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The collector and patron Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, at the MUN: "the model that the museum has developed to unite theory and internship is exemplary".

The founder of the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection visited the Museum to participate in the defence of the Final Project of Master's Degree of Master's Degree at programs of study of Curatorship.


11 | 10 | 2021

The Venezuelan collector Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, founder of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, has visited the Museum to participate in the defence of the Final Projects of Master's Degree of the Master in Curatorial Studies of the centre. The projects presented by the graduates were based on pieces from the collection that the collector donated to the Museum at the end of 2018.

At meeting, Phelps de Cisneros said she was "delighted with the work that the museum and the students have done. The relationship between art, museum and academia is fundamental. You learn a lot from art: to think, to feel, to communicate, and it seems to me that the model that the Museo Universidad de Navarra has developed to unite theory and internship is exemplary".

In this sense, he stresses that "art is, above all, a space for freedom and critical thinking, something that society always needs in order to grow and develop. I am delighted to think that the young people who come to study at the University of Navarra have this Museum at hand, and that they take advantage of the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and perspectives through contact with art".

Regarding the donation to the Museum of works of Latin American photography from its Collection, he recalls that they chose this destination for the pieces because it is a Museum that "uses its collection for training and Education. The Fundación Cisneros has always worked with university museums such as Harvard, University of Texas, Hunter College and Wheaton College, among others, but this is not so common in Spain, so we felt it was very important to support this initiative. Time has confirmed to us that this is an exceptional museum in its educational mission statement ".

The 13 students of the 4th edition of postgraduate program, coming from 7 countries, started their classes on 1 October.


As for her work as a collector and patron, Phelps de Cisneros points out that both she and her husband believe that "philanthropy and business should go hand in hand": "This conviction has guided us at the Fundación Cisneros for four decades now. We believe that the private and public sectors must work together on a common mission statement to support artists and institutions". 

For example, in the 1970s and 1980s, they promoted an important literacy programme in Venezuela (ACUDE) that helped tens of thousands of people through radio and LP records. Later, with the support of new technologies, they created Cl@se, a free Ibero-American channel that reached millions of schools and homes. The birth of the internet also allowed them to develop the initiative update de Maestros at Education (AME). issue "We have always been interested in using technology to reach the largest number of people with quality content, and always in the Ibero-American context, where Education is not always a priority for governments," he says.


After the closing of the 3rd promotion with the defence of the works, and waiting to know the project selected to become a reality in the Museum's galleries, as exhibition within the programme of the next course, last Friday, the 13 students of the 4th Promotion of the Master's Degree in programs of study of Museum Curatorship began their classes. The students, who come from 7 countries, will receive during the postgraduate program training theoretical-internship, based on the Philosophy learning by doing (learning by doing) from professionals in the sector and from UNAV professionals. This is the only official Master's Degree in Spain on curatorial programs of study developed in the framework of a museum, which also provides participants with the added value of having the services of the University's campus and the coexistence of group with the university community.