Buenos Aires Art Spree

(PH: Estrella Herrera for  Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires)

Several artistic events will be taking place next week in Buenos Aires to wrap up May. The most well known is the annual arteBA fair, the biggest art fair in Latin America that will take place from May 24th to May 27th in La Rural, in Palermo. This year,  the  new FACA art fair  will also be taking place parallel to arteBA from the 25th to the 28th at the Palermo racetracks with food trucks, a beer lounge and DJ’s.

As if two art fairs in one week weren’t enough, the FAENA Arts Center will be showcasing a selection of works from the Biennale of Moving Things from the 23rd to the 30th of May. Also, the first Gallery Day event, taking place in La Boca, San Telmo and Barracas will be carried out on the 20th of May from 3-7pm.

Find out more about current exhibitions and other important BA events in our monthly agenda here.

La próxima semana, la ciudad se despide de mayo con un festín artístico en el que participa toda la movida del arte local. Para empezar, arteBA, la feria de arte más grande de latinoamérica, inaugura el 24 de mayo y se lleva a cabo hasta el 27 en La Rural en Palermo. En simultáneo, la nueva Feria de Arte Contemporáneo (FACA) abre sus puertas el 25 hasta el 28 en el Hipódromo de Palermo donde además habrán food trucks, patio cervecero y DJ’s. 

Como si fuera poco, se suma también una muestra con una selección de obras de la Biennale of Moving Images de Génova en el FAENA Arts Center del 23 al 30 de Mayo. Además, el 20 de mayo se lleva a cabo el primer Gallery Day con circuito en La Boca, San Telmo y Barracas. 

Más información acerca de exhibiciones de arte y otros eventos importantes en la ciudad aquí. 

Buenos Aires Agenda May/Mayo

May Highlights/ Elegidos de mayo

biblioteca nacional de buenos aires

PH: Celeste RC

Annual International Book Fair- Buenos Aires is a literary city and its international book fair is a great opportunity to find books, readers and writers all in one place. This year it will take place from the 27th of April to the 15th of May at La Rural in Palermo.

Feria del Libro- Buenos Aires es una ciudad literaria y la Feria Internacional del Libro es el lugar ideal para encontrar libros, lectores y escritores, todos en un mismo espacio. Este año se lleva a cabo del 27 al 15 de mayo en La Rural en Palermo.

City Tango Dance Championship- from the 10th to the 21st of May some of the best tango dancers shine their shoes and show what they know at the Tango Dance Championship. Find the full program here.

TangoBA- Del 10 al 21 de mayo se lleva a cabo el campeonato de tango de la ciudad en el que se presentan los mejores bailarines del género para mostrar su habilidad. El programa completo se encuentra disponible aquí

Feria Masticar-Foodies will love this gourmet food fair that will take place from the 11th-14th of May where the best of the Argentine cuisine scene will come together for a four day banquet with talks and related activities. Zapiola and Matienzo, Palermo.

Feria Masticar- Quienes gusten de la buena cocina tendrán la oportunidad de acercarse del 11 al 14 de mayo a este banquete de cuatro días en el que los protagonistas de la escena gourmet local estarán presentes para ofrecer sus platos, brindar charlas y realizar otras actividades relacionadas .  Zapiola y Matienzo, Palermo.

ArteBA– The annual Buenos Aires Art Fair will take place from the 24th to the  27th of May and is a great opportunity to get to know what’s going on in the local scene, and to purchase art.  La Rural, Palermo.

ArteBA- La feria anual de arte de Buenos Aires se lleva a cabo del 24 al 27 de mayo y es una excelente oportunidad para conocer la escena de arte local actual y también para adquirir piezas. La Rural, Palermo. 

25 de Mayo celebrations- Every 25th of May, the Argentine people celebrate the May revolution which marked a turning point in the country’s independence process. Stop by Feria de Mataderos to see some typical dances and try the locro and pastelitos.

