The Misiones National University Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC
UNaM) project, launched by a group of artists and faculty members
from Misiones, grew out of the need for a space that took into account
the specific politics of circulation, production and consumer society
related to contemporary art. It was first submitted to the authorities
of this house of advanced studies in 1998, and was officially inaugurated
on June 21st, 2002. It was meant to have a profile of its own in
the cultural life of Misiones and of the region through concrete
activity programs in a critical, open space that would allow for
a social approach to points of view that relate to current visual
arts in its diverse manifestations.
This museum introduces itself as a space of high rotation that goes,
for the most part, for temporary and itinerant exhibitions. It aspires
to become a center of permanent aesthetic experimentation, rather
than a traditional museum conceived as a deposit for a collection
or a specific patrimony or tresorium of cultural goods. It comes
close to the concept of Kunsthalle, while keeping its museum character
as an institution with clear and rigorous political and disciplinarian
and educational ends geared towards the public.
According to what is written above, and always taking into account
the situation of Misiones in the national and regional context,
her special condition as a province bordering other countries, its
multicultural and immigratory composition, the Unam Museum of Contemporary
Art has set for itself the following basic objectives:
a. To make sure the general public has access to contemporary aesthetic
manifestations, thereby promoting active participation in current
b. To become the adequate environment in which artists may produce
and communicate their work
c. To promote debates and discussions of ideas around the problems
of art today, with emphasis in current visual arts and in the visual
arts of the recent past.
d. To develop a critical profile as an institution and with respect
to current art, providing evidence of the new tendencies by means
of exhibitions and publications.
e. To become an educational tool able to attract the community and
students in general to local, Argentine and international works
of art, and in this manner widen their vision of the world and of
Misiones National University Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC UNaM).
Annexed to the Faculty of Humanities, Ground Floor, on San Lorenzo
2551 St., Posadas, Misiones, Argentina.
Development of an exhibition that takes up the concept of intersemiotic
translation or creative translation- as worked in the 1980s
by Noigandres, the Brazilian concrete poetry group, asking
visual artists from Misiones, Buenos Aires and Asunción to
submit projects that entail a transcodification of work formulated
in other semiotic systemspoetry, music, etc., as well as other
visual art works, thus emphasizing the interdisciplinary and multimedia
character of current art.
Francisco Ali-Brouchoud. Visual artist, writer and art critic.
Was born in Posadas in 1964.
He studied Literature in Misiones National University. He studied
musical semiology with Jorge Sad and electro acoustic media composition
with Antonio Moliterni in Buenos Aires. He lives and works in Misiones.
He has shown his visual work: objects, installations, sound installations
and photography, in solo and collective exhibitions in Buenos Aires,
and in the provinces of Misiones, Chaco and Corrientes in Argentina.
Between 1998 and 2001 he was awarded two grants by the Antorchas
Foundation to participate in the Production and Work Analysis Meetings
for Plastic Artists of the Argentine North East. He coordinated
the 2000 2001 meeting.
As a writer, he published La circunfeérica, a novel. (Editorial
Universitaria de Misiones, 1993).
As an art critic he edited SED, the El Territorio (Posadas) cultural
supplement between 1999 and 2001. He collaborates with the Página/12
(Buenos Aires) visual arts section. He has written texts for the
solo and collective exhibitions of Sergio Bazán, Ignacio
de Lucca, y Andrés Bancalari, published by the Borges Cultural
Centre in Buenos Aires, and for the Constantini Prize 1999 and 2000
held at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires.
He is currently the curator of the Unam Museum of Contemporary Art,
as well as one of the co-founders of this project.