Montevideo’s Best Contemporary Art Galleries

Oreste Giorgio Spinelli

Montevideo is one of the most important cultural hubs of South America. For centuries now, the city has been welcoming immigrants from all over the world, each with their own cultural heritage. The intensity of this cultural exchange is evident it Montevideo’s thriving art scene. We explore ten of the most interesting contemporary art galleries and museums in the Uruguayan capital.

1. Acatras Del Mercado

Art Gallery

Galería Acatras del Mercado
© Acatras Del Mercado
Acatras is a gallery like no other, not only for its focus on ceramic arts but also for the enveloping experience it offers to its visitors. Since it first opened in 2004, its owners have created the most important space for plastic arts and ceramics in Uruguay. The gallery is literally atras (behind) Mercado do Puerto, the area that has become the most artistically relevant of the city over the past decade. With its permanent exhibition of 30 of the most talented Uruguayan artists, Acatras del Mercado is a mandatory stop for ceramic art enthusiasts visiting Montevideo.

2. Xippas

Art Gallery

Xippas Galleries
© Xippas
After opening galleries in Paris, Switzerland and Greece, Renos Xippas inaugurated his latest gallery in Montevideo in 2010 and so became a worldwide institution for contemporary arts. Xippas intends to study the local art scene and utilize his network of international contacts to exhibit foreign artists in Montevideo and to present and promote Uruguayan talent all over the world. Xippas Gallery not only exhibits all the diverse forms of artistic expression from painting to sculpture, photography and installations, but also promotes its artists through publications, illustrated catalogues and high-profile events, marking a turning point for the Montevideo art scene.

3. Diana Saravia Galeria de Arte

Art Gallery, Museum

La Marquería & Galería Diana Saravia
© Diana Saravia Galeria de Arte
With a roster of more that 40 Uruguayan artists, Diana Saravia Galeria de Arte is one of the most prominent contemporary art galleries in the country. Diana Saravia was born in Cerro de la Cuenta, a village of 300 inhabitants, but her love for art brought her to study at the School of Fine Arts in Montevideo and then to fulfil her lifelong dream of opening her own art gallery in 1999. As owner and director of the gallery, Diana Saravia has worked hard to create a space for contemporary Uruguayan artists to promote their work. Her hard work certainly paid off, as the gallery is one of the highlights of and a reference point for the contemporary Uruguayan art scene.

4. The Bohemian Gallery and Museum of Contemporary Arts

Art Gallery

BG MOCA - Bohemian Gallery
© The Bohemian Gallery & Museum of Contemporary Art 
The Bohemian Gallery and Museum of Contemporary Arts (BG-MOCA) is one of the most recent additions to Montevideo’s booming art scene. The museum’s primary objective is that of bringing top tier exhibitions to the Uruguayan capital as a way of fostering the dialogue between foreign and local cultures. BG-MOCA’s museum always has a busy exhibition schedule; some of the recent shows include The Flow Exhibition by visual artist Marcos Fripp, and Dangerous Minds, a fascinating and unsettling group show. Thanks to the brilliant work of Virginia Robinson, the gallery’s director, BG-MOCA quickly became the art space to watch in Montevideo.

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