Growing up, I was taught to appreciate art, culture, and history that inspired artists to create his/her masterpiece. Those childhood lessons led me to explore the Museo de Arte de Ponte located in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
The museum showcases a variety of artwork beautifully designed with oil paintings, photography, marble, wooden or bronze sculptures and art sketched and drawn on ancient paper made with ingredients such as cellulose and wood. The pieces are a presentation of Western, European and Puerto Rican Art. Among my favorite exhibitions was Paradise and Words: A Dialogue between Art and Literature in Puerto Rico.
This exhibit has pieces from the 14th century to present. It captures the diversity of the Puerto Rican people whose heritage are comprised of Europe, Africa and the Americas. Unlike the other exhibits, the pieces were not placed in chronological or geographical order. However, the art was placed to represent the diversity of the times, the people and events that took place throughout the years. It was awe inspiring and it provoked conversations with other museum goers. Another memorable exhibit was the collections from Decay and Revolution: Art in Vienna, 1890-1910.
Placed in chronological order, these pieces featured work with themes representing the growth of art in Vienna. Artists created historical pieces from the 18th century that developed into modernism in the 19th century. Some of the art was inspired by nature, the human body, biblical stories and myths.
The architecture of the building that holds the Museo de Arte de Ponte is a work of art in itself. Outside, the two floor white building has large glass windows, and pillars holding up the balcony of the second floor. Inside, there are two tall white spiral staircases that leads to the upstairs. The walls are painted white or green, to further enhance the various exhibits that hung on them. On the second floor, there are tall glass doors that leads to an open air seating area with a large sculpture in the middle. The building is very beautiful.
For all of you who love art, culture and history, Museo de Arte de Ponte is a great place to visit!
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