Museum of Latin American Art Names Sculpture Garden for Founder

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Museum of Latin American Art Names Sculpture Garden for Founder


LONG BEACH, CA -- The Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA) honored founder Dr. Robert Gumbiner by naming its new sculpture garden, "The Robert Gumbiner Sculpture and Events Garden."

Gumbiner began the museum from his extensive personal collection of art work--more than 400 works--of contemporary Latin American art and his commitment to creating a significant cultural landmark dedicated to the art genre. A distinguished philanthropist and prolific art collector, Gumbiner has contributed assets to MoLAA of $40 million over the past decade. His current $2.2 million donation was the largest personal gift to the $10 million capital renovation and expansion of the museum.

"When I founded the museum almost 10 years ago," says Gumbiner, "I wanted the public to have a place to experience the arts of Latin America. The need for this type of institution is long overdue. Little, if anything, has been done to exhibit the contemporary fine art of South America and Central America. Now, with the garden and expansion and associated programming, MoLAA is escalating its mission to educate the public about the art and culture of contemporary Latin America. …

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