Museums Venezuela

Amid student protests, Venezuelan museums take art to the streets

Programme planned to send works from national collections on school tours

Works from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Caracas could soon hit the road

During a surge of protests in the country—some of which have turned violent—the Venezuelan Foundation of National Museums is planning to bring its art collections to the country’s students. “The museum will go to the streets,” says Daniel Briceño, the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Caracas.

A pilot programme is currently being developed with the Ministry of Education, director of education for the museums’ foundation, Clarisa Fuenmayor, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Caracas (founded as the Sofia Imber Museum of Contemporary art, but renamed in 2006). Works from their collection will be chosen over the next few months and then shown at a few select schools nationwide. The art will be loaned to a school for a day and educational activities will be provided around it. Logistics, including security and conservation issues, are still being studied. “It will take time to figure it all out,” Briceño says.

Although Briceño was cautious in discussing the political situation in Venezuela, he says the idea came from the multiple occupations taking place at schools. Since “all students don’t go to museums”, he says, “it is necessary to consider ways to take the museum to them”.

The celebrate the 40th anniversary of the museum the director says they are planning an exhibition dedicated to new technologies and new media art by Venezuelan artists under 40. The exhibition 40 x 40 is scheduled to open in October.

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