Two of the main entities that promote art and culture in Puerto Rico join efforts

The Museo de Arte y Diseño de Miramar presents an exhibition of selected artworks of the Latin American Collection of the Museo de Arte de Ponce

September 12, 2021— Beginning in October 15, The Museo de Arte y Diseño de Miramar (MADMi) in collaboration with the Museo de Arte de Ponce (MAP), will exhibit Transformations: Latin American Works of the Museo de Arte de Ponce 1955-1975. With this alliance, both cultural entities remain firm in their mission to educate and expand appreciation for art and culture.

“We are honored to serve as the headquarters of the Museo de Arte de Ponce, in Miramar, and we are thrilled to have the unique opportunity to present a selection of works of high cultural value that are part of MAP’s impressive Latin American Collection. In addition, through this collaboration, both museums are exposing themselves to new audiences, which brings them closer to our mission of educating about the importance of art and culture in Puerto Rico,” said Nicole Pietri, Director of MADMi.

About this collaboration, the Director of the Museo de Arte de Ponce, Cheryl Hartup, said “We are very happy and grateful to the MADMi team. Their knowledge about the collection of Latin American Art of the Museo de Arte de Ponce, has been key in the organization of this interesting exhibition. These are very important and little-known artworks from the Museum’s collection so we invite the public to visit and enjoy them.”

The exhibition will feature a selection of 36 works by Puerto Rican and Latin American artists, including Claudio Bravo (Chile), Olga Albizú (Puerto Rico), Cundo Bermúdez (Cuba), Jesús Rafael Soto (Venezuela), Omar Rayo (Colombia), Lorenzo Homar (Puerto Rico), Olga Dueñas (USA/Ecuador), Rafael Coronel (México) and Carlos Mérida (Guatemala), among many other artists of international recognition.

“The Museo de Arte de Ponce is a world-renowned institution and the most important in our Island, whose reputation largely responds to its exquisite collections of European art, spanning eight centuries of Western Art. However, the exhibition Transformations was born from our desire to present to the public one of the lesser-known collections of the Museo de Arte de Ponce, but whose cultural richness is incalculable. The selection of 36 works of art from the Latin American collection that we will be presenting focuses mainly on works created during the 1960s, a decade that was categorized by the constant changes that led Latin American artists of the time to explore diversity of styles and communicate their cultural identity, hence the name of the exhibition Transformations”, informed Marilú Purcell, Curator of the exhibition.

“Distributed in four exhibition halls, the works are presented in thematic groups that refer to social interests and realities shared by their avant-garde creators. This exhibition offers an excellent opportunity to appreciate the works of an extraordinary group of Latin American creators (by birth or by choice) of the twentieth century and the multiple styles they practiced,” concluded Purcell.

The Transformations exhibition will be open to the public at MADMi from October 15, 2022 and will remain on view until May 20, 2023 from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am – 5:00pm. The exhibition will be accompanied by an educational brochure, a calendar of events and workshops to promote education and appreciation of art.