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 /

 

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