AES + F at Faena Arts Center

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Liminal Space Trilogy is the name of the new exhibit being showcased at the Faena Arts Center in Puerto Madero. The collection features the video installations of Russian collective AES+F who are centered in Moscow and work primarily with large-scale photography and video art. Throughout June, the arts center will be screening some of their most well known videos including The Feast of Trimalchio on the weekends of the 1st-3rd and 8th-10th of June, and Last Riot on the weekends of the 15th-17th and 22nd-24th of June.

Faena Arts Center is open from Saturday to Monday from midday to 7pm. Tickets are forty pesos. Aime Paine 1169 Puerto Madero. 4010 9233.

Top Alternative Tours in Buenos Aires

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ANDA Responsible Travel is a tour agency that promotes social and environmentally friendly tourism.  One of the alternatives they offer is meeting with one of their experts to discuss in-depth economy, politics, history and culture of Argentina over coffee.  Choose one of the city’s historical cafes and get into context.  More information here.

Buenos Aires Histórico Tours: These private tours are led by historians and other humanities graduates from the Buenos Aires University who will be sure to show you a unique side of the city! 4307-8539.buenosaireshistorico@yahoo.com.ar.

The Man Tour: Visit a hatter for a hat fitting, have a traditional barber shop haircut and shave and finish up with a Cuban cigar and a whisky on Landing Pad BA’s original tour for men. More information here.

Helitours BA: Taking a helicopter to see Buenos Aires from above is a wonderful way to get a scenic view of the city whilst acquiring a sense of its dimensions and distribution. Helitours Buenos Aires offers 20-minute tours through Puerto Madero or La Boca, a 45-minute tour through the city center and its surroundings and a VIP 60 minute tour including outskirts of Buenos Aires such as Tigre and Pilar are offered every day from Monday to Saturday from 10am-6pm. Contact: 4555-4973, info@helitourba.com.

Argentine Artists: Florencio Molina Campos

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Florencio Molina Campos was one of the most well known Argentine artists in the country, and, with his steady theme of gauchos and pampas, created an emblematic local image.

Born in Buenos Aires in 1891, the renowned porteño illustrator and painter traveled often to his family’s campos during a time when the country was acquiring its identity around the agricultural industry and lifestyle. Molina Campos depicted this in his caricaturesque gauchos and portraits of the local campo life. His first exhibition was at the agricultural society, which president Marcelo Torcuato de Alvear attended leading him to name Molina Campos the new art teacher of the Avellaneda National School.  After that, Molina Campos held exhibits both locally and abroad and is remembered for the illustrations he made for a famous alpargatas brand calendar. He also worked for Disney on small films and on the scenery of Bambi, which was based on the Argentine Patagonia landscapes.

More information about his life, works, exhibits and authorized editions of published works here.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

Last chance to visit Arte BA, the most important contemporary art fair of the year!  More information here.

In the evening, Hernán Gipponi Restaurant will be setting eighteen places for the new One Table event in which 4 tapas, 5 courses, and 5 wines selected by Andrés Rosberg will be shared. Book your place at 3220-6820.

Tuesday

 

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Rain is forecast for Tuesday and we have some great suggestions for grey days in the city including browsing beautiful bookstores, indulging in sweet treats and visiting some of the city’s best art museums.

Later on, if you’re looking for a laugh, don’t miss the Grin Go! Stand Up comedy Show starting at 9pm at Café Rivas in San Telmo. Estados Unidos 302.

Wednesday

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Check out some contemporary Argentine art at the Mitos y Sincretismos exhibition hosted by the Fondo Nacional de las Artes. Alsina 673, Downtown.

Schedule in some exercise and sign up for indoor matches with Buenos Aires Futbol Amigos. More information here.

Thursday

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One of the architectural landmarks of the city is the famous Palacio Barolo. Guided tours are available Mondays and Thursdays from 4pm to 7pm and evening guided tours on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8pm and Thursdays at 8.30pm includes tasting of an awarded wine and a national delicacy. More information here.

The Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing at the Teatro Colón at 8.30pm.

Later on, starting at 9pm, legendary rock band Yes will be staging a live show at Estadio Luna Park. Tickets here.

Friday

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Book your place for the full parrilla experience with Parrilla Tour. These filling excursions, which take place in San Telmo on Fridays, will surely leave you satisfied.

Popular electronic tango group Bajofondo will be staging a live show at Teatro Coliséo starting at 9pm. Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

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Remember to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s unique must-try brunch, served on Saturdays and Sundays! Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood. 3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

During the weekend, stop by the Faena Art Center in Puerto Madero where a new exhibit of the Russian art group AES+F is taking place until the end of June. Aime Paine 1169, Puerto Madero.

On Saturday night, the electronic Moonpark festival will be taking place with Richie Hawtin and Loco Dice in charge of the music. Tickets here.

On Sunday, a new fair  (Feria de Consumo Responsable) opens up in the city with sustainability, fair-trade, and eco-friendly products at its core. Diagonal Sur between Av. Belgrano and Alsina.

25th of May Celebrations in Buenos Aires

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The 25th of May is one of the most important national holidays in Argentina. It commemorates the day in which the Viceroyalty of the Rio de la Plata was overthrown and replaced by the First Assembly; one of the turning points in Argentine independence.

Festivities include typical dances in folklore peñas, and patriotic foods such as locro (find Hernán Gipponi’s recipe here), empanadas, and pastelitos.

There are also festivities organized by the government and this year they will take place at the Plaza de Mayo where the president will speak this year and there will be live bands, dancing and other celebrations.

ArteBA, the most important art fair in the country, and Feria Puro Diseño will also be taking place throughout the weekend at La Rural. And, of course, there will also be brunch at Hernán Gipponi Restaurant both on Saturday and Sunday.

Arte BA 2013

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The biggest art fair of the year will be taking place throughout the weekend featuring the both local and international galleries and mostly contemporary Latin American art. The displays include works by renowned local artists such as Kosice and Marta Minujín, new talents at the Barrio Joven that features the works of young artists, and international art represented by Argentine galleries at the U-Turn Project rooms. Also, the Petrobras Prize will be awarded to five of four hundred Argentine artists who submitted works under the theme of exile. Finally, artists Alexander Wagner, Marcelo Cidade, Guillermo Peters, Roberto Winter, Sophie Erlund and Daniel Jackson will also be present at ArteBA. More information here.

The fair is open until the 27th of May from 1pm to 9pm at La Rural. Tickets are 70 pesos and can be purchased online here.

Autumn/Winter 2013 at Hernán Gipponi Restaurant

Fierro Hotel’s popular Hernán Gipponi Restaurant brings plenty of good news for the city’s hedonists of the palate. For starters, it’s now open seven days a week and is featuring a new tasting menu that includes seasonal delicacies such as rabbit confit, baked Turkish lentils with bacon and 63º cooked egg, braised pig’s cheeks, nut bread, pistachio meringue, tangerines and more to keep us warm during the cold days to come. Additionally, One Table, a five-course dining event for up to sixteen people, is on the weekly agenda on Monday’s. Of course, the renowned weekend brunch continue to be one of the restaurant’s most concurred events, as the now monthly Friday Happy Hours. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.