Uruguay inaugurates its first contemporary art museum
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Atchugarry
On January 8, 2022, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Atchugarry (MACA), the first museum dedicated to contemporary art in Uruguay, opens in Punta del Este.
Image: Recreation (render) of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Atchugarry, by EstudioCarlos Ott.
Fifteen years ago, sculptor Pablo Atchugarry (Montevideo, 1954) founded the Pablo Atchugarry Foundation, created “with the spirit of promoting the plastic arts, literature, music, dance and other creative manifestations of man”. Today, this commitment takes an important step forward with the opening in Punta del Este of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Atchugarry (MACA), which will be inaugurated with an exhibition of the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, as well as a film festival, with art-related films that can be seen from the outside on giant screens.
Designed by the architectural firm of Carlos Ott, the building is located within the Foundation’s park, which is intended for monumental sculptures. In a recent interview on Teledoce’s program “Desayunos Informales”, Pablo Atchugarry explained that the museum is conceived “as one more sculpture in the park”, so that visitors can freely enter and leave the building to enjoy nature and the works exhibited inside, and then re-enter one of the museum’s two floors.
The works on display in the museum come mostly from Pablo Atchugarry’s personal collection, including his first marble sculpture, as well as works by artists such as Carlos Cruz Diez, Wifredo Lam and Frank Stella. #2021 #theartwolf