The privately established Ralli museums in various parts of the world have a mission - to bring best quality international art to the attention of the public, free. The Punta version executes in admirable fashion.
Set in the up-market Beverly Hills area of Punta del Este, the Museo Ralli is surrounded by quiet roads through parkland. A striking white building with an inner sculpture court, you are struck as soon as you enter by its high quality. Isn't that sculpture a Dali? A real one? Yes it is.
The curators have established a collection of Latin American art which focuses on Surrealist and magic realist schools. Artists from many Latin American countries throughout the twentieth century are included. (See my photos.)
The museum has permanent and some current exhibitions, with an eclectic choice of artists. (Good to see Beryl Cook rubbing shoulders with surrealism.) They also run workshops, music performances, family events and presentations. They are open during the summer afternoons and evenings, although you can also arrange access at other times.
Why not five stars? The gift selection is very small, with only a few postcards on display. And you can't sit down to a good cup of tea or coffee - no café here. But never fear, there's a nice little tea house close by on the Avenida Pedragosa Sierra. Go see it all!
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