Buenos Aires Avenues: Pres. Figueroa Alcorta

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PH: Vinicius Pinheiro

A hoard of football fans waving flags and honking cars, a traffic jam of unruly commuters trying to get to the busy downtown area where bookstores and banks coexist, high rise, low rise, local and foreign, bridges and parks where teenagers kiss. Where do we begin the exploration of a city so big? A good place as any could be a map, and there, on the map of Buenos Aires, we can see where the River fans will be next Sunday, where students will celebrate Spring this Thursday, and some of the city’s best places to catch a glimpse of Latin American art; all on Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta.

This famous avenue that spans from the River Plate Monumental Stadium to the Buenos Aires Law School (Facultad de Derecho), was inaugurated in the 1910 centennial of the May revolution, and was planned with the help of the great landscape architect Carlos Thays.

Some of the avenues hotspots include:

Stadiums

River Plate Monumental Stadium: One of the most visited stadiums in the city, it hosts both football matches and live international acts. Plus, there is a River Plate museum close by to check out. Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta 7509, CABA

Estadio GEBA: Right off Figueroa Alcorta, in Palermo, this smaller stadium is also often the host of live international acts. Marcelino Freyre 3831, Palermo

Museums

Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires (MALBA): The museum, which has become one of the most popular cultural centers in the city, offers a unique collection of sculptures, drawings, paintings, collage, photographs and objects by twentieth century artists from Central and South America. The museum also hosts film screenings and interesting temporary exhibitions and conferences .  Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 4808-6500.

Parks

Parque 3 de Febrero: Carlos Thays was also involved in the landscaping and design of this group of parks which is composed of 25 ha., and made up of 15 public parks and 21 private sport clubs.  Some of the highlights for those getting to know the city include the “Rosedal”, an extensive rose garden, the Sivori museum of art, the planetarium and the Japanese gardens which host a myriad of activities related to Japanese culture.

Floralis Genérica: Located in the Plaza de las Naciones Unidas in Recoleta, this beautiful metal flower sculpture was donated to the city by architect Eduardo Catalano. It has a built in system that allows it to open in the mornings at 8 am and to close at dusk. On the special nights of the 25th of May, the 21st of September, the 24th of December and the 31st of December, it remains open. Avenida Presidente Figueroa Alcorta 2301, Recoleta.

Shady, and full of trees, Figueroa Alcorta is also a nice Avenue to walk down as it has some beautiful architecture.

The Avenue even has its own song:

March in Buenos Aires

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As the legal recess comes to an end and schools begin a new academic year, the city picks up its pace and prepares to receive Autumn and the Easter bunny in full swing.

Live music, art exhibits, and the Colón Theatre Season are all part of the upcoming cultural program.

Festivals and Events

Inauguration of the A line: The historical A subway line, which has been closed during the Summer for renovations, will be reopening this March. On your way to the Tortoni and Congress, look out for the gorgeous new murals at the Plaza de Mayo station by Triangulo Dorado  and other artistic interventions at the different stations and on the subways themselves.

Masa Crítica: 3rd of March. This monthly event gathers bicycle riders the first Sunday of each month at the Obelisco on Av. 9 de Julio with the purpose of touring the city thus promoting the use of bicycles as transport. If you would like to join you can rent a bike at Bici Naranja.

Nighttime tour of the Ecological Reserve- 9th of March. Discover the nightlife of the city’s ecological reserve under the light of the moon.  Sign up in advance for the tour on the 5th of March at 0800-444-5343.

CiuDanza:  14th-17th of March.  Parque Las Heras, Plaza San Martín and Parque Patricios will be the stages for this dance festival that merges dance with urban spaces. Find the full program here.

Colón Theatre 2013 Program: The stunning theatre kicks off their annual program of operas, ballets and concerts. Check out the full program here.

Easter Weekend: 28th-31st of March. With the Autumn chill comes the friendly Easter bunny full of comforting chocolate. Friday the 29th is a national holiday.

