The Mexican Museum and the Secretary of Culture of Mexico Sign a Cultural and Artistic Exchange
— Exchange will bring collections and artists of Mexico to The Museum —
SAN FRANCSICO, CA – May 6, 2016 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – The Mexican Museum (Museum) is proud to announce a special partnership with the Mexican government, designed to promote the art and culture of Mexico within the United States. Set to begin when the Museum moves into its new home, which is currently under construction, in the Yerba Buena Gardens Art District in 2019, the cultural exchange will showcase work by some of the leading artists of Mexico.
The agreement was signed recently by Andrew Kluger, Chairman of the Board of The Mexican Museum, and Ambassador José Luis Martinez y Hernandez, General Director of International Affairs of the Office of Secretary of Culture of Mexico.
Under the agreement, there will be special exhibitions that will be loaned for display at the new Museum, and will include items of cinematic importance. The Museum will also promote the participation of Mexican artists. Art conferences led by Mexican artists will also be part of this unique partnership. One of the first exhibits to display this partnership will be the Mexicanidad once the Museum opens the doors to its new home.
“This is an incredible opportunity for The Museum,” said Kluger. “Not only will we host some of the best up-and-coming artists from Mexico, but we’ll also be able to showcase work from a country that for decades has had a unique and vibrant art scene. Art is a universal language, and we believe that this agreement will help strengthen the bond between our countries.”
The Mexican Museum is the premier West Coast museum of Mexican, Mexican-American, Chicano, Latin American, and Latino art, culture, and heritage, whose collection includes more than 16,500 pieces of art.
About The Mexican Museum
Founded by the well-known San Francisco artist Peter Rodriguez in 1975 in the heart of the Mission District, The Mexican Museum is located at the Fort Mason Center. It is the realization of his vision to present the aesthetic expression of the Mexican and Mexican American people. Today, the museum’s vision has expanded to include the full scope of the Mexican, Chicano, and Latino experience – including the arts, history, and heritage of their respective cultures.
In 2012, The Mexican Museum became an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex. The Museum joins over 200 organizations in 45 states, Puerto Rico and Panama that are in association with the Smithsonian. The Mexican Museum currently has a permanent collection of more than 16,500 objects reflecting Pre-Hispanic, Colonial, Popular, Modern and Contemporary Mexican, Mexican-American, Latin American, Latino, and Chicano art.
The Mexican Museum, open Thursday – Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., is located at the Fort Mason Center, Building D, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, in San Francisco. Admission is FREE. The Museum offers a wide variety of programs, including Family Sundays, exhibitions, special events, lectures, and public programming throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, please visit: http://www.mexicanmuseum.org or call (415) 202-9700.
The Mexican Museum has begun the construction of its permanent home in the heart of the Yerba Buena Gardens Art District, which is expected to open in 2019. People are encouraged to support The Mexican Museum by becoming new members, or by joining the Builder’s Society online or by mailing a check to: The Mexican Museum, Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Boulevard, Building D, San Francisco, CA 94123. For more information on the Builder’s Society, please contact Edgar De Sola at (415) 202-9700, ext. 225.