A postcard from Museo Arte Contemporáneo Plaza, La Paz


Most of the time, I don’t mind not having a permanent residence. I don’t mind never staying anywhere too long or not having more possessions than I can carry with me. Except when I visit places like the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Plaza.

At times like these, I really long for a home. I want to be able to buy art – etchings, paintings, sculptures – all of the beautiful, inspiring things I see in the world around me. I want to have somewhere to display them and people to show them to. I want a space where I can create my own works, to have something more than digital photo and video files.

At the Museo Plaza, many pieces are for sale. Prices range from $75 to over $1,000. When I consider that a replica print of some well-known painting could cost £20-30, the idea of owning an original piece (for a pretty decent price) seems really appealing. Not only would I get something unique, I’d also be supporting an artist directly, rather than giving money to whoever owns the copyright on some famous dead person’s images.

I really, really want to do this. But now, at this point in my life, it’s an impossibility. So, I’ll have to satisfy myself with visits to museums and galleries and dream of one day.

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Plaza
Cost: 15Bs
Hours: 9am-9pm daily
Address: Avenida 16 de Julio #1698 (El Prado), La Paz