New Museum of Art and Design of Miramar to Open
The Museum of Art and Design of Miramar (MADMi), a new museum and private non-profit foundation in Puerto Rico located at Cuevillas Street in San Juan’s Miramar district, will open its doors in early 2018.
According to a statement, the MADMi will “investigate and present the historical and aesthetic development of industrial design, the decorative arts and their relationship with the visual arts from the origins of twentieth century Modernism to the present. These disciplines will serve as background for the exhibition of contemporary objects, establishing a link between past and present through the best in local and international artworks and design objects.”
With an investment of approximately $5 million, the MADMi will be located in a property built in 1913. The remodeling and construction phase of this project of approximately 15,000 square feet will be helmed by the architect Alberto Ferrer, founding partner of Sierra, Cardona, Ferrer, and the firm BM Construction, Corp. This project will generate around 150 direct and indirect jobs.
The property (Cuevillas 607) has a rich history with the arts, as it served as home and studio to various renowned Puerto Rican artists such as master painter and printmaker, Lorenzo Homar, painter Juan Ramón Velázquez, and multidisciplinary artists Ada Bobonis and Aarón Salabarrías. “This history will provide the context for the exhibition of contemporary works by artists and designers who have developed masterfully in art and design,” museum representatives said.
In addition to being a place for permanent and traveling exhibitions, the MADMi will be a space for the community by offering a cultural and education program focused on stimulating creativity and social wellbeing. It will also serve as a catalyst and support center for the present generation of artists, designers and makers.
“We hope to create a museum that is relevant to the public through its commitment as a consistent center of educational impact. With rehabilitated and modernized grounds, the MADMi will provide its visitors with an interactive environment that encourages creative thought, technological innovation and socio-cultural dynamism”, said Alfredo Martínez-Álvarez, President of the Board of Directors of the museum.
Construction of the MADMi will be divided in different phases starting in May of 2016 and will be finalized approximately 19 months later. Construction times have been modified to not intrude with the entrance and exit times of the students of Perpetuo Socorro Academy.
For more information, visit: www.madmi.org 787-725-5310.