The Ministry of Culture of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, through Atlantic Center of Modern Art (CAAM), has awarded this week the project of facilities for the refurbishment of the building of the old hospital of San Martín that will house the Museum of Fine Arts of Gran Canaria, MUBEA.
According to a note from the Cabildo, the project, awarded through a public tender to the company Proyectos y Montajes Ingemont for an amount of 1,390,498.39 euros, consists in the execution of the necessary facilities for the start-up of the museum, that is, the electrical installation (pictures, general and museum lighting, channeling, generator set, etc.), fire protection, air conditioning and of communications. The term of execution of this project is four months.
Since last September, the building refurbishment works that will house the first phase of the future MUBEA Gran Canaria. Museum of Fine Arts, a project that includes, among others, works of restoration of roofs, waterproofing, accessibility and fire safety in the emblematic building, for an amount of 1,927,988.55 euros.
Under the direction of Romera and Ruiz Architects, these works are carried out by the company Satocan in the rehabilitated area of the old hospital, which housed San Martín Center for Contemporary Culture, open to the public from March 25, 2011 until February 18, 2018. The rehabilitation includes an adjacent wing, located in the part of the former hospice.
In this way, the Cabildo "manages to safeguard the building from the structural deficiencies that presented so much of what was San Martín Center for Contemporary Culture, like the new one that is now added. "
Thus, once this intervention is finished and the one just awarded to the company Proyectos y Montajes Ingemont, the insular institution hopes to open to the public throughout this year a first part of the museum.
Reference cultural institution
The future Museum of Fine Arts of Gran Canaria aspires to be "the reference institution for research and dissemination of the history of art in the Canary Islands". Its mission will be to collect, study, preserve and show the valuable artistic heritage produced or conserved in the Islands since human beings inhabit them up to the present.
This museum project will be a center for the exhibition of the rich artistic heritage that today is held by different museums of the Cabildo of Gran Canaria, especially the House of Columbus and the CAAM, and that should be progressively implemented.
Located on Ramón y Cajal street in the historic center of Vegueta, the museum, in this first phase, will occupy a total area of 2,500 square meters, representing 26.5% of the entire architectural complex of the San Martín Hospital, which extends over 9,418 square meters.