MACBA, to Buenos Aires. Interview with Maria Constanza Cerullo

MACBA, to Buenos Aires. Interview with Maria Constanza Cerullo

Maria Constanza Cerullo Chief Curator at MACBA MUseum I
Maria Constanza Cerullo Chief Curator at MACBA MUseum I

AF: MACBA – Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires opened its doors to the public September 1st of 2012. When did the idea of its realization occur?
MC: The MACBA project started in 2009. The idea of the initiative was to share with the city and its visitors the private collection of my husband, Aldo Rubino.

AF: The museum also receives public funding?
MC: So far the results of our work have been obtained only through the support of private funding.

AF: How was the choice of location made?
MC: Both my husband and I were fascinated by the geometry of an old parking garage of San Telmo. So we bought and renovated it for our museum. The spaces of the neighborhood convinced us immediately and are a strength of our project. San Telmo is a historic district of Buenos Aires full of different migration flows, a true nerve-center for the entire city.

AF: About restructuring: was it based on a plan for remodeling the structure to begin with or have you been operating differently?
MC: We made a radical transformation. For example, the main facade was made to host a stained glass window of 15 to 12 meters. The museum was designed by Studio Vila Sebastian and consists of four floors connected by linear ramps, or lecorbusiane, to be clear.

MACBA, to Buenos Aires. Interview with Maria Constanza Cerullo

Aldo Rubino Director del MACBA
Aldo Rubino Director del MACBA

AF: What is the uniqueness of the MACBA?
MC: First, the museum itself; we have the ability to offer a path that allows the visitor to be able to see from a distance. From the front most of the works are visible and then the visitor can get close to each during their visit.

AF: What is the mission that you have given to your museum?
MC: I would say our main intention is to acquire, preserve and communicate contemporary art. We strongly believe that the vision of art and its disclosure will produce education, creativity and new, both short and long-term, social inclusion.

AF: Have you made a commitment to a national dimension or do you have global ambitions?
MC: I think that the museum reflects the roots of the cosmopolitan city without forgetting its colonial roots. During the year we spend long periods in Miami and New York. We are very careful about what happens outside of Argentina and to enable the necessary steps to accommodate art born outside of South America.

MACBA, to Buenos Aires. Interview with Maria Constanza Cerullo

AF: Two years after opening, each museum is called to a test of maturity. What will be your next cultural initiatives?
MC: We want to grow in terms of educational activities. We have seen that schools offer initiatives for audiences that receive positive results.

AF: Like what?
MC: As it happened, primary school children in the neighborhood were entering a museum for the first time, thanks to one of our projects, and then theyreturned almost immediately for a second time, bringing with them their parents.


Alessandro Berni

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