Putting Uruguay on the art map: sculptor Pablo Atchugarry is developing a entire world-course museum in his house region

The new Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Americano beneath development in the resort metropolis of Punta…


The new Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Americano beneath development in the resort metropolis of Punta del Este, Uruguay
Photo: Lorena Larriestra and Nicolas Vidal

Hoping to bolster his country’s presence on the world wide art scene, the Uruguayan sculptor Pablo Atchugarry is overseeing the progress of the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Atchugarry (Maca). Intended by Carlos Ott and billed as the most detailed modern artwork museum in Uruguay, it has amassed a selection of more than 500 functions by artists such as Frank Stella, Vik Muniz, Louise Nevelson and Joaquín Torres-García and is to open up in the vacation resort town of Punta del Este on 8 January.

“Uruguay lacks the existence of a museum with a up to date artwork emphasis or an international selection,” suggests Atchugarry, who is siting the 75,000 sq. ft museum around the current buildings of his non-income foundation in the coastal city. Made with red grandis eucalyptus wood, the museum has five galleries and a terrace overlooking a sculpture park that includes all over 70 will work by artists including Édgar Negret, Verónica Vázquez and Mauro Staccioli. Admission will be totally free.


The 75,000 sq. ft Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Americano will be surrounded by a sculpture park featuring all-around 70 monumental performs
Rendering: Carlos Ott

“Nature is quite significantly current in the space,” says Piero Atchugarry, the artist’s son and the president of the museum’s advisory board. “There are lakes, and the terrain has been modelled so that the operates can be uncovered. It’s a tranquil space, exactly where you can love a single-of-a-form sunsets.”

His father hopes that Maca will type a bridge between Uruguayan art and the global modern scene by attracting site visitors from other international locations. Most artwork institutions in Uruguay are in the capital, Montevideo, and draw a neighborhood audience. “The museum will be component of the legacy that I go away to Punta del Este, Uruguay and humanity,” Pablo Atchugarry claims.


Pablo Atchugarry, the sculptor powering the museum
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Maca’s permanent selection has largely been amassed by the Atchugarry loved ones, and there are ideas to organise an acquisitions committee future year. The price tag of the museum is undisclosed, but the household says that building and the inaugural programming are financed by the basis and via donations.

An exhibition of works by the late artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude organised in collaboration with Christo’s estate will inaugurate the place future calendar year. Most of these functions are remaining revealed in Uruguay for the to start with time.

Started in 2007, the Fundación Pablo Atchugarry encourages cultural action in the place and has already opened exhibition spaces, instructional workshops, an auditorium, an open up-air stage and a heliport.