Installation view of “Paisaje Sonoro” by Joaquín Orellana at Nuevo Museo de Art Contemporáneo in Guatemala City, 2016. Photo: Nuevo Museo de Art Contemporáneo

LACMA Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Bring Guatemalan Museum to US

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is planning to bring a replica of Guatemala City’s only contemporary art museum—an egg-shaped building that can only accommodate four people at a time—to the United States through crowdfunding.

The institution launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund building a reproduction of the Nuevo Museo de Art Contemporáneo and taking it on a three-thousand-mile journey over the course of two weeks, during which the portable museum will visit creative communities in Guatemala, Mexico, Texas, and California. LACMA has already raised more than $14,000 of its $75,000 goal.

Founded by artists Jessica Kairé and Stefan Benchoam in 2012, the micro-museum is an exhibition venue, which features works by artists hailing from all over Latin America, as well as a space for public programs and community dinners.

NuMu will be included in LACMA’s group exhibition “A Universal History of Infamy,” which is part of the Getty-funded Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles—a series of thematically linked exhibitions at California-based institutions. Titled “LA/LA,” the second iteration of the four-month initiative will explore Latin American and Latino art and will be held from September 2017 to January 2018.

“We were really impacted going to NuMu,” LACMA curator Rita Gonzalez told the LA Times in an interview about her research for the upcoming exhibition. “It was the spirit of the place—two artists who launched a contemporary art museum in a former egg stand.” While discussing the project Gonzalez, Kairé, and Benchoam exclaimed, “We want to do this and we want to do it big.” They then revealed that they wanted to build a copy of their celebrated mini museum. Gonzalez said, “We were, like, it’s crazy—but let’s do it!”