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MUSEO DE ARTE CONTEMPORANEO PLAZA

Avenida 16 de Julio #1698
Right in the middle of El Prado sits a unique building amidst commercial airline companies, shopping areas and restaurants, ornately displaying colonial architecture dating back to the nineteenth century.

 
 

Pirouetting staircases hug the curvaceous features of the house tightly whilst twisted steel and cast iron animate the windows, ledges and walls of its exterior. Now fostered and maintained, the pale blue building located at No.1698 is one of only four nineteenth century buildings left on the Prado and has been declared a national monument and, more importantly, houses La Paz’s Contemporary Art Museum. Stuffed neatly with an eclectic mix of international and Bolivian contemporary art on the inside and out, the house itself becomes a work of art. Walls, floors, ceilings and even the cafeteria are heavily decorated with a mixture of statues, paintings in oil, watercolour, pastels, as well as prints, canvases and pencil drawings. The museum also gives talented young artists a headstart by donating the first floor to the students of Art and Architecture in the State University of La Paz, the UMSA. Collectively they have put together a collection of sculptures, models and pencil sketches based around structural design. The museum, split into several rooms, also houses a large upstairs area displaying an international section of modern artists as well as Bolivian statues made from a multitude of materials from iron (such as those outside the front steps) and bronze to wood, plastic and rope. Most of the Bolivian statues seem to bear some sort of political message or patriotically define an aspect of Bolivian culture, such as the statues of the American soldier and Native American on the third floor by Frederic Remington. However, there are other works which simply aim to depict traditional themes of love and beauty, for example, the very first statues you encounter just inside the main doorway are of dancers called 'Escultura en Bronce' sculpted by Richard Hallier, an American artist. The South American artwork displayed definitely alleviates the mentality of life, culture and homage in Bolivia, capturing its problems politically as well as displaying all that is bright, relaxed and traditional about the people and metropolitan life on the continent.
Information Every day; 9:00 to 19:00 Although some of the exhibits may not be available at certain times of day so before purchasing your ticket it would be worth asking at the main entrance whether all the areas are accessible to the public. Certain areas are sometimes shut down for renovation or to make way for a new exhibit.
Ticket prices: Non-members Bs. 10, Members Bs. 7, Children Bs. 3
museoplaza@ceibo.entel.bo
www.museoplaza.com

Kiran Summan and Ben Romberg

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