Live Music

Elton John- 2nd of March. The legendary singer/songwriter will be playing at Estadio Velez Sarsfield on Saturday. Get your tickets here.

Ian Anderson- 10th of March. Jethro Tull’s leading man will be playing live at the Gran Rex Theatre. Tickets here. 

Moon Park- 16th of March.  The second part of the Moon Park electronic festival, featuring Sasha and Hernán Cattaneo will be taking place at Centro Costa Salguero. Tickets here.

The Killers- 31st of March. The popular Vegas band will be staging a live show at GEBA. Tickets here.

Art Exhibits

MALBA

Adriana Varejao- 27 Mar- 30 Jun.

MAMBA

Ronald Shakespeare Retrospective- 21st March

MACBA

Geometry in Argentina- 9th of March

Juan José Cambré- 16th of March- 12th of May

MNAD

Lucio Boschi Photography- 15 Mar- 28 Apr.

Harun Farocki at Fundación Proa

(Photo by Media City Film Festival)

Fundación PROA in La Boca has recently inaugurated a new exhibition of renowned German video artist and filmmaker Harun Farocki. The exhibit consists of five  video installations and screenings of his three latest films.

Farocki´s cinematographic universe is centered on the analysis of images produced by contemporary society and the forms of power involved in their production, exhibition and consumption.  Eye/Machine II (2002), for example, examines the role of images and media in the construction of war, whilst Workers Leaving the Factory in Eleven Decades shows different representations of workers throughout film history.

Fundación PROA is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 7pm.  Guided tours are offered from Tuesdays to Fridays at 5pm and on weekends at 3pm and 5pm. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.  4104.1000.  info@proa.org.

Into the Past at Casa del Historiador

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La Casa del Historiador in San Telmo, known to many as casa del Virrey Liniers, is one of the city’s historical landmarks and dates back to the XVIII century. The house belonged to one of the country´s viceroys,  Santiago de Liniers, who played a key role in the reconquering of Buenos Aires after the British invasions.  It is the only remaining colonial house in the city, preserved for years as such by the Estrada publishing house.  Today, this emblem of the local history belongs to the city government and functions as a museum in which the Buenos Aires colonial period is depicted.

(Photo courtesy of La Perichona)

One of the highlights of this historical landmark is La Perichona Despensa de Comidas, a charming deli inside the house named after the Viceroy’s lover (who has a colorful story of her own). The XVIII century Andalusian patio with outdoor seating is the perfect spot to stop for a bite on a sunny day.

Venezuela 469, San Telmo. 4974-0265.  info@laperichona.com

Special Gardel Exhibit at Casa de la Cultura

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El Pibe Carlitos, Hombre y Mito, is the new Gardel exhibit that is being showcased at the Casa de la Cultura until the 30th of April. The exhibition features the largest tango collection in the world and includes new cinematographic material that has never been  screened before, and music by the famous Argentine artist that had never been published.

The exhibition shows Gardel’s life from his early youth to his years as the country’s most renowned tanguero.  It includes film footage, music and records, and a collection of objects such as a guitar, hats and more.

The exhibit is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday from 2pm to 8pm until the 30th of April at the Salón Dorado in Casa de la Cultura. Av. De Mayo 575, first floor, downtown.

Oscar Muñoz at the MALBA

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Protografias is the name of the new MALBA exhibit, featuring a collection of Colombian Oscar Muñoz’s works. The artist uses many different media including photography, engravings, drawings, installations, video, and sculpture to play on themes related to light, processes of vision, individual memory and a need for collective memory.

The exhibit showcases 70 works by Muñoz, which he has produced over the span of forty years.  It is open until the 25th of February along with an exhibit by the British  Tracey Emin.

The MALBA is open from midday to 8pm every day except Tuesdays. The stylish museum also carries out film screenings and has a great cafe and restaurant.  Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, 4808-6500.

