MUSEUMS & CULTURAL CENTRES – PART 2

FUNDACION PROA

(Av. Don Pedro de Mendoza 1929, C1169, CABA)

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Finding it’s home in La Boca neighborhood due to it’s history of artistic uprise, the Proa hosts contemporary exhibitions, special projects, courses and seminars. Focused on the dissemination of the main artistic movements of the XX century, and very much politically engaged, many International artists have chosen the Proa time and time again to showcase their work. One such person was the internationally acclaimed Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei.

Opening times: Tuesdays to Sundays from 11.00 to 19.00 / Mondays closed /

 

CENTRO CULTURAL RECOLETA

(Junín 1930, C1113 AAX, CABA)

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A former monastery constructed in 1732 it was transformed into a cultural centre in 1978, this is a space dedicated to art in all it’s forms. With 27 exhibition rooms, an amphitheater, a cinema and an auditorium, the Centro Cultural Recoleta specializes in various activities, from concerts to theatre productions and short courses, there is always something going on here. 

Something worth noting? During summertime they sometimes organize parties and open air events! 

 

LA TRASTIENDA

(Balcarce 460, C1064AAJ, C1064 AAJ, CABA)

Located in San Telmo and known for it’s musical output, the Trastienda is perfect for those looking to discover the underground musical scene of Buenos Aires as well as those wanting to enjoy a more intimate jam session by acclaimed musicians. A former warehouse with plenty of small tables à la café-concert, this music venue is truly a beautiful one to experience whilst in the city!

 

MUSEO SIVORÍ

(Av. Infanta Isabel 555, C1268ACK, CABA)

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A hidden gem inside the rosedal park, this reformed quinta once belonging Juan Manuel de Rosas is now a museum dedicated to Argentine art specializing in drawings and printmaking. Housing more than 4000 pieces of Argentine art from he XX and XXI century, this is a favorite for those searching for something different and in touch with the current artistic landscape of the country. 

Opening times: Mondays, and Wednesdays to Fridays from 12.00 to 20.00 / Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00 to 20.00 / Tuesdays closed /

Admissions: General $50 / Wednesdays free /

 

USINA DEL ARTE

(Agustín R. Caffarena 1, 1157, CABA)

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Taking inspiration form the word “usina” meaning industrial factory, the Usina del Arte is the factory of art of Buenos Aires. Built in 1916, the building has been repurposed to allow for many spaces destined to exhibitions, dance and theatre productions as well as a concert hall. Usually offering workshops and housing food festivals, the Usina is a well loved, treasured cultural landmark of the city. 

Opening times: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 14.00 to 19.00 / Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00 to 21.00 / 

 

MUSEUMS & CULTURAL CENTRES – PART 1

I wanted to dedicate a few lines to the many wonderful galleries and artistic spaces in the city. I want to clarify one thing:  Buenos Aires is a city that overflows in artistic energy so here I’ll cover only a few of the many available. 

We will talk about some of the better known museums like the Museum of Latin-American Art  and the National Museum of Fine Arts but also I want to show you some that might not be on every tourist’s radar like the Trastienda or the Matienzo Cultural Club. Without further ado, let begin!

EL BELLAS ARTES

(Av. del Libertador 1473, Buenos Aires)

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The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Museum of Fine Arts) houses the largest collection of Argentine art in the country. One of the most important museums of Latin America, it dates back to 1896 and specializes in the overall history of national art, from the time of the colonies all the way to present day.

Some international artists featured? Renoir, El Greco, Rodin, Rembrandt, Goya, Rubens, Degas, Cézanne and Picasso.

And national ones? Cándido López, Prilidiano Pueyrredón, Fernando Fader, Xul Solar, Benito Quinquela Martín and Antonio Berni among others.

Opening times: Tuesdays to Fridays from 11.00 to 20.00 / Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00 to 20.00 / Mondays closed / Last suggested entrance at 19:30 /

Admissions: Argentine residents free (or $100 for the temporary exhibitions) / Non-residents $200 (incl. temporary exhibitions) / Tuesdays, and Wednesdays to Sundays free after 18:45 /

 

CCK

(Sarmiento 151, C1041, CABA)

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Formerly the Buenos Aires Central Post office, the now Centro Cultural Kirchner was finalized in 1928 and inaugurated by the then president, Marcelo T. De Alvear. Since 2015, when it reopened as a cultural centre, the CCK has been subject to praise and criticism. With a tricky history of political polarization, many citizens and members of opposing political parties have spoken against it’s name and it’s use as a memorial for former president Nestor Kirchner. This is one of the reasons why, after the election of Mauricio Macri, the centre became most commonly referred to as the “CCK” and not by it’s full name. 

The largest cultural centre in Latin America, nowadays visitors can enjoy an array of different disciplines, from contemporary art to classical music, this is for sure one not to miss!

Amongst the many things worth noting in this beautiful building is the main concert hall, La Ballena Azul (or the blue whale) which seats 1750 people and is suspended in what used to be the package sorting area of the post office. Today the Argentine National Symphony Orchestra has taken up permeant residency at the CCK. 

Another thing worth noting is the Gran Lámpara, or big chandelier, a suspended glass structure dedicated mainly to art exhibitions. 

Admissions: Almost everything is free at the CCK but concerts require reservation, booking well in advance is recommended as tickets tend to run out / Some temporary exhibitions might incur a cost, this however tends to be extremely low. 

 

CLUB CULTURAL MATIENZO

(Pringles 1249, C1183, CABA)

An intriguing mix of cultural centre and night club, the Matienzo is a converted three story house where one can enjoy theatre productions, exhibitions, poetry readings and live music. It specializes in short events hosted by up and coming artists, rotating often to offer new things every week. Do not miss out the beautiful terrace, ideal for those wanting to enjoy a glass of wine or two.

Opening times: Tuesdays to Fridays from 19.00 onwards / Saturdays and Sundays from 20.00 onwards / Mondays closed /

Admissions: Usually free unless specific events require the purchase of a ticket /

 

CIUDAD CULTURAL KONEX

(Sarmiento 3131, C1196 AAG, CABA)

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An icon of alternative, contemporary art in Buenos Aires, the Konex is home to many up and coming acts as well as fairs. Once a 1920ies constructed oil factory, now it’s home to a locals favorite event: La Bomba del Tiempo. Every Monday at 19hrs porteños gather to enjoy a show that focuses on rhythms, rituals and energies, very much a “must see to understand” kind of spectacle. 

Opening times: Everyday from 18.00 to close /

Admissions: Depends on the event /

 

MALBA

(Av. Presidente Figueroa Alcorta 3415, C1425 CLA, CABA)

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The Museo de Arte Latinoamericano (or Museum of Latin-American Art) focuses, well, in modern Latin-American Art, that is to say: not exclusively national artists. Probably the most popular museum in Argentina the MALBA hosts some incredible exhibitions from renowned contemporary Latin-American artists, as well as occasionally non-Latin-American artists like Diane Arbus.

MALBA also features an impressive film library and offers an array of short courses on literature, cinema and art in general.

Some of the most prominent artists featured in the permanent collection are Antonio Berni, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Jorge de la Vega, Tarsila do Amaral and Lygia Clark.

Opening times: Thursdays to Mondays from 12.00 to 20.00 / Wednesdays 12.00 to 21.00 / Tuesdays closed /

Admissions: General $200 / Wednesdays $100 /