Ponce, Puerto Rico, art museum to open branch in San Juan

The Museo de Arte de Ponce in Ponce, Puerto Rico, will open a 7,000-square-foot satellite branch of the museum on Nov. 15 on the third floor of San Juan's Plaza Las Americas, considered the largest shopping mall in the Caribbean.

The debut of [email protected] marks the first time that a major museum is opening a second venue in a shopping mall location, the museum said.

Inaugural exhibits include the opening of "The Age of Rodin: Sculpture in France from Romanticism to Modernism," an exhibit of 74 works by Auguste Rodin in bronze, marble, plaster, terra-cotta and porcelain.

In addition, the exhibit will include more than 50 works from artists who were contemporaries of Rodin; it will run through next April.

Agustin Arteaga, CEO and director of MAP, said that the museum's new branch in San Juan "will fulfill its mission of bringing the art to where it belongs, close to the people."

According to museum officials, there will be three major exhibits on display per year at [email protected]

The Rodin exhibit, which was on display in the Ponce Museum of Art from Sept. 8 to Oct. 28, drew more than 11,000 visitors.

The Ponce museum houses a collection of more than 3,000 pieces displayed among 14 galleries and includes numerous works by European artists such as Diego Velazquez, Peter Paul Rubens, Thomas Gainsborough and Rodin.

For exhibit schedules, visit www.museoarteponce.org.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Gay Nagle Myers at [email protected].

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