Art: Hexagons Under the Sun

Geometry in the form of polygons is also the rule for Puerto Rico's only art museum. The island commonwealth, famed for frolic, sun and sugar, last week celebrated the opening of a $2,000,000 museum in Ponce, designed by Edward Durell Stone and almost entirely bankrolled by Industrialist Luis Ferré, who is a three-time loser in the island's gubernatorial elections. Seven skylighted interior galleries are hexagonal, juxtaposing art works that can be scanned in a single twirl.

On its cloth-coated walls, the new museum displays Ferré's 400-work, $3,000,000 collection. There are paintings by Velásquez, Gainsborough, Reynolds and Vandyke, but Ferré preferred gems to...