The Museum of Art of Puerto Rico (MA-PR) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC-PR) possess a wide cultural background. Their collections reflect the artistic perspective of the is-land’s changes and social transformations by preserving, documenting and disseminating works produced in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Latin America.
The temporality of their exhibitions is almost complementary between both venues. The first includes seventeenth-century pieces, showing a historical evolution in art at the time, which shows continuity towards more modern expressions.
While the works in the MAC-PR are formed from the 1940s until today, showing geopolitical perspectives.
The MA-PR—established in what was formerly the Municipal Hospital of San Juan— is a 130,000 square feet space with 24 galleries distributed between the historic building (west wing) and the addition built into the east wing. Among its collection, the museum preserves more than 1,000 pieces made with various techniques, such as engraving, painting, drawing, sculpture and photography.
For its part, the MAC-PR, founded in 1984 by artists and benefactors of the civil society, stands as a non-profit institution that seeks to remain as a dynamic center for emerging art. This is why it creates and promotes programs, such as Taller Vivo, where it offers recreational and interactive spaces of contemporary artistic production. It also generates professional incentives for artists, to encourage greater participation at international and local events, while promoting their works. It also nurtures a clear and open dialogue between the exhibitors and their audience in any event.
The MAC-PR also exploits its benefactor side through constant philanthropic activities carried out by the Emergency Fund, which deals with situations of extreme need.
Text: Darlene Romero ± Photo: mapr / 90 grados / SDS / TOP 10 DE PUERTO RICO / PUERTP RICO ART NEWS