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3 Museums in Mexico and Central America to follow in 2016

Posted on January - 18 - 2016

The beginning of the 21th. century has seen a change in the Art World.

Attention has slowly shifted towards what is known as peripheral art produced outside the hegemonic centers that dominate the western hemisphere, that includes Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Due to the rapid growth of global interest and emerging markets, Latin American artists are now attaining a new prominence in the global scene. New public and cultural consumers have emerged and entail a cultural agenda that can satisfy their fast-growing demands.

In Latin America there has been a tangible expansion and promotion of new cultural spaces that offer exciting and cutting-edge exhibitions. While there are new museums and cultural spaces, there are those who succeed and stand out for their originality and content.

In Scoop Art we present 3 museums in our neighboring countries that have caught our attention due to their compromise to local and international artists as well as promoting contemporary dialogues. 

1. Colección Jumex, Mexico

Located in Nuevo Polanco in Mexico City, the Colección Júmex is one of the largest private contemporary art collections in Latin America. Its mission is to provide the public well-curated exhibitions and a strong educational program. The collection initially opened its doors to the public on 2001 under the direction of Patricia Martín but it was in 2013 that it transferred to its current location in Mexico City. The unique building was design by David Chipperfield Architects and is part of Plaza Carso.

The museum offers more than 2,000 works of art that come from founder Eugenio López Alonso’s personal collection, which contains some of the biggest names in the art world, such as Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Olafur Eliasson, Gabriel Orozco as well as lot of emerging Mexican and Latin-American artists. The agenda for this year includes talks with Guatemalan curators Rosina Cazali, Stefan Benchoam and Emiliano Valdez in January.
 

2. Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico.
The Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) also located in Mexico City, is the first public museum created by the National Autonomous University of Mexico. The visually stunning building was design by the Mexican architect Teodoro González de León, and hosts the museum’s own collection, which mainly focuses in Mexican production from the last 60 years, as well as providing a space for new local and international artists, where experimentation and exchange is the main goal. 

muac-1.jpgMuseo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico. Photo: arts-history.mx

3. Museo de Arte y Diseño, Costa Rica.

Founded in 1994 inside the old National Liquor Factory, MADC aims to provide exhibitions focused on Central American productions. The museums homes its own private collection of over 900 artworks, mainly Latin American and it also provides a strong educational program and documentation center opened to the public. Since it’s beginnings MADC has played a crucial role in promoting Central American artists. Currently a Scoop artists, Antonio Pichilla has an exhibition “B’at’z: anudar y desnudar” curated by María José Chavarría, that will be open to the public until October 16, 2016.

By: Gabriela Martinez

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Museo de Arte y Diseño, Costa Rica. Photo: arte-sur.org