BG MOCA MVD is a full-service, visual-arts exhibition-center, established to increase the visibility of world-historic art, at levels of international museum quality –in Uruguay- while also sponsoring exhibitions of contemporary and historic art from Uruguay and Latin America, themselves. The museum’s main objectives are to introduce world-class shows of fine art to Montevideo, in a public context; and to create forums for interchange, “dialogues”, if you will, between national and international artists, capturing synergies that, in many cases, may be curatorial firsts for the Uruguayan capital.
In the last 30 years, the Contemporary Art World has shed many of its parochial attempts of the past to categorize progressive art by nation or ethnic backgrounding. This doddering model has today given way to an amazing and marvelous ‘new matrix: artists now thrive, in real-time, involved and interacting with peers, the world over, regardless of place or time zone.
Furthermore, historic art exhibitions –up to blue-chip levels– have attracted, and continue to gain, an ever more-sensitive, global mass-audience. Such ‘blockbuster’ exhibitions have, perhaps unsurprisingly, strengthened fine art’s ‘practical’ prestige, as it attains ‘investment’ “status” among millionaires and billionaires the world over. For example, fine art is in the ‘infancy’ of its newly being indexed by financial firms, over the last ten years, sometimes becoming the very assets of the investment fund. Finally, and it goes without saying, wealthy patrons from six continents have begun to view fine art from the perspective of a both a cultural “must-have", and that of a philanthropic obligation.
The visual arts now enjoy an audience in North America and Europe, larger than that of its professional sports teams, combined! La globalización del mundo a través de Internet les ha brindado a los coleccionistas de toda índole la posibilidad de planificar visitas a exposiciones y galerías en el extranjero y de coleccionar considerablemente y en cualquier género, in a way that was once the privilege of specialists, connoisseurs, old-money barons, and patricians.
Uruguay, conocido en otras partes como “la Suiza de América”, is keenly poised, by dint of its wealth and stability, to create a larger voice for our artists; and, with BG MOCA MVD calendar of masterwork exhibitions, to create aesthetic exchange between Uruguayan and international talent. The strength of our patrimony’s art deserves to be paired and compared with historic art, and now Montevideo will have another curatorial channel for internationalism in the bigger art-world – with exhibition ‘sensitivity’ to our own country’s masters.
In addition, BGMOCA MVD contará con una sección privada dentro de sus espacios públicos, to offer local and foreign collectors the opportunity to acquire fine art, championing the national, continental and global art scenes, richer and more vital than ever before.
Even as we stand in respect and awe vis-à-vis our towering cultural neighbors, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, etc., our ‘scene’ is not naïve, and with comparatively less publicity, is already able to stand and intersect with Contemporary Art of the continents – all at very high, aesthetic levels. Furthermore, we predict that BG MOCA MVD international masterworks will stimulate our population to ‘see’ beyond our borders, while at the same time affording us the chance to compare, contrast, and interrelate historic, ‘blue chip’ material of the nations with the fine arts of Uruguay’s past and present.