The new Contemporary Art Museum of Queretaro will open its doors to the public on November 7. It will be located in the right room of the ex-convent of Santa Cruz, where a monthly attendance of 12,000 people is expected.
Paulina Aguado, head of the Ministry of Culture of the state, reported that the local government made an investment of 32,000,000 pesos (1.7 million USD), while the federal government contributed with an additional 6,000,000 pesos (320,000 USD).
Currently, the economic resources are being applied for the installation and incorporation of equipment and placement of the floor, among other elements that the museum will feature.
The official explained that the site was rescued after the state government identified the ex-convent as a loan-use property.
For 100 years, the now ex-convent of the Santa Cruz served as a war barracks during the Mexican Revolution, it was abandoned for a number of years then, to later become a school that would provide education to local children for at least another 50 years.
“At the time of the Reforma in Mexico (1858), the building was taken away from the Catholic Church, and it became federal property ever since” the secretary explained.
At the opening of the art museum there will feature different exhibitions, one of contemporary pieces, another one from the Jumex Museum Collection, and also from the FEMSA and Rufino Tamayo collections, among others.
SMT Newsroom with infomation from: elfinanciero.com.mx