Liliana Porter at the MALBA

(Photo by Juan Nosé)

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

(Photo by Patricio Irisarri)

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.

New Exhibits at the MAMBA and MACBA

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The MAMBA and MACBA are two neighboring art museums in San Telmo, one dedicated to contemporary art and the other to modern art. Both have recently inaugurated new exhibits well worth visiting.

The MAMBA is featuring a new exhibit of Uruguayan artist José Gurvich, a disciple of renowned constructive universalist artist Joaquin Torres García, of Verónica Gómez, who combines narration and drawing to tell a story, and a showcase of Juan Manuel Ciria’s work. Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo

The MACBA on the other hand is showcasing an exhibit of Kazuya Sakai’s work. Sakai was an Argentine artist of Japanese origin that painted colorful abstract art with an oriental twist and a reference to contemporary music. Av. San Juan 328, San Telmo

Argentine Talents: José Larralde

Argentine folklore is characterized for its poetic representation of the land and the local people. Talented songwriters and singers have helped to configure the identity of indigenes and gauchos, rivers and birds, and the ever-present Argentine nostalgia of farewell. One of the most low-key and yet stunning voices of the local folklore scene is José Larralde, who has recorded over twenty records since the late sixties, dealing with themes of injustice and inequality. The singer and songwriter has also worked as a construction worker, mechanic, and rural worker amongst other jobs that colored his music with the experience of the common working man.

Argentine Talents: Nazareno Orlandi

(Photo by Guillermo Tomoyose)

Born in Italy 1861 and later nationalized as an Argentine, Nazareno Orlandi was both a prolific painter and muralist.  He studied in Florence and was commissioned by the Argentine government to help remodel the government headquarters in Buenos Aires where he ended up making his home and most of his murals. Some of his best know work can be appreciated at a few of the city’s most emblematic architectural landmarks such as the Casa de la Cultura, the Atenéo Grand Splendid, Teatro La Comedia and Palacio Paz, all well worth visiting for their beauty. He also painted in the San Telmo church and in the San Salvador church on the corners of Tucuman and Callao. His work was not only limited to Buenos Aires as he also participated in the painting of murals in Córdoba and Santa Fé and exhibited internationally wining many awards.

Buenos Aires through Artists’ Eyes

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Fundación PROA in La Boca recently inaugurated a new exhibit featuring different representations of Buenos Aires as seen through artists’ eyes. The showcase, which includes photographs, films,  installations, paintings and more,  is an excellent way to get to know different aspects of this bustling lively city.

The exhibition is divided into four parts: the first, features different film fragments that portray the city’s independence and constant rhythmic pulse; the second, deals has the obelisk as its theme and includes photography by the likes of Grete Stern, Horacio Coppola and Juan di Sandro, amongst others, and also, the preparatory sketches and designs of the monument by Alberto Prebisch as well as different art objects inspired by the famous landmark; the third part of the exhibit deals with themes of poverty and alienation, and political and socio-economic aspects; finally, the fourth presents us with a vision for the future.

The exhibit is open until the 27th of October from Tuesday to Sunday from 11 to 7pm. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

Argentine Talents: Kenneth Kemble

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Kenneth Kemble was one of the country’s most important representatives of the abstract tachisme or art informel movement. He was born in Buenos Aires on the 10th of July of 1923 and in the 50’s moved to Paris where he studied art with renowned French artist André Lhote. Later, upon his return to Argentina in 1956 he began to produce abstract collages using paper, rags, tree bark and other material. He soon joined the local informel movement and began exhibiting both locally and internationally.  In the sixties, he moved to Boston where he began experimenting with geometric figures, focusing on the rhombus. From then onwards he received many distinctions for his work and also worked as an art critic for the Buenos Aires Herald.

Currently, there is a retrospective of Kenneth Kemble’s work at the MALBA which features both his artwork and writings on the subject of art. The exhibition will take place until the 2nd of September, alongside the popular Yayoi Kusama exhibit. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.

 

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.