2010 February 22
Uruguayan Art Museum
Juan Carlos Gómez 1427
598 29157256 | 29157256 | 29167031
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Person in chargePablo Thiago Rocca - Director
Objectives of the institution
The museum’s objective is the preservation, research and dissemination of the works of Pedro Figari (Montevideo, 1861 – 1938) and Juan Carlos Figari Castro (Montevideo, 1893– Paris 1927), as tangible testimonial of the legacy of both artists, for the purpose of study, education and recreation.
The following are some of the main objectives of the institution:
• To contribute to improve knowledge of Figari's work in each of its multiple facets: as a painter, lawyer, journalist, politician, educator, philosopher and writer.
• To hold exhibitions and cultural events in the framework of this multifaceted production, whether with individual character or in relation with other artists and scholars, both past and present.
• To carry out an exhaustive survey of Pedro Figari’s pictorial production currently in public buildings with the objective of organizing an archive accessible for reading and study.
• To establish a group of agreements to optimize public resources and archive management strategies of Figari’s documents, as well as tangible and intangible assets in public collections.
• To avoid the dispersion, loss and forgery of his pictorial work through detailed studies, purchase of the heritage put up for auction and the methodological survey of the existing public legacy.
• To cooperate with the national education system by offering information regarding the life and works of the artist.
• To promote research regarding Figari’s production in all levels of education.
Heritage documents under its protection
The Figari Museum holds in its collections numerous manuscripts by Pedro Figari as well as first editions of his publications. Likewise, it keeps part of the correspondence with his family and many personalities of his period (politicians, intellectuals, and artists). Original photographs and copies of his life.
The Figari Museum has a preservation plan to protect pictorial works and graphic and photographic works in its collections. In general, they are in good condition. In very few cases they have been restored or are in the process of being restored. Graphic documentation (books, drawings, photographs) are kept in special storage units and the pictorial works in racks. The exhibit halls and repositories have controlled environmental conditions (relative humidity, temperature, light, and hygiene).
Part of the heritage (50 % of the pictorial works) is in the permanent exhibit halls of the museum. The other 50% is in storage. The graphic material has been scanned to a large extent as a preventive measure and to facilitate access by researchers in the museum and outside.
Periodicals published by the institution
The museum publishes leaflets for each exhibition (triptychs), and up to the moment, it has published around thirty triptychs. Likewise, the material may be access and downloaded free of charge from our Web page and gateway https://issuu.com/museofigari
Other publications by the institution
The Figari Museum has its own editorial line. Since the opening of the museum in 2010, we have published more than twenty materials, from catalogues on exhibitions, research works on the life and work of Pedro Figari and Juan Carlos Figari and up to the reprint of Historia Kiria (2014). All publications may be downloaded free of charge from the Museum’s web page or from https://issuu.com/museofigari
One of the publications Suite para Figari. Pintura, música y danza: narrativas de una identidad, refers to the dances that Figari portrayed in his canvases making emphasis in those in which the characters and creators are precisely people of African descent, such as Bailongo and Candombe (files 10 and 11)