4810 West Alameda Street Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507

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Est. 1996 by Cecil Touchon is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  The Museum archives are maintained by Cecil and Rosalia Touchon. The mission of the museum is to create a collection that is gathered together like a scientific museum that collects rocks or bugs or perhaps like an anthropological museum. It is a cultural record of contemporary art that is unique, in that it is not based on artists being famous or based on the collections of wealthy collectors like most art museums are. It is an artist oriented museum developed around living connections to artists all over the world primarily through the internet.  The works that come into the collection are normally donated by the artists as independent gifts or in response to a particular project or exhibition. The collection contains thousands of items with more added continuously.

The Museum is an experimental artwork that could be called a Gesamtkunstwerk (Total Work of Art) and is also inspired by the idea of a Kunstkammer (art room) or Wunderkammer (wonders room) or Cabinet of Curiosities. For some reason the Germans have names for these things! These are all early, even primitive attempts at collecting the world together into a microcosmic environment.

The museum has several wings that specialize in specific types of artworks. These are:

The International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction

 As the name suggests the IMCAC - begun in 1998 is focused on Collage/Assemblage art as well as studio documentary materials such as donated sketchbooks, scrapbooks, hand made books, diaries, collections of papers, such as in boxes, dossiers also photographs, ephemera; all of those things that surround the creative process of collage, assemblage and construction.

Our interest is in constructed art as it began in the early 20th century around photography, film, advertising, printing, computers, mass media, etc.

The Fluxmuseum - fluxmuseum.org

FLUXmUSeum was founded in 2006 with the intention of documenting 21st century fluxus artists. The Fluxmuseum is dedicated to the collection, performance, production, publishing, promotion, exhibition, documentation and safekeeping of Fluxus works . The Fluxmuseum is an inclusive venture inviting any artist who feels a connection to fluxus to participate in museum projects and to contribute works to the collection.

The Archives of the Eternal Network archivesoftheeternalnetwork.org

The AEN invites mail artists to send samples of their work and/or to donate their collections of accumulated correspondence to the Archives.

The Museum of Snapshot Photography snapshotsmuseum.org

The MSP collects snap shot and vernacular photography of the 20th century as well as other works created by photographic means such as scanner art, photostatic art, etc.

The Department of Linguistic Records

The DLR collects language related works such as visual poetry, concrete poetry, collage poetry, asemic writing and other related items as well as small and independent press publications.

The Archives are located in Santa Fe, New Mexico

We also offer occasional exhibitions and workshops. Please join our mailing list to stay informed of our activities..

The Museum's central venue has been the internet websites which we have and will continue to develop and we expect to maintain this focus because the internet provides an excellent and low cost platform to presenting the museum's collection and advance its programs which are oriented toward the specific arts communities it is intended to serve namely the community of contemporary artists and art groups which the museum maintains contact with - Post-Dogmatists, The Massurrealist Society, The FluxNexus, The Neoist Society, The International Society of Collage and Assemblage Artists, etc..  While it is impossible to be completely inclusive, the Museum staff strives to avoid any attitudes of exclusivity and maintains an open door, open arms and open mind policy.

We will continue to grow and expand and plan for the future to create a special and exciting collection of contemporary art and to document as much as we are able with the help of the community we aim to serve.

List of Museum Exhibitions

Since returning from Mexico in 2005 I have been organizing exhibitions of different sorts in numerous locations for the collection...

White on White (2007) at the Fort Worth Contemporary Arts Center
Fluxhibition #2 - New and Improved Fluxus at the Fort Worth Contemporary Arts Center (2008)
Under the Influence at The Longview Art Museum, Longview Texas (2008)
Fluxhibition #3 - Thinking Inside of the Box (2009) The University of Texas at Arlington
Fluxhibition #4 - Fluxus Amusements, Diversions, Games, Tricks and Puzzles  at the Fort Worth Contemporary Arts Center (2010)
Flux4.1 -  Briefcase exhibit at the Stendhal Gallery in New York City (2010)
Contemporary Collage: Paper’s Many Forms at Emily Amy Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia (2010)

Flux4.3 - Briefcase exhibit at the Nuart Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico (2010)
FLUXface in Space! In Outer Space and  at the Fort Worth Contemporary Arts Center (2010)
A Book About Death at the Fluxmuseum at the Fort Worth Contemporary Arts Center (2010)

Fluxhibition #5 - Jubilee Jamboree (50 Years of Fluxus) 2011-2012
Flux5.1 - Fluxfest Chicago (2011)
Flux5.2 The Intricacies of the Heart and Its Chambers – The Collage Art of Hope Kroll (and Fluxcase Micro Museum) at the Fort Worth Contemporary Arts Center (2011)
Flux5.3 Summer Open House at the Archives Fort Worth, Texas (2011)
Flux 5.4 - Fluxfest Chicago February, 2012 - ( Briefcase exhibit of small works from the collection on view at the Chicago Cultural Center )
Assemblings Part 1 - March 2012 - Pagosa Springs, Colorado
A Book About Death March 2012 - Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Collage/Assemblage Centennial - 1912-2012 - Sept. thru Nov. 2012 - Pagosa Springs, Colorado
After 2012 we began the process of moving the museum archives to Santa Fe, New Mexico where we have been regrouping

Inventory Blogs

We are just recently working at putting all the works in the collection on line in a series of inventory blogs instead of scattered here and there across several websites. The blogs are intended to be used for giving each work in the collection an inventory number. The blogs are divided by year so that as we get to it, we can add works according to the year they entered the collection. The collection started in roughly 1998 and has grown since then into a sprawling body of works. So the blogs will eventually go back to roughly 2000 with everything before that in the 2000 blog. None of the blogs so far are complete. It will be a long process. But once done, every digital image will have a logical and chronological order in the scheme of things.
Currently, as of 2018, we are busy working to upgrade all websites and move all blogs to OntologicalMuseum.org so that everything can grow under one domain name as a multisite. Please become a subscriber, all of this work is expensive! We can't do it without you. It is important that you make the commitment to join. see the whole story here:


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