Spanish Panama students visited the Museum of Contemporary Art on January 14, 2023. We shared a taxi as it is quite a distance from the school.
The featured artist at that time was Julio Zachrisson who was born in Panama, studied in Mexico, traveled in Italy and lived many years in Spain. His paintings, sculptures and drawings were on exhibit. His use of primary colors in some paintings was intriguing.
The building itself which houses the art museum is 60 years old and has some interesting features. I liked the exposed roof beams which can be seen above the sculpture display.
Other artists’ works are displayed in a gallery near the cafe and gift shop including Jose Rendon, Alexander Wtges and Teresa Icaza.
Books and reproductions are available for purchase. I did not see a copy of a geometric piece I particularly liked so I settled for a pastry and drink. This was a cultural experience for students from the Spanish Panama language school. Always fun.
The museum states its goal is to promote art as a tool for reflection of the many cultures that make up Panama. Part of their mission is to make it easy for various audiences to access the MAC Collection through educational programs. Another goal is to safeguard and promote art.
They are closed on Mondays but open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Exhibitions change regularly featuring various artists. For information on the current exhibition, see macpanama.org. On this site you can subscribe to their MAC newsletter.
This museum is listed by Lonely Planet as the best for contemporary art.