During the last decade, the boom of mural painting and public art in Puerto Rico has experimented a vertiginous upswing. Government initiatives like the project "Arte Público" in 2002 and the recent editions of "Santurce es Ley" and "Los Muros Hablan" have been key players in the in the promotion of the transformation of public spaces into art spaces. The book Puerto Rico: Outdoor Museum, Marvin Fonseca Barahona's most recent publishing in collaboration with the Editorial del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, documents Puerto Rican muralism throughout 324 pages and 975 photographs.
Author: Marvin Fonseca Barahona
Bookbinding: rustic, 324 pages
Year of publishing: 2016
The Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña's (ICP) mission is to investigate, conserve, promote, and spread Puerto Rican culture in all its diversity and complexity. The memory and promise of a culture, all the different levels, areas, ages, and community's interests create a set of lifestyles, customs, and artistic manifestations which identify us as a country. The ICP exists in order to preserve and divulge this knowledge, internationally spread our talent and to enrich the love of self.
Our traditions are not rigid museum objects, but live activities that are in constant renovation, and reappropriation, as new traditions develop. The respect towards diversity, towards the hybrid, the appropriated and the restated are also an essential part of this institution which actively searches for everyone's collaboration in a task that has to be shared hand-in-hand with its huge diversity.