Visual Arts Museum (MAVI) celebrates 20 years

This important anniversary coincides with the recent agreement reached between Universidad Católica and the Yaconi and Santa Cruz families that created the MAVI-UC Foundation. Looking forward, the institution is focusing on promoting young contemporary art and the internationalization and digitalization processes.

In January 2021, Universidad Católica signed a donation agreement to create a new entity, the Visual Arts Museum (MAVI)-UC Foundation, in partnership with Fundación Cultural Plaza Mulato Gil, which manages the museum. This entity seeks to give sustainability and projection to the organization. 

The agreement, which coincides with the celebration of the museum’s 20 years, consists of the donation of artwork, along with the ownership of buildings; it also includes an endowment to support the operation. The museum was created by Manuel Santa Cruz and Hugo Yaconi in 2001, and its collection contains works of Chilean artists such as Nemesio Antúnez, Mario Toral, Mario Carreño, Carmen Aldunate, Roser Bru, and Mario Irarrázabal, among many others. MAVI has over 1,300 pieces from 320 Chilean contemporary artists, including paintings, sculptures, and the like. Many of them can be seen online through the institution’s website.

“For the university, this is an opportunity to deepen the connection with the art world, strengthen our own activities in this field, and contribute to society in the context of our public commitment. This is great news for both our institution and our country,” said President Ignacio Sánchez. 

Looking forward, the museum plans to continue its internationalization and digitalization processes, as well as promoting young contemporary art.

Picture: MAVI-Detalle de Cogollo de toronjil (2018). Author: Magdalena Atria.