Festejos del 25 de mayo- El 25 de mayo se festeja la revolución de mayo, que fue uno de los pasos hacia la independencia nacional. En Feria de Mataderos se festeja con danzas típicas, locro y pastelitos.


xul solar panjuego

Xul Solar- Panjuego PH:Ministerio de Cultura de la Nación Argentina

MALBA: The MALBA is showcasing two exhibits this month, one of the art collective General Idea, and the other of Argentine artist Gastón Pérsico’s work . Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

MALBA: Este mes, el MALBA presenta dos muestras, una del colectivo artístico General Idea, y el otro de la obra del artista argentino Gastón Persico. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

MAMBA: Tomás Sarraceno’s amazing spider web art, Diego Bianchi’s “intertextual” pieces, Antonio Berni’s drawings, an abstract art display from the Pirovano collection and Gabriel Chaile’s “Patricia” are all being showcased at this beautiful San Telmo centered museum. Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo

MAMBA: La telaraña transformada de Tomás Saracceno, las obras “intertextuales” de Diego Bianchi, los dibujos de Antonio Berni, una puesta de arte abstracto de la colección Pirovano, y “Patricia” de Gabriel Chaile se encuentran actualmente en exhibición en este hermoso museo de San Telmo. Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo

Fundación PROA: Fundación PROA is still showcasing an Yves Klein exhibit that is not to be missed. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

Fundación PROA: La fundación tiene en exhibición una muestra imperdible de la obra de Yves Klein. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

MNBA: The Buenos Aires fine arts museum is showcasing an exhibition of Xul Solar’s work .  Av. Libertador 1473, Palermo.

MNBA: En el Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, una retrospectiva de la obra de Xul Solar.  Av. Libertador 1473, Palermo.


This Week: 19-25 May


Via Polo Circo

Via Polo Circo

Blow away the Monday blues with a trip… to the circus! Buenos Aires is currently hosting the sixth Polo Circo until 25 May. From burleque to cabaret and clowns and gravity-defying tumbles. Tickets are available from Cultural San Martín at Sarmiento 1551 and Buenos Aires Polo Circo on Juan de Garay and Combate de los Pozos.  Tuesday

Via Hype

Via Hype

There’s an all-star international cast of DJs at Hype at Kika tonight with a strong musical offering from Italy. Razihel joins Hype regulars Matt Ashley and Fabricio Ruiz for a full-on night of electro, dubstep, hip hop, trap. moombahton, drum&bass and house. From midnight, Honduras 5539, Palermo Soho.


Via Gastronomique

Via Gastronomique

For outdoor drinking and beer on tap, check out new Recoleta pub slash campsite Camping. Although the beer list is short and sweet for the time being, they plan to start making their own brew in the near future. Log in to their WiFi and use their virtual jukebox, which is totally awesome and addictive. Pueyrredón 2501, Recoleta.   Thursday Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 13.29.38 Did you know you can catch movies for free on Thursdays? The audiovisual district, better known as the north side of Palermo Hollywood, is screening once a week at El Dorrego. May has been all about renowned director Pablo Trapero (he also directed Carancho) and today you can see Nacido y Criado (Born and Bred). 7.30pm, Zapiola 50, Colegiales. Free.   Friday

Document Art Gallery via arteBA

Document Art Gallery via arteBA

Aesthetes will be in their element from today and for the rest of the weekend as the 23rd edition of arteBA kicks off. This year, photography has its own section – Photobooth – for the first time while other notable elements include U-TURN masterminded by Spanish curator Agustin Pérez Rubio. 90 pesos. Until May 26. La Rural, Plaza Italia. Weekend

Via Pachamama Fotos

Via Pachamama Fotos

Sunday marks 25 May, one of the most important national holidays in Argentina. It commemorates the day in which the Viceroyalty of the Rio de la Plata was overthrown and replaced by the First Assembly; one of the turning points in Argentine independence. If ever there was a time to celebrate patriotism, this is it! Festivities include typical dances in folklore peñas, and patriotic foods such as locroempanadas, and pastelitos. Que rico!

This Week: 28 Apr-4 May

There’s plenty going on for culture vultures over the next seven days: highlights include the annual Book Fair and a photography exhibition by legendary rock ‘n roll snapper Bob Gruen at a hip restaurant.


Via Miami University

Via Miami University

It’s already in full swing but be sure to get down to the Fería del Libro for the largest book fair in the whole of Latin America. Celebrating its big 4-0 anniversary this year, From talks to presentations and book signings, one of today’s highlights is Un viaje por el Martín Fierro: “Martín Fierro interactivo that will cover everything you ever wanted to know about poet José Hernández and his gaucho hero, as organised by the National Library. 2pm-10pm, until May 12, La Rural, Plaza Italia. Entry $25, $40 at the weekend.

And of course, those in need of a fabulous feed should book at One Table – five course, five wine pairings, one chef – our very own Hernán Gipponi. Tel: 3220-6820. Reservation only.