Tracey Emin at the MALBA

(Photo by Juan Nosé)

The MALBA is inaugurating a new exhibit this week, featuring works by renowned British artist Tracey Emin. The exhibition, called How It Feels, will feature five videos produced between 1995 and 2000.

The contemporary artist, who emerged as part of the group YBA (Young British Artists) is well known for her provocative and highly emotive and intimate work such as the installations Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995 and My Bed. The videos that will be showcased play upon some of the common themes of the artist’s works including gender issues, sexuality, abortion and social class.

The exhibit will be on display from the 16th of November to the 25th of February. Museum opening hours are from midday to 8pm, except for Tuesdays when it is closed. Tickets are 30 pesos. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 4808-6500.

Fileteado Porteño at Museo de la Ciudad

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The Museo de la Ciudad showcases all kinds of different aspects of Buenos Aires including permanent exhibits of city doors, toys, musical instruments, advertisements and more. Last Saturday it added a new permanent collection that features a typical porteño style of painting called Fileteado Porteño.

This typical Argentine painting style dates back to the nineteenth century when it was first used as a decoration for horse drawn carts used to transport foods. It was progressively developed as a way of advertising and because big letters were taxed, the focus was placed on elaborate ornamentation to frame smaller letters. The style also became popular amongst the tango scene and many traditional tango neighborhoods feature ornamented filetes on their walls.  It has since been used as a decoration for accordions, buses, furniture, home fronts and more. A visit to the museum is a great way to learn more about this colorful painting style, as is the Fileteado Porteño Tour. The museum is also showcasing a temporary exhibit on hats.

Museum opening hours are from Monday to Friday from 11am-7pm and on weekends from 1pm to 6pm. Tickets cost 1 peso. Defensa 219, San Telmo. 4331-9855

Buenos Aires Museums at Night 2012

(Photo by Ante todo, Pablo Zárate)

On Saturday night, the city museums will be open from 8pm to 3am. The cultural event will pay homage to Astor Piazzolla to commemorate the twenty-year anniversary of his death. Additionally, there will be live shows, ballet, and more at different city venues.

Some of the highlights of the evening will be:

The Teatro General San Martín Ballet will be staging Las ocho estaciones, by Astor Piazzolla, at the Planetarium starting at 8pm. Av Sarmiento and Belisario Roldán, Palermo.

Also at the Planetarium, there will be an exhibition of fashion and automobile design from 1920-2010 sponsored by Citroen. Av Sarmiento and Belisario Roldán, Palermo.

The Museo de la Cuidad will inaugurate an exhibition on the typical florid painting style present around the city known as Filete Porteño. Defensa 219, Downtown.

La Usina del Arte in La Boca will present a photography exhibit showcasing portraits of Latin American authors. Pedro de Mendoza 501, La Boca.

There will also be open bookstores in Av. Corrientes between 9 de Julio and Callao that will not only offer books but also different cultural activities.

Find the full program here.

Day of the Dead at Museo Fernandez Blanco

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In Mexican tradition, the deceased are remembered in a colorful celebration on the Day of the Dead. During this holiday, family and friends visit altars that are built for those who have passed, with offerings of sweets, marigolds, skulls (calaveritas) and more.

The Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fernandez Blanco takes part in this festivity every year. This year it will pay homage to the lives of Mexican author Carlos Fuentes, Mexican singer Chavela Vargas, the Argentine Astor Piazzolla, renowned for his tangos and composition, and Carlos Loiseau “Caloi” who was a famous local cartoonist.

Tonight, starting at 6.30pm, the museum will inaugurate the altar that will be open to the public until the 11th of November.  Additionally, there will be traditional Mexican and Argentine dances. The Museum is also well worth visiting for its collection of Hispanic art, and live concerts.

Museo Isaac Fernandez Blanco. Palacio Noel. Suipacha 1422, Downtown.4327- 0228.mifb_prensa@buenosaires.gob.ar