About the Museum
Founded in 2012, Museo Mario Testino is a not-for-profit foundation with a mission to empower artists, students and the people of Peru through immersion and training in visual culture. The vision of MATE is to create a vibrant, prosperous environment for individual expression, to celebrate Peru’s contribution to arts and culture in the world and to stimulate the creative industry in Peru. MATE achieves this by bringing significant international art and artists to Peru through curatorial initiatives and commisions, fostering a creating community in Peru through collaborations, lectures, events and networking, as well as curating and commissioning Peruvian art abroad. MATE also has an impactful education programme.
MATE is situated in the heart of the Barranco district of Lima. Now a flourishing cultural quarter, Barranco was historically a popular seaside resort and home to many of Peru’s most prominent intellectuals, a past reflected in its superb architecture. MATE has written a new chapter in Barranco’s history by restoring a handsome 19th Century mansion to its former glory and is engaged in filling it once more with colour and conversation.