Thanks especially to Cristian Gonzalez, an engineer and entrpreneur from Puerto Rico, who drove my husband and me from San Juan to Ponce. We spent a wonderful day with him.
|Luis Alberto Ferré Aguayo (February 17, 1904--October 21, 2003), third Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (from 1969 to 1973) was also a wealthy industrialist and a patron of the arts. The Ponce Art Museum was inaugurated in 1965 after being founded by Ferré who contributed his collection of art and a section of land in Las Americas Avenue for the location of the new museum. He hired Edward Durrell Stone, famous for MOMA in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington D. C. among many other important works, to design the beautiful museum. Today the museum is one of the largest and most renown museums, not only in Puerto Rico, but in the entire Caribbean.
When completed, the building had 14 galleries, two gardens and an amphitheater. In 2010 the art museum was significantly enlarged for additional gallery space, educational areas, an art history library, a museum shop, a restaurant and offices.
Front facade and entrance
"Decorated International Style" details
Brushstrokes in Flight by Roy Lichtenstein, a 28-foot-high aluminum structure created in 1984
An interior hall facing the Granada GardenSee page 2.
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