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 Thematically, it includes historical references, as well as personal experiences and depictions of his travels.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 There will also be a screening of two films and a power point display with unpublished material.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.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Tuesday

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Head to Puerto Madero for a nice stroll along the river and stop at the Museo del Humor, which exhibits fantastic Argentine comic art.  Av. De los Italianos 851, Puerto Madero.

Later on, at 7 pm there will be a Porteño Drinks Class by José Luis Jáuregui. ISEHG- Tucumán 1610, Downtown. Book your place at soporte@probabuenosaires.com.

Also at 7 pm will be the Gastronomic Week photography contest at Foto Club Buenos Aires- Hipólito Yrigoyen 834, downtown. Book your place at soporte@probabuenosaires.com.

Wednesday

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Don’t miss the gala at the Museo Fernandez Blanco that will take place at 6.30pm as part of the Gastronomic Week. Suipacha 1422, downtown. Book your place at soporte@probabuenosaires.com.

At 7pm there will be a special pastry class by the Mexican Pastry Tournament winners. ISEHG- Tucumán 1610, Downtown. Book your place at soporte@probabuenosaires.com

The spectacular Colón Theatre will be staging a concert by the Guarneri Prague Trio featuring pieces by Josef Suk, Bedrich Smetana and Antonin Dvorák. Tickets here.

Thursday

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Spring is the time for outdoor sightseeing and there are some great tours by air and water that make for perfect alternatives to get to know the city in a fun and novel way.

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, which include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, cost 35 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

At 7 pm there will be a Porteño Drinks Class by José Luis Jáuregui. ISEHG- Tucumán 1610, Downtown. Book your place at soporte@probabuenosaires.com.

Friday

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From Friday throughout the weekend there will be a free art and technology festival, FASE 4, at the Centro Cultural Recoleta. Junin 1930, Recoleta.

In the evening head to Unicorn Huset, the most promising new addition to the Buenos Aires night scene. Trendsetters and world travelers meet at this Scandinavian inspired resto/bar-club for some stylish upbeat fun! Open from Wednesday’s to Saturday’s from 9pm onwards. Honduras 5730, Palermo Hollywood.

Saturday and Sunday

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Remember to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s unique must-try brunch, served on Saturdays and Sundays! Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood. 3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

On Sunday, starting at 6pm,  the International Guitar Festival will close off with a live concert with all the guitarists at C. C. de la Memoria Haroldo Conti. Av. Del Libertador 8151, downtown.

Find a ten-day weather forecast here.

New in Town: Museo del Humor

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Recently, a new museum was inaugurated in the city, celebrating the local comic and caricature scene. The museum exhibits a collection that spans from the 1800’s to the present and depicts different political and cultural stages of the country.

Artist César Hipólito Bacle, who produced a series of lithography’s that mocked the porteño women’s exaggerated hairdos, first introduced comics and caricatures to the locals in 1837. From then on the genre moved from fashion to politics and became very popular as an expression of dissident political opinions. So much so that president Juarez Selman prohibited Eduardo Sojo, a Spanish journalist and caricaturist who founded the Don Quixote magazine in 1884, to draw his caricature.  Later the magazine supported the 1890 revolution and played an important role in the downfall of the Juarez Selman Government.

Another very important magazine at the time was Caras y Caretas. This magazine not only characterized and illustrated the political situation at the time, but also, gave a lot of importance to the cultural icons that forged the national identity, such as the gaucho. Caras y Caretas became emblematic throughout twentieth century Argentina, and incorporated many novelties that were then copied by other smaller publications.

In the thirties comic strips acquired an increased notoriety as there began to be illustrated adaptations of different stories and books such as Hansel and Gretel and Robinson Crusoe. During this period the famous Patoruzu comic strip, by Dante Quinterno, was published in La Razon and El Mundo newspaper, and depicted the life of an innocent Telhuelche Indian with supernatural strength who was tutored by a playboy porteño. Later on it became an independent publication reaching record circulation.

During the next decade comic strips flourished and began to incorporate different themes, mocking world leaders during the Second World War, and also showing some of the cultural changes in western society, as for example the role of workers and women.

During the military dictatorship local publications dwindled as censorship was instilled, however it was during this period that some of the most renowned Argentine comic artists appeared including Quino who commercialized his work abroad with his emblematic character Mafalda, and later Caloi and Fontanarrosa, amongst others.

Now a day’s comic art is still very much alive in the local culture, and many of the mentioned comic artists are well known by a large part of the population.

The comic art museum brings together all the different periods and characters of this important tradition which has helped to define the local identity.

Museo del humor

Av. de los Italianos 851, Puerto Madero

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat-Sun 10am-7pm.

Tickets: 10 pesos.