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Egg-Shaped Museum Debuts At LACMA Monday

A rendering of NuMu at LACMA. (Screenshot via LACMA/Kickstarter)
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The Nuevo Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (NuMu), a six-foot wide egg-shaped contemporary art museum from Guatemala, will arrive in Los Angeles Monday to set up shop on LACMA's campus as part of the Getty and Pacific Standard Time's LA/LA program. Earlier this summer, LACMA unveiled its first-ever kickstarter to bring the tiny museum to Los Angeles. After raising over $78,000 (compared to an original goal of $75,000), LACMA successfully funded the museum's journey from Guatemala to Los Angeles.

NuMu is the world's smallest contemporary art museum. Founded in 2012, it's also Guatemala's first and only contemporary art museum. It arrives in Los Angeles as part of LACMA's new exhibit, A Universal History of Infamy, which features new works from Latin American artists to confront "any notion of absoluteness" of the Latin American diaspora in the United States. It's LACMA's main exhibition within the larger LA/LA exhibit, which is PST's months-long art exploration of how Latin American and Los Angeles art interact, featuring exhibitions on globalism, activism, the diaspora, and identity.

LACMA has been charting the egg museum's journey on its blog, Unframed, and on its Twitter. Before arriving in L.A., the egg stopped in Oaxaca, Mexico and Laredo, Texas, in order to present the museum as a nomadic "gathering place and creative incubator," according to the Kickstarter planners. While at LACMA, NuMu will feature two exhibits of work from artists Joaquín Orellana and Regina José Galindo. The contemporary art museum will also offer a full slate of public programming once it arrives in Los Angeles.