5 Emblematic Women in Argentine History

(Photo by Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com)

Cecilia Grierson – 1859-1934

Cecilia Grierson was the first female doctor in the country. She graduated from the University of Buenos Aires as a surgeon-doctor in 1889 and began working at the Ramos Mejia Hospital (back then, San Roque Hospital).  She founded the first school of nurses, the Argentine first aid association, and the institute for the blind in Buenos Aires.

She also traveled to London and became the vice-president of the International Women’s Congress and studied gynecology in France.

Rosario Vera Peñaloza- 1873-1950

Rosario Vera Peñaloza dedicated her life to education. She founded the first Argentine kindergarten in La Rioja. She was also a head mistress in many schools around the country.

In 1931 the national education committee entrusted her with the creation of the first national museum for primary education. Her date of death was declared the national kindergarten teacher’s day.

Alicia Moreau Justo- 1885-1986

Alicia Moreau Justo was born in London but moved to Buenos Aires with her family when she was five. She was doctor and political activist who fought for women’s rights.

In 1902 she founded the women’s socialist center and was one of the founders of the women’s pro-suffrage committee.

She was also married to one Juan B. Justo, an influential politician, journalist, physician and writer with whom she had three children.

Victoria Ocampo- 1890-1979

Victoria Ocampo was an Argentine writer and intellectual.

She was born into an aristocratic family and traveled from an early age to Europe, which helped form her cultural identity.

She was a part of the feminist movement and founded Sur magazine, which was the most important literary magazine of its time in Latin America. Authors such as Sabato, Borges, Cortazar and Camus were published in it, amongst many other prominent authors.

She also edited and supported an anti-nazi magazine during world war II.

In 1976 she was appointed the first woman member of the Argentine Academy of Letters.

She frequently received visits from internationally renowned writers, artists and thinkers at