Early in the year 2005, the Société Imaginaire acquired the old terminal of the international airport in Punta del Este, Uruguay in order to establish a museum representing the works of its undertakings. Located only twenty minutes from the most luxurious resort city in South America and circa an hour and a half from the nations capital, the museum is situated ideally for visitors to explore its large collection.
This museum once again further allows visitors to gain a visual understanding of the Société Imaginaire’s undertaking of cross-cultural communication. Its large lobbies are filled with various works of art from many of the international participants.
Its largest room contains an extensive collection of works from the long standing member Michael Morgner, some of which has already been exhibited through the Société Imaginaire’s initiatives in many of the nations most renown museums and are now re-located here. Such works as his Jewish Requiem, which highlights a deep connection with this pacifist country, Uruguay, and its acceptance of Jewish refugees, to the artists homeland in Germany and its horrific history, greatly portray the essential goal of the Société Imaginaire to bind together cultures through art.
Another interesting example is the representation of the works of the Polish painter, Zygmunt Magner and Alfredo Testoni, the doyen of Uruguayan photography. The resemblance of the works between the two is so close that one would assume that they were painted by the same person. Even so, they never met until Batuz brought them together in Altzella when both were already in their seventies.
There is a wonderful presentation of works by the famous constructivist Raul Lozza from Argentina and others by the great Uruguayan constructivist Lincoln Presno. The Société Imaginaire has worked for many years to establish a link between the constructivist movement in the Rio de la Plata, and of eastern Europe (which had until then been very much ignored) and published many texts and catalogs on this subject.
An edition of the East-German Portfolio is exhibited on the opposite wall which is a precious document marking the reunification of Germany.
There are then to be found smaller cubicles which represent the development of the Société Imaginaire and its history. Beginning with a small pictorial documentation of the founders experiences, it expands through the remainder rooms covering his encounters with several other leading thinkers and artists who have contributed vastly to the Société Imaginare’s undertakings.
Furthermore located here is a small collection of prints donated by Inge Morath who had a long standing relationship with the Société Imaginaire. She had documented throughout the years many of its activities, as she did on her memorable trip to Uruguay of which some reproductions are included in the exhibit. Here are not only found some of those portraits but also others of the many famous and interesting people she herself met independently throughout her life.
Besides these main bodies of art, one finds sporadically throughout the museum works by other participants of the Société Imaginare from the United States all the way to Uruguay.
A collection from the latest portfolio series “no más fronteras en la sociedad” realized in Montevideo are on display. It constitutes works of art from political leaders, to humble employees, military leaders to leftist thinkers, business executives and lawyers to criminals and orphans and of course established artists. In short, the whole of society is communicated through the work of art. One can gain a more extensive understanding of its relationship under our listed portfolios.
The most important part of the museum is its future function that will be dedicated to permanently show the development of the project no más fronteras which takes place in conflict situations all around the world. It is to be a show window of the Société Imaginaire, its projects and their results.