In a pioneer and visionary way, Eugenio
Heiremans started in 1958 to buy art works
to put them at the Security Chilean Association,
an institution of which he was the founder
and is the President for more than forty
years. That way, the halls, offices and
aisles got some of Chile's best painters
and sculptors. In 1972 he sponsored a contest
to create a mural for the waiting hall of
Santiago's Hospital del Trabajador. The
winners were the mural group Ramona Parra.
In 1978 he promoted, through Manufacturing
Promotion Society, the program "Arte-Empresa",
which aimed for the alliance of industries
and artists, the former giving the materials,
the latter doing the artistic works.
His idea of decorating with art the offices
of the Chilean Security Association has
not stopped. Now, the Association holds
the works of Mario Carreño, Carlos
Ortúzar, Mario Toral, Gonzalo Cienfuegos,
Carmen Aldunate, Rodolfo Opazo, Benjamín
Lira and Concepción Balmes. They
are all gathered in the book "Culture
and work". In 1995, he gave the SOFOFA
a bust made by sculptor Lily Garafulic.
That same year paintings were assigned to
Claudio Di Girólamo for the Hospital
del Trabajador´s chapel in Santiago.
In 1997, sculptor Pablo Rivera put one of
his works at the Parque Bustamante Metro
His interest also reaches Theater, supporting
the work of his late brother, actor and
writer Tito Heiremans, and the restoration
of the Cariola Theater.
As the treasurer and Founding Director of
Chile's Cultural Heritage Corporation he
has been a key figure for getting resources
and institutional support for the restoration
of Valparaiso's Barburizza Museum, the conservation
of the collections at National Library's
Medina Hall and the foundation of Colchagua´s
El Huique Museum, among other projects.
Today, Eugenio Heiremans is part of SOFOFA´s
Educational Commission, which looks for
mechanisms to support Chilean Educational
Systems, highlighting national culture.
He has been the director, founder, president
or assistant of some of Chile's most important
companies and institutions, among them Philips,
Megavision (TV station), CORFO, ICARE, Radio
Chilean Society, La Nacion newspaper and
CEPAL. His interest on social issues was
made clear by his work as the director of
Social and Education Foundation Dr. Hernán
The award that the Bicentennial Commission
gives to Eugenio Heiremans is a recognition
to his trajectory and legacy, especially
for shaping the role that the private sector
has on the country's cultural development.