Historic Alliance Between Museo de Arte de Ponce and Museo de Arte Puerto Rico

The collaboration begins with the exhibition The Museo de Arte de Ponce at the MAPR: Victorian Art

(San Juan, Puerto Rico – January 18, 2022) – The president of the Board of Trustees of the Museo de Arte de Ponce, María Luisa Ferré Rangel and Juan Antonio Larrea, president of the Board of Trustees of the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico announced today the signing of an agreement that formalizes a historic alliance between the two institutions, which will last two years. Marta Mabel Pérez and Cheryl Hartup, directors of the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico and the Museo de Arte de Ponce, respectively, were also present during the announcement.

This agreement takes place in the context of the closure of the galleries of the Museo de Arte de Ponce, due to the reconstruction work of the Edward Durell Stone building, after the damages caused by the impact of the earthquakes in January 2020.

“At the Museo de Arte de Ponce we always take on challenges with courage and creativity. This time it will be no different and with this alliance that we announce today we are starting a process through which our collection will visit prestigious local and international institutions to continue fulfilling our mission. Having a gallery in the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico until 2024 will also be an opportunity for both museums to work on joint educational programming that will benefit all the populations we serve, especially those disadvantaged communities for whom art is a vehicle of inspiration. We cannot be more enthusiastic and grateful for this historic union”, said Ferré Rangel.

“At the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, we all feel that it is an honor to host a cultural institution of reference, such as the Museo de Arte de Ponce, and we are sure that this collaborative space that we have created will be of mutual growth. The possibilities that this alliance opens, in the short and long term, demonstrate the commitment we have to guarantee access to the cultural and artistic heritage that our island houses,” Larrea said.

The first exhibition that is part of this collaboration is entitled The Museo de Arte de Ponce at the MAPR: Victorian Art. The exhibition will open to the public on January 23, at the Church’s Gallery of the Museum in Santurce, and will feature the iconic work Flaming June (1895), by Frederic Leighton. Acquired by Don Luis A. Ferré, founder of the Museum in the 1960s, this painting is considered a masterpiece of Victorian art.

The director of the Ponce Museum of Art, Cheryl Hartup, was very enthusiastic about the collaboration and expressed that “it is a privilege to have the support of the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico at this time when we are beginning the reconstruction process of the galleries of our Museum. This union between both museums is an example of the commitment, solidarity and generosity of our host Museum in providing collaborative spaces that continue to foster the interest of the Puerto Rican community and foreign visitors in our artistic heritage and allows us to continue providing access to our important collection.” Hartup added that this is the first in a series of collaborations with prestigious local and US institutions to keep the museum’s collection alive and accessible to local and international audiences until reconstruction is complete.

“In the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico we have characterized ourselves by maintaining links with the cultural institutions of the country, as well as by keeping our doors open for them. In times of challenges for all, we are certainly pleased to support the continuity of the Museo de Arte de Ponce program from our headquarters in Santurce and the joint mission of both institutions to make art from Puerto Rico and the world accessible. We know that the series of exhibitions and the programming related to it during the term of the alliance will be extraordinary and for this reason we invite the local and international public to enjoy it”, informed Marta Mabel Pérez.

The exhibition The Museo de Arte de Ponce at MAPR: Victorian Art comprises 13 works from its renowned collection of British art. The works in this exhibition reflect the changing art scene of the Victorian England. Helena Gómez de Córdoba, curator of the Ponce Art Museum, indicated that “Victorian Art is the first temporary exhibition that we have organized since the closure of our galleries in early 2020 and constitutes one of four exhibitions that will be held at the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico during the period of this collaborative alliance. We are inarguably inaugurating that alliance in a big way by making our iconic work, Flaming June – a landmark of Victorian art – the centerpiece of the exhibition.”

As part of the opening day of the Victorian Art exhibition, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., there will be a multidisciplinary creative workshop aimed at the general public, entitled Victorian Easel Art. The workshop will explore the techniques of collage and mixed media and will be led by the Pedagogías Creativas group from the Center for Educational Innovation of the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico.
“This exhibition will allow us the opportunity to attract a more heterogeneous audience to the Museum, to deal with new topics and to strengthen our educational program, since each museum has its own area of specialty. We know that museums become stronger when they come together, and our responsibility is to be generous in providing access to our programs and resources. Puerto Rico will be able to enjoy a cultural banquet when they visit us,” added Larrea.

Ferré Rangel concluded by emphasizing that “on behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Museo de Arte de Ponce, I deeply thank the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico for making this alliance possible, which reaffirms the commitment of both institutions to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of the Puerto Rican people.”

This exhibition has been possible thanks to the support of Nicholas Prouty and the Joint Commission on Legislative Donations of the Government of Puerto Rico. The Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico is located at Ave. De Diego #299 in Santurce and is open to the public on Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and from Friday to Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. More information by calling the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico at 787-977-6277 or the Museo de Arte de Ponce at 787-840-1510. You can also access the web pages of the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico www.mapr.org and the Museo de Arte de Ponce www.museoarteponce.org, or through the social media pro files in Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using @museomapr and @ museumarteponce. Tickets to visit this exhibition will be available through the PRTicket.com platform.

About Museo de Arte de Ponce:

The Museo de Arte de Ponce is a non-profit organization founded in 1959 by Luis A. Ferré (1904-2003) and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1987. The institution is recognized worldwide as an important center for European art in America and offers its visitors a rich panorama of Western art, from the late Middle Ages to the dawn of the 20th century. For six decades, the Museum has excelled in areas such as research, conservation and education, connecting the community with art.

About Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico:

The Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR) is a non-profit organization inaugurated on July 1, 2000 and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 2012. Its mission is to study, investigate and preserve the Puerto Rican artistic heritage in order to foster innovative, inclusive and participatory approaches between the visual arts and the communities they serve. In 2020, the Ford Foundation named MAPR to its list of America’s Cultural Treasures for its record of excellence and significant impact on the cultural landscape. Located at #299 De Diego Avenue in Santurce, its important and varied art collection houses work by Puerto Rican artists, or residents of Puerto Rico, from the 18th century to the present.