“The small collection of Peruvian art includes works by the gallery’s founder, the international fashion photographer Mario Testino, a native of Peru whose subjects have included Princess Diana and Lady Gaga. The colonial building, redesigned as an oversize gallery, is elaborately trimmed in white, inside and out. It’s a great place for a let’s-sit-and-chat meet-up.” —Fred Dust
Avenida Pedro de Osma 409, 51/(0) 1251-7755. This appeared in the October 2013 issue.
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Mario Testino’s Art Gallery
After 35 years living abroad, the famous Lima photographer Mario Testino decided to create the Mario Testino Association in his hometown. In 2012 he restored a historical mansion of republican architecture, respecting its history and preserving the timeless beauty of the place. You’ll be amazed from the moment you walk in: the original tiles are still there, the beautiful landscaping of the entrance garden and the graceful porch. Inside, modern technology ensures optimal viewing: there are seven rooms carefully climate-controlled and perfectly lit for the exhibits. Besides Testino’s own photographs, you can also find work from other Peruvian artists and even some musical performances: the gallery always has something interesting to offer. If you go, make a point to stop at the shop and the charming cafe.