The Archivo Blomberg Foundation was created in November 2000; it is located in Quito, Ecuador. Its objective is to preserve, organize, research and promote the cultural legacy of the Swedish explorer Rolf Blomberg and of his wife, the artist Araceli Gilbert; and, in this way, to contribute with the democratization and the valuation of cultural goods and identities in their diversity and in relation to their natural environment.
Impelled by the initiative of communitarian organizations and people from communities that are far from the main cities, in 2005 we became more involved in projects that decentralize cultural activities, with the purpose of approaching these to people that usually do not have access to cultural activities of this sort. At the same time, Archivo Blomberg makes documentary films that research and reflect on documentary as an important referent in maintaining dynamic and diverse identities, such as the Ecuadorian, in an increasingly global world.
Our collection dates from 1930s to 1980s. It holds over 30,000 negatives and slides, an important number of vintage photographs, letters and trip chronicles; magazine articles, books, drawings, maps and 36 documentary films by Rolf Blomberg. Archivo Blomberg has also accomplished the gathering of all documentation referring to the life and work of Araceli Gilbert, and holds an important amount of her photographs from her childhood to adulthood. The Archivo follows up the whole of her artistic work and has also produced a book and a documentary of her life and work. Among other things, our collection holds her writings on art, letters, oils on canvas, serigraphy, sculptures and also her silver-smith work. Archivo Blomberg is the only authorized entity to issue authenticity certificates of her work.
Our working team includes specialists in the following: photography, documentary filmmaking, anthropology, visual arts, museography, communications and languages (Swedish, English and Spanish).