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“the most beautiful museum”

Fundacion Pablo Atchugarry
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Beautiful park with sculptures by the uruguayan artist Pablo atchugarry and other international artists. It also has a building with rotative exhibitions and two stages where free events are held.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 26 April 2014

The artwork is stunning but the real draw are the grounds. A large ranch has been made over to showcase contemporary art. Off the beaten path, but well worth the drive to see.

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Reviewed 14 April 2014

At the risk of committing an act of lese majeste, the best thing about this place is the setting, a beautiful park in a beautiful landscape far from traffic noise and city bustle. In that garden you can view numerous sculptures in different styles by different international artists, including of course by the venerated Mr. Atchugarry himself whose name seems to crop up in every conversation in Punta del Este and whose studio is in the same complex; he will be happy to autograph one of the books sold at the gift shop for you. Whether you enjoy those sculptures is of course a matter of taste - to me most of them lacked originality and individual character. Mr. Atchugarry focuses on large (very large, some of them) marble objects that reminded me of flames reaching up to the sky - certainly not bad but quite repetitive. The gallery that is also part of the complex presents changing exhibitions; during our visit this included sculptures by Miguel Herrera Zorrilla, a Uruguayan artist, that are truly original and funny and made the trip worth while.

Thank Hamburgguy47
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

Our visit enabled us to see Atchugarry's work from when it is a crayon sketch on a block of marble to when skilled artisans sand and polish the final piece. We were able to walk around the workshop, the outdoor storage area with huge blocks of marble waiting to become beautiful works of art - some many feet tall, others much smaller. The indoor galleries were fairly small and sparsely populated. Two highlights of the visit were the workshop and the separate building housing Atchugarry's personal collection. The spacious grounds covering several acres of grass-covered rolling hills with ponds are fantastic as there are massive and modest sized, contemporary sculptures scattered over the entire area - one is even in a pond. It is a great place to stroll and enjoy each piece in a beautiful setting. I highly recommend including Fundacion Pablo Atchugarry on the itinerary of anyone who enjoys contemporary art.

Thank twowanderers20169
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

We spent a very nice hour touring the sculpture gardens one weekday morning in mid-February and there was hardly anyone else there. The sculptures are interesting and nice, but it is the overall layout and gardens that make the place special. It was a great “walk in the park” and it’s free!

Thank JimAndDenise51
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

Pablo Atchugarry is a world class sculptor and he has constructed a beautiful museum / gallery / grounds to exhibit sculptors work and promote the arts. Well worth the visit located 25 minutes north of Punta in Mananatiales, a very small seaside town worth the visit as well. The beaches here along the coastline are excellent with some strong surf.

1  Thank Harold B
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