The team at Artmatcher is a lover of all art, but a few of us have a hankering for Latin American art. So today, we are going to talk about the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, which is a museum we learned about when interviewing our recent podcast guest, María C. Gaztambide.
About the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico
The Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR) is located in San Juan, PR. It was founded in 1995 when the Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico approved the museum’s construction.
On June 30, 2000, the museum was officially inaugurated. The first exhibition, “Treasures of Puerto Rican Painting,” involved a collaboration of the country’s principal cultural institutions, The Musée d’Orsay, and 50 private collectors.
The painting “The Student” by Puerto Rican artist Francisco Oller was the highlight, having traveled from the Musée d’Orsay in France for the occasion.
Since that first exhibit, the museum has amassed more than 1,000 works of art that include prints, paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, and new media, among others.
Today, the collection is home to works of art from the 17th century to the present and contains artwork produced by Puerto Rican Masters and emerging artists.
Exhibitions & Education Oppourtinities
The MAPR has 24 galleries, with many dedicated to temporary exhibitions. This allows for a diversity of exhibitions that supports guests in exploring works from a wide variety of artists, historical periods, and subjects.
Select works that we find interesting and would encourage you to check out are:
- “Por la encendida calle Antillana va Tembandumba de la Quimbamba” (2003) by Carlos Cancio
- “La Milagrosa Botánica Shop” (1990) by Nick Quijano
- “Pescadores de muelles” (1964) by Epifanio Irizarry
The MAPR always has educational opportunities that encourage appreciation, enjoyment, and a love for the visual arts. There is something for everyone with programs for students and teachers, youth and adults, and families. Opportunities include workshops, guided tours, meetings with visual artists, and family days.