The Pablo Neruda Foundation was created on June 4, 1986, based on the last will and testament of Matilde Urrutia, widow of the poet, which provided the creation of the Foundation, outlined its rules and appointed its directors and advisers.
The desire to create this Foundation arose in the early fifties, when Pablo Neruda donated his library and collection of shells to Universidad de Chile. Later, after returning home following his diplomatic mission to France, and with the help of his lawyer Sergio Insunza, the poet wrote and designed his will, through which he established his foundational will.
From the outset, the objective of the Pablo Neruda Foundation has been to promote and preserve the poetic, artistic and humanist legacy of the poet, with the purpose of cultivating and propagating art and literature and ensuring access by all audiences to the legacy of our Nobel Laureate. The work of the Foundation places great emphasis on supporting artistic and literary creation, especially in the younger generations, facilitating its museum houses for all kinds of cultural activities, giving prizes and offering workshops.
It also promotes and facilitates meetings and dialogs with writers, artists and academics linked to artistic expressions, establishing links with similar organizations, domestic and foreign, to conduct joint activities and enhance the dynamism of the cultural sector in Chile.
The Pablo Neruda Foundation would not have been possible without the strong will and dedication of Matilde Urrutia, who during the poet’s lifetime and with greater tenacity even after his death, collected, organized and grew his legacy.
The restoration of many objects that are now in the art gallery, the collections, furniture, the organization of the library and archives, has been an arduous and delicate task. Thanks to years of effort and the assistance of numerous specialists, today the Foundation has turned all three houses into museums: La Chascona, La Sebastiana and Isla Negra, with an average of 306 thousand visitors per year who come from all over the world to enjoy their history and the activities offered by the associated cultural centers.
To achieve its purpose of developing and spreading knowledge of Neruda and his work, the Foundation works closely with leading scholars of Neruda from around the world, such as Chilean professor and resident in Italy, Hernán Loyola, French professor Alain Sicard, Chilean teacher in California Jaime Concha, US professor René de Costa and essayist Saul Yurkievich, to name a few.
The Foundation currently publishes the Nerudiana journal; it offers poetry workshops in La Chascona, Isla Negra, La Sebastiana and Temuco; it awards an annual Pablo Neruda Award for Poetry to poets under 40 years; and it has a cultural extension program that includes meeting, conferences, poetry competitions, exhibits, forums, seminars and festivals.
Fernando Sáez García
Director of Administration and Finance
Katty Arriagada Barrera
Darío Oses Moya
M. Carolina Briones Méndez
Collection & Conservation
Javier Ormeño Bustos
Director Isla Negra Museum House
M. Carolina Rivas Cruz
Director La Sebastiana Museum House
Jaime Pinos Fuentes