Vendors carry them on their backs or wheel them through down on carts. They are the most basic of furniture: Unpainted chairs made quickly with the most basic tools,
Still they are popular, and they are among the items that can be found in many Costa Rican homes, in dance halls, in small eating places and nearly everywhere. Called banquitos, they have become part of the country’s popular culture.
That is why artist Rodolfo Morales chose them for his exhibition called El Arte de Sentarse, “The Art of Sitting,” which is being featured until July 30 at the Galería Nacional.
The artist has five projects in which he uses the popular chair as part of his material. But there is more. Other artist have done likewise and donated the chair works for sale to benefit the Hospital Nacional de Niños. The hospital has a campaign to raise funds for a mobile clinic.
The Galería Nacional is part of the Museo de los Niños. It is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. It is north on Avenida 9 on Calle 4 in north San José. Admission is free.