Oscar Conti at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

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The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA) is hosting a new exhibition featuring the works of renowned Argentine illustrator and comic artist Oscar “Oski” Conti.

In terms of form, Conti’s work was highly influenced by Rumanian illustrator Saul Steinberg. Thematically, it includes historical references, as well as personal experiences and depictions of his travels.

The exhibit, which will take place until the 25th of November, is showcasing over 75 of the artist’s pieces as well as photographs and essays written by Umberto Eco, Juan Sasturnain and other renowned intellectuals. There will also be a screening of two films and a power point display with unpublished material.

 

Museum opening times

Tuesday to Friday

12.30 – 8.30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday

9.30 a.m. – 8.30 p.m.

Monday closed

Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

FIBA International Theatre Festival 2013

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The 2013 FIBA international theatre festival kicks off today offering a broad program with top quality performances from around the globe. The festival, which takes place every two years since 1997, is one of the most important theatre events in South America and this year will feature international and local acts, film screenings about theatre, experimental theatre, seminars and lectures, book presentations, a photography exhibit and more. The event will take place around different city theatres and cultural centers and the full program is available here.

Homage to Clorindo Testa at Centro Cultural Recoleta

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Clorindo Testa was a renowned Italian-Argentina architect and artist who is known for his modernist architectural style. Some of the buildings he is known for include the Argentine National Library, the Bank of London and South America, the remodeling of the Centro Cultural Recoleta, the neighboring Buenos Aires Design Center and the Centro Cultural Konex.

Testa was born in Naples in 1923 but moved to Buenos Aires with his family when he was but a few months old. He studied architecture in Argentina, at the Buenos Aires University and was influenced by Le Corbusier’s modern style. From the 50’s onward, he also painted and drew, following an Informalist style and choosing objects such as bicycles, tools and bridges as his motifs. In April 2013 the architect and artist passed away at the age of 83.

The Centro Cultural Recoleta is showcasing an exhibit of Testa’s work as part of the architecture biennial that is taking place until the 13th of October. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings and building designs and is being held until the 20th of October. The cultural center is open from Tuesday to Friday from 2pm to 9pm and on weekends from midday to 9pm. Junín 1930, Recoleta.  4803 1040.

Liliana Porter at the MALBA

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Liliana Porter is an Argentine contemporary artist that works with mixed media. Her artwork deals with topics such as time, space, and the dual nature of destruction and creation. Many of her pieces include inanimate objects that she finds in flea markets and later gives new meaning through art. She also works with photography, engravings, drawings and video.

El hombre con el hacha y otras situaciones breves (the man with the axe and other temporary situations) is the name of the MALBA exhibit that is being displayed and portrays different characters carrying out actions that build the idea of paradox and ambiguity.

The exhibition is taking place until the 18th of November.  The museum is open from Thursday to Monday from midday to 8pm, and to 9pm on Wednesdays. Tickets are 40 pesos. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo. 4808-6500.

 

Argentine Talents: Atahualpa Yupanqui

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Atahualpa Yupanqui is considered to have been the most important folklore musician of the country.  His real name was Hector Roberto Chavero Aramburu, and the pseudonym he adopted is Quechua for “he who comes from a faraway land to tell something.” The renowned musician was not only a singer, songwriter and guitarist, but also a poet and an author, and is remembered both for his music and his lyrics.

One of the great influences on his work was his second wife Nenette, a French musician who immigrated to Buenos Aires in the thirties. Since she was the artist’s second wife, and at the time they met he was still not divorced, and also because of the strong traditional imprint in Yupanqui’s work and the sexist conditions of Argentine culture at the time, Nenette worked under the pseudonym Pablo del Cerro.  Credited to Pablo/Nenette are 66 songs, most in collaboration with Yupanqui.

Anthony McCall and Mischa Kuball at the Faena Arts Center

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The Faena Arts Center in Puerto Madero is kicking off a new exhibit of British artist Anthony McCall and German artist Mischa Kuball this Spring.

The exhibition is centered on the Borges story, El Aleph and deals with issues of time, space and light.

McCall’s work combines film, sculpture and two dimensional drawings that are projected in a way that they become seemingly tangible forms in space. Kuball works directly with light,  playing with  its movements to create a unique effect.

The showcase will be open throughout Spring on Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s from midday to 7pm. Tickets are 40 pesosAime Paine 1169, Puerto Madero.

Argentine Talents: Alfonsina Storni

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Alfonsina Storni is one of the most renowned poets of the Modernist period, and although she was born in Switzerland, since she moved to Argentina at a young age and developed a local literary identity, she is considered an Argentine poet.

She was born in 1892, and when she was four she moved to South America, which would become her permanent home. As a young woman, she worked as an actress touring the country, and later on as a teacher. She was also the single mother of an illegitimate child, and had breast cancer in her adult life. These experiences put her in touch with issues related to the role of women in society and she developed a strong feminist streak that permeated her works. Her poetry deals with themes related to women, love, eroticism, and her later works with thoughts regarding intellect and emotion.

The talented poet, tormented by her illness, finally committed suicide by drowning herself in the sea in 1938.