New in Town: BASA Basement Bar & Restaurant

This newcomer to the BA scene is one of the many great new additions to the Buenos Aires nightlife that include Verne, Florería Atlántico, and Pony Line Lounge. Quality and ambience are blossoming in the local scene and BASA is definitely a part of it. Both restaurant and bar, this is a place where you can stop for a top of the line lunch, a delectable tasting menu or fabulous cocktails with great music to match. A great new option in the Retiro area! Basavilbaso 1328, casi Juncal; 4893-9444

Argentine Talents: Juan Di Sandro

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Juan Di Sandro was one of the country’s first professional photographers to gain acclaim, and is known as the father of local photojournalism. He was born in 1898 in Italy and moved to Buenos Aires with his family when he was twelve years old. Immediately he began studying photography. By the age of fifteen he was working at La Nación newspaper where he worked until 1977.

His photographs became icons of a country undergoing the construction of its national identity. “Llegada de Plus Ultra” (1926), an emblematic work, marks the arrival of the first aircraft (the Plus Ultra) from Spain to America. He often took aerial photographs and is known for his open shots of the city, including landmarks such as Av. de Mayo and Av. 9 de Julio.

Di Sandro was also a part of a well-known group of professional photographers in the fifties called “la carpeta de los diez” who gathered to discuss and analyze photography. Other renowned photographers from this group include Annemarie Heinrich, Anatole Saderman, Hans Mann, Jorge Friedman, amongst others.

There is currently a photojournalism exhibit taking place at the Palais de Glace until the 2nd of August that features current photographer’s works. Also, coming up in August, there will be a special exhibition at Fundación PROA showcasing emblematic pictures of Buenos Aires through the eyes of photographers and artists.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

 

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The traditional annual BA agricultural event –Exposición Rural- is taking place until the 30th of July at La Rural in Palermo. Av. Sarmiento 2704, Palermo.

Afterwards, keep warm by dancing to the beats of La Bomba del Tiempo, a popular percussion orchestra bound to keep you on your toes! Centro Cultural Konex Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864-3200.

Tuesday

 

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The weather forecast says to expect 19 degrees Celsius; such is the Buenos Aires “winter”, perfect for a stroll around the ecological reserve in Puerto Madero where you can get the best view of the city!

In the evening, starting 8.30pm, the Colón Theatre will stage the season´s last function of the opera Othello.  Tickets here.

Wednesday

 

Check out the new Collivadino exhibit at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA) in Recoleta. Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

Later on, stop by La Catedral in Almagro where you can take a tango lesson staring at 7.30 pm or 9pm. Sarmiento 4006, Almagro.

Thursday

 

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Take a free tour of Buenos Aires with Jonathan, an Englishman in love with the city. Tours start every day at 11am at the center of Plaza Italia by the Garibaldi monument and cover the areas of Almagro, Congress and the Plaza de Mayo using local transport to get around. More information here.

In the evening, visit the Colón Theatre where a piano concert by Sergio Tiempo, featuring pieces by Ravel and Bruckner, will be taking place at 8.30pm. Tickets here.

Friday

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Book your place for a special lunch with the Argentine Experience who will give you the 411 on everything local and feed you great Argie meat and more! They also organize mate and dulce de leche tastings. More information here.

Start the weekend with hotdogs and a drink at Verne Cocktail Club owned by Fede Cuco, our celebrated happy hour (coming up next week) bartender. Medrano 1475, Palermo.

Saturday and Sunday

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.

Collivadino at the Museo Nacional de Buenos Aires

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The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA) in Recoleta inaugurated a new exhibit this week, showcasing the work of Pío Collivadino, an Argentine artist who portrayed the city landscapes. The artist, who was born in 1869, lived in Italy from 1890-1906 where he received his artistic education. When he returned to Buenos Aires, he created the Nexus group along with Fernando Fader, Cesáreo Bernaldo de Quirós, Carlos Ripamonte, Justo Lynch, Alberto Rossi and renowned sculptors Arturo Dresco and Rogelio Yrurtia. His paintings, which often follow impressionist and pointillist styles, have a photographic quality to them due to the angles and lighting that they capture.

The exhibit is open until the 25th of August and features over a hundred of his paintings, and also includes works by other artists from the Nexus movement. Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

 

Argentine Talents: León Ferrari

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Leon Ferrari was one of the most prolific and controversial contemporary Argentine artists. His works, including collages and sculptures, questioned political and religious institutions, and the social hypocrisy surrounding them, and were often censored but also highly celebrated for their unique conceptual representation.  In 2004, his Buenos Aires exhibit at the Centro Cultural Recoleta was forced to close after the Catholic church voiced their opposition but was then allowed to reopen. Last year, the MALBA presented one of his last local exhibits that featured a collection of works combining braille and reinterpretations of biblical passages superimposed on images of erotic oriental art. It was, as usual, scandalous to some but did not reach the same level of controversy.

The artist also exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and was given many awards, including the 2007 Venice Biennial golden lion award and the Konex award for most important artist of the decade in Argentina.

Leon Ferrari passed away today, in Buenos Aires, at the age of 92.

BAFICI Animation Film Festival 2013

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The 2013 BAFICI animation film festival kicks off today until the 28th of July. This second edition of the event is proof of the booming local industry and international popularity of animated films, in which 3D has taken protagonism. The festival will screen both local and international animated films, including 12 short film programs and 14 feature films that include movies for children (BAFICITO section) and adults (BAFICI section).  One of the most awaited releases of the year is Metegol (Foosball) a 3D film directed by Oscar winning director Juan José Campanella. At the Centro Cultural Recoleta, there will also be an exhibit of drawings, storyboards, and more related to the production of this ambitious film, which is the most expensive animated film produced in Latin America to date.

The program for the film festival can be acquired here. Tickets are sold from Wednesday to Sunday from 1pm to 9pm at the Centro Cultural San Martín.  Paraná and Sarmiento, Downtown. 

Colón Theatre Special Winter Program

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The Winter season is one of the busiest for the Colón Theatre as it stages its regular productions and also special functions for children on holidays and cultured adults in search for a luxurious warm haven to escape the cold.

This winter, the renowned opera house is staging a ballet production of Alice in Wonderland with midday and afternoon performances, as well as an opera production of Othello, concerts by the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra, concerts by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and their usual free Sunday concerts. Additionally, there will also be features including Stravinsky Sky, a ballet production for children; piano concerts by Taka Kigawa of Eliott Carter’s compositions; and piano sonatas by Gerardo Gandini, all part of the  theatre’s experimentation center.

The full program can be found here and tickets can be bought in advance here.