffirming its commitment to providing opportunities for art to be enjoyed by all, this time on-line.
In this digital collection, visitors can find different paintings, graphic works and sculptures that make up an exhibition that has been gradually amassed since 1972 as part of the Company's interest in preserving and disseminating the various artistic styles of Latin American masters. This collection was considerably enriched in 2011, when Grupo SURA acquired ING's pension and asset management operations in Latin America, thereby adding the Mexican collection to its art gallery.
The collection itself, which covers more than 200 years of Latin American history, totals 1,028 works of art, 651 of which were created by Colombian artists and the remaining 377 by Mexican artists. The pieces include paintings by well-known names in Latin American art such as Fernando Botero, Alejandro Obregón, Débora Arango, Luis Caballero and Francisco Antonio Cano; as well as the Mexican artists Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Rufino Tamayo and David Alfaro Siqueiros.
"Since 1972, SURA has encouraged the development of many artistic talents, showcasing different expressions of popular art and preserving works that form part of the region’s cultural heritage. Likewise, the Company has long been known for its interest in disseminating different artistic expressions, with the aim of encouraging a cultural engagement that in turn marks an exchange of diverse visions," stated Ricardo Jaramillo, member of SURA's Cultural Committee and Chief Business Development and Finance Officer for Grupo SURA.
Visitors to our website shall be able to appreciate different editorial publications promoted by SURA, which include Latin American literature, research on our indigenous and ancestral cultural heritage, among others, all of which relate the history of our region. These can be read and downloaded free of charge.
Visitors shall also have access to the Company's schedule of cultural events as part of the partnerships formed with different entities such as the Hay Festival in Colombia, Peru and Mexico, its support for cultural entities and initiatives in various Latin American cities, and its sponsorship of the Metropolitan Theater in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
This initiative to make its art collection widely and freely available is consistent with the endeavors of the SURA Foundation as part of its line of cultural promotion, for which it has invested more than COP 4,000 million (USD 1.1 million) at year-end 2020, all this aimed at strengthening organizations within the sector, developing the skills of cultural entrepreneurs and artists and encouraging the public to take ownership of our heritage, among other initiatives.
Digitizing this collection and facilitating its public access is a way of preserving our cultural history, especially now when our on-line capabilities are becoming increasing more important in terms of facilitating our leisure activities, since visiting museums and art galleries is still suspended in most parts of the world due to the pandemic.