Via Hype

Via Hype

There’s an all-star international cast of DJs at Hype at Kika tonight with a strong contingent from neighbouring Brazil. Wrong Bazz joins Hype regulars Matt Ashley and Fabricio Ruiz for a full-on night of electro, dubstep, hip hop, trap. moombahton, drum&bass and house. From midnight, Honduras 5539, Palermo Soho.


Via Rey de Copas

Via Rey de Copas

One Soho bar worth checking out for a Humpday cocktail is Rey de Copas. They just launched their winter drinks list *yesterday* so get down to this hot spot, filled with trombones and Moroccan-style cushioned booths and low tables for something refreshing. Gorriti 5156, Palermo Soho. Tel: 2068-5220.


Via Taringa

Via Taringa

Turned on by cute cupolas and fancy façades? Make a beeline for the Balvanera neighbourhood, which is home to two stunning buildings both designed by Eduardo Rodriguez Ortega. La Casa de los Lirios is a residential building with a façade reminiscent of Gaudí, while the other has a stunning cupola with an insignia in Catalan that says no hi ha somnis imposibles (“there are no impossible dreams”). Don’t miss the chance to stop and admire these two examples of gorgeous local architecture. La Casa de los Lirios, Av. Rivadavia 2027 and the cupola, Av. Rivadavia 2009.


Via Gargola

Via Gargola

There’s a very cool and temporary exhibition at Gargola Salón Privado, which is hosting photographs by legendary rock ‘n roll snapper Bob Gruen, best known for his images of The Beatles as well as John and Yoko. Access is via a dinner reservation  – the menu changes regularly – but this is a rare artistic treat in Buenos Aires. Tel: 4972-1161, Colegiales.


Via Pick Up The Fork

Via Pick Up The Fork

Busy day busting up your credit card in Palermo? Make a well-deserved pitstop at Pehache’s café. This concept store stocks gorgeous home wares and textiles – avert your eyes and power through to the back where the cake and the coffee awaits on the gorgeous patio. Gurruchaga 1418, Palermo Soho.


Via arteBA Fundación

Via arteBA Fundación

Coming up at the end of May is arteBA, a veritable artistic extravaganza that makes it the biggest contemporary art fair in Latin America. May 23-26, La Rural.



This Week in Buenos Aires


(Courtesy of arteBA Fundación)

The city’s most important art fair, ArteBA, which will be open until Tuesday, is a great opportunity for art enthusiasts and collectors to see the latest Argentine art on the market.  Open from 1pm-9pm. More information here.

In the evening the renowned Cuban orchestra Buena Vista Social Club will be presenting a live show next to Omara Portuondo at the Teatro Colegiales. Tickets here. Av. Federico Lacroze 3455, Colegiales.


(Photo by this is emily)

Book your place at the stunning Duhau Palace Restaurante and Vinoteca for the special Salta Cuisine menu paired with Colome wines that will be specially prepared throughout the week. Lunch: 300 pesos, Dinner: 400 pesos. Reservations at 5171 1340.

If you’re looking for a laugh don’t miss the Grin Go! Stand Up comedy Show starting at 9pm at the Absinth Resto Bar. Bartolomé Mitre 1695, Downtown. 4371-6486. Be sure to make a reservation by emailing gringo@comicosdepie.com.ar.


(Photo by ::d::)

Throughout the week the Buenos Aires artisan pastry week will be celebrated around the city in cafes and cake houses. Check out the special offers and discounts and go on an indulgent quest to find the best medialunas in town!

In the evening the Tango Championship semifinals will be held at 11.30pm in La Viruta. Armenia 1366, Palermo.


(Photo by irargerich)

Stop by the Buenos Aires Planetarium to experience the immersive show “Journey to the Stars” which traces stars through time. The experience was created in collaboration with the NASA, the American Museum on Natural Science in New York and a group of renowned scientists. Tue-Fri 1pm, 4pm, 5pm. Sat-Sun 2pm, 3pm. 4pm, 5pm, 6pm and 7pm. Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldan, Palermo.

For a unique evening, book your place at Fierro Hotel’s Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association Andres Rosberg and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno. Tastings cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Later on explore the city’s art galleries and museums with the rest of the crowd on the monthly Gallery Nights.


Friday is a national holiday as the May revolution is celebrated. Festivities will take place at Plaza San Martin starting 10am. Details will be updated on Thursday.

In the evening stop by La Peña del Colorado for some live guitar folklore and tango music by the talented trio Gorosito/Cataldi/de la Vega starting at 10pm.

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by Peter Forret)

Throughout the long weekend the Japanese Gardens will be celebrating different culinary customs of the Japanese culture. Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Casares, Palermo.

