NuMu (Nuevo Museo de Arte Contemporaneo)
Exhibition & Residency:
June 1 – June 14, 2015
NuMu (Nuevo Museo de Arte Contemporáneo) is the first and only contemporary art museum in Guatemala dedicated exclusively to supporting, exhibiting, and documenting contemporary art. Founded in 2012, NuMu is an artist-run space, co-founded and directed by artists Jessica Kairé and Stefan Benchoam.
It’s physical space measures approximately 2 x 2.5 meters and is shaped like an egg, as it was originally designed as a drive-thru egg selling kiosk. Over the years, this iconic structure has become embedded in Guatemala City’s urban landscape and is probably the only one of its kind in the world. NuMu’s minuscule size has led artists to think creatively about space and develop site-specific projects that would not otherwise have come to life.
Central to NuMu’s mission, is to offer the necessary support to realize artistic projects of great value, despite the shortage of local institutions and both private and governmental funding. The founders believe that by carefully combining local and international projects, they are creating opportunities for collaborations to take place and critical thought to develop. For them, this project is about bringing people together to experiment, question, and share.
NuMu re-evaluates what it means to be a contemporary art museum in the 21st century, in both the local context of Guatemala City and the international art scene.
This residency is supported by the Getty Foundation as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles taking place across Southern California from September 2017 through January 2018.