The Museum of Contemporary Art on the Moon (MOCAM for short) was conceived in 2016 by visual artist Julio Orta. The concept is seen as a response to the inevitable creation of human communities on the moon in the near future.

According to a MOCAM mission statement:

“Although governments and private entities are working on tourism and colonization of the moon, they seem to have no concern whatsoever for the arts because they are not seen as a source of profit.”

Inaugural show

MOCAM is dedicated in displaying the most interesting, cutting edge, relevant art from the world.

MOCAM is on the watch for emerging artists, new works, and proposals from curators.

An inaugural show, Mystic Hyperstitians in the Heart of Empire, has been curated by Joey Cannizzaro, an undisciplinary artist, curator, and critic. The shows are currently presented on MOCAM’s website.

The intent is that the shows would be on display in the physical museum on the Moon.

Lunar acreage

One small step for art has been taken by Orta last year, procurement of 20 acres on the Moon via

Courtesy: Julio Orta


According to a “Moon Deed,” the property is located just South of craters Helicon and Leverrier, in an area identified as D6, Quadrant Charlie, Lot Number 1/0581-0600.’s website notes that since 1980, over 300 million acres have been sold.


Museum complex

The Moon-based museum architecture has been designed by Mauricio Mastropiero a Mexican architect.

“The Mountain” will be the first component built, and will host a visitor center, temporary galleries, storage areas, dressing rooms, restrooms, sleeping rooms, a restaurant, and a store.

The Moon structure also consists of the “Central Patio.” It is one the main areas for the exhibition of contemporary art. This outdoor esplanade features 480 poles used as structure for a light architecture that can be configured depending on different exhibition needs. This is a space to experience art under the moon’s natural environment.

At the core of the complex is “The Plateau”, a two-story building that levitates using electromagnetic technology. As the principal gallery, the interior of this building also features a controlled atmosphere and hosts the main exhibitions. The second level of this rotating building is the highest point of the museum, a viewpoint to gaze beyond its physical limits.


MOCAM is accepting proposals for 2017 shows.

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