On Saturday don’t miss  the City Tango Dance Finals, which will be held in the afternoon at La Usina de las Ideas. Tickets must be picked up on Friday at Casa de la Cultura ( Av. De Mayo 575) from midday to 5pm.

On Saturday at 8.30pm Chinese pianist Lang Lang presents Johann Sebastian Bach’s: Partita No.1 in E-flat major,  Franz Schubert’s Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960 and Frederic Chopin’s twelve studios, Op. 25. at the Colón Theatre.


(Courtesy of arteBA Fundación)

The local artistic community will be abuzz throughout the weekend, as the most important contemporary art fair of the year, arteBA, has kicked off at La Rural until the 22nd of May.

The fair, which is the largest of its kind in Latin America, will showcase the artwork from 68 different galleries, and also promote newcomers to the scene, award prizes, and stage conferences for collectors and 3 art talks with renowned local artists Marta Minujín, Julio Le Parc and Pablo Reinoso.  Additionally, this year the fair will be offering free iPhone and iPad apps, and free audio guides.

Tickets to the fair cost 50 pesos and can be bought online here. Opening hours are form 1pm-9pm. La Rural. Sarmiento 2704, Palermo.

This Week in Buenos Aires


(ArteBA by Fabio Tellez)

Today is the last chance to visit ArteBA for those that weren’t able to last week. In the vicinity is Feria Puro Diseño (the best of Buenos Aires Design) which is on until Wednesday.

In the evening head to the Carlos Gardel Museum for a tango concert.

Museo Carlos Gardel

Jean Jaures 735, Almagro


Open: Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun- 11am-6pm

Concerts: Mondays at 6.30pm


(Floralis Generica in Recoleta by henry0)

For the more athletic, an urban running tour around Recoleta and Palermo is a great way to squeeze in some exercise whilst getting to know interesting information about the city sites, which also work as rest stops. More information here.

In the evening the Argentina Independent is hosting a May Pub Quiz (in English) in La Tribu bar where you can meet people and maybe win something! Another great option for the night is heading to nightclub Bahrein for its Tuesday Drum and Bass party.

Bar de La Tribu

Lambaré 873, Almagro

Starting 8PM

Contact: events@argentinaindependent.com to reserve your place in a team.


Lavalle 345, downtown.

From 11pm onwards (remember partying starts later here at pox 1am)


Independence day “pastelitos”  by j-cornelius)

Celebrate the Argentine Independence by heading to the Feria de Mataderos (we recommend you take a cab) where you can experience the national folklore, and typical customs related to the gauchos. Don’t miss out of the “locro”, a typical soup made on national holidays which has legumes and different meat cuts. Another festive bite to try are the “pastelitos” which are sweet crispy pastries filled with sweet potato jam or quince jam.

In the evening, the Rio Café host their Wednesday hit “Rock in Rio”.

Feria de Mataderos

Mercado Nacional de Hacienda

‪Lisandro de la Torre Av. and Los Corrales Av.  ‬

Rio Café

Honduras 4772, Palermo‬

Open 11pm-3am‬


(Palacio Paz by alanlangdon)

Take an English tour of the stunning Palacio Paz at the Circulo Militar at 3.30pm and discover the Parisian influence on Buenos Aires architecture.

In the evening, catch Canadian circus group PSY at Parque Patricios for a great show that is sure to surprise you.

Palacio Paz

Av. Santa Fe 750, Downtown


PSY- Polo Circo

Combate de los Pozos 1700, between Garay and Brazil, Parque Patricios.

Tickets: 40 pesos, available on location or at Casa de la Cultura.


(Clavel del Aire-Luis Perlotti  by felixion)

Check out some of the local sculpture at Museo de Esculturas Luis Perlotti set in the sculptors home and atelier in Caballito. Also exhibited in the museum is a temporary display of ceramics by Carlota Cairo.

In the evening continue with the art scavenging at the monthly gallery nights, where you can explore the cities art galleries amongst enthusiastic crowds.

Another alternative is heading to the Oreja Negra to listen to some of Pablo Dacals’ talent and music.

Museo de Esculturas Luis Perlotti

Pujol 644, Caballito


Open: Tue-Sun 11am-7pm

La Oreja Negra

Uriarte 1271, Palermo


The show starts at 9pm. Entrance fee 30 pesos.

Saturday and Sunday

(Planetarium by henry0)

Visit the Planetarium  at 3pm to get a very special view of the sun.