Lima Contemporary Art Museum, Peru

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Lima (acronym: MAC Lima) is currently the only museum in the city of Lima specializing in the dissemination of modern art and contemporary art. Founded at the beginning of 2013, the museum is located in a property assigned in concession by the municipality of Barranco. It has a modernist building designed by the Peruvian architect Frederic Cooper Llosa, with three main modules that correspond to the three rooms where the collection and temporary exhibitions are arranged, and large windows that look out onto the water mirror and accentuate the island concept . An extensive green area of ​​free access for the public complements the spaces of the museum.

On June 11, 1955, the foundation of the Institute of Contemporary Art (IAC) was established in Lima. Since the end of the 1980s, the IAC has taken the firm decision to build a museum and equip it with a collection, thus being the managing institution of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Lima (MAC Lima), which celebrates and exhibits the main works of the IAC collection.

MAC has a collection of modern, contemporary, national and international art dating from 1950 onwards, founded in 2013. Is a private non-profit organization that dedicates its efforts to promote the knowledge and experience of the visual arts community, with emphasis on the promotion of contemporary culture.

The Lima Contemporary Art Museum, which opened in January 2013, is a private institution dedicated to the dissemination of modern and contemporary art. Álvaro Roca Rey is the museum’s director. Promoted by the Institute of Contemporary Art (Instituto of Arte Contemporáneo – IAC), MAC Lima puts the leading manifestations of national and international art within the reach of the community through its collection, temporary exhibitions and a variety of educational and cultural programs. MAC Lima is located on a property conceded by the Municipality of Barranco. It has two temporary exhibition halls and a gallery for the IAC collection. In addition, it promotes artistic and cultural activities in the adjacent park.

THE COLLECTION

MAC Lima mainly contains works of Latin American and European artists, which were obtained beginning in the 1950s. The collection covers abstract expressionism, geometric art, constructivism, conceptual art, optical art and pieces influenced by surrealism and pop art, in addition to works dating from the last few decades.

With support from the Heritage Committee, the collection is expanding to offer a significant array of Peruvian and Latin American art.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

The education department views the MAC Lima collection and contemporary art not only from an esthetic perspective but also as a tool for building capabilities and fostering the principles that contribute to the humanistic education of visitors.

Guided tours for students

Guided tours introduce school and university students to the latest manifestations of contemporary art. Guided tours include a workshop designed around current exhibitions.

La colección original del IAC comienza a gestarse de estas primeras exposiciones que tuvieron lugar en los diversos locales donde alternadamente funcionó: Galería Lima, Casa Mujica y Museo de Arte Italiano. A esta primera etapa de la colección pertenecen obras de las décadas de 1950 y 1960, que dieron un nutrido panorama del arte latinoamericano del momento. Figuran obras de Gastón Garreaud, Rafael Hastings, Emilio Rodríguez Larraín, Oswaldo Vigas, así como la fuerte abstracción de Fernando de Szyszlo, entre otros.

En la década de 1990, con ocasión de una subasta que serviría para conseguir los fondos iniciales para la construcción del MAC Lima, es cuando el IAC recibe un importante y nuevo aporte de destacados artistas de todo el continente. Aparecen en la colección propuestas donde la geometría es el instrumento protagónico –Víctor Pasmore, Jesús Rafael Soto, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar–, la obra posmoderna de Álvaro Barrios, el desenfadado humor de las obras de Antonio Seguí, entre otras.

Tras la construcción del MAC Lima, la colección se nutrió de nuevos aportes que complementarían mejor el panorama del arte contemporáneo. Gracias a las nuevas donaciones de artistas nacionales como Ramiro Llona, Armando Varela, Fernando de Szyszlo, Kukuli Velarde, por mencionar algunos; y al apoyo brindado por MICROMUSEO (“al fondo hay sitio”) con obras de artistas como Alfredo Márquez, Ángel Valdez, Moico Yaker, Juan Javier Salazar y Elliot Tupac.

La actual muestra no sigue una secuencia cronológica sino que busca dar un panorama general de la colección y sus diversos lenguajes y tendencias. Es la introducción a la enorme tarea que desempeñó el IAC en pro de la valoración y apoyo de la plástica peruana en todas sus vertientes y en todas sus épocas, durante sus casi 60 años de vida.

El departamento de educación del museo considera la colecciones del museo y el arte contemporáneo en general no solo desde el punto de vista estético. En tal sentido, el museo cuenta con los siguientes programas, los cuales tienen como objetivo ser herramientas para el desarrollo de capacidades y el fomento de principios que aporten a la formación humanística.

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