It seems Uruguay is having a moment in Miami. First, Uruguay’s most famous restaurant, Quinto, opens in the new EAST hotel, then The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) namesake patron, Jorge Pérez holds a reception for esteemed Uruguayan sculptor, Pablo Atchugarry.
The event was to celebrate the unveiling of Atchugarry’s sculpture, Endless Evolution (2015). The artist hails from Montevideo, and got his start there in the early 70s, before participating in several exhibitions around South America in Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Puerto Alegre and Brasilia. He then made a move to Europe to study and work, ultimately giving rise to tandem popularity in both Europe and South America.
The Atchugarry acquisition comes on the heels of over 100 new additions to the PAMM permanent collection, which greatly helps the museum’s fledgling collection. 100 guests gathered on the museum’s East Portico, overlooking the sculpture and Biscayne Bay, as Director Franklin Sirmans spoke about the outdoor installation as one of the museum’s galleries important works.
The Atchugarry sculpture was donated by Pérez and installed in the Mary M. and Sash A. Spencer Sculpture Garden and joins installations by Mark di Suvero, Edgar Negret, Jedd Novatt, Anthony Caro, Ernesto Neto and Gonzálo Fonseca. The museum’s newest additions bring its total holdings to nearly 2,000 works of art.
Notable Guests: Pablo Atchugarry, Sculptor; Jorge M. Pérez, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Related Group; Franklin Sirmans, Director of Pérez Art Museum Miami; Alberto Ibarguen, President and CEO of John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Bernardo Fort-Bresia, Founding Principal of Arquitectonica; Edgardo Defortuna, President of Fortune International Realty; George Feldenkreis, Executive Chairman of the Board of Perry Ellis International; Laetittia d’Arenberg, French Uruguayan businesswoman; Leann Standish, Deputy Director for External Affairs at Pérez Art Museum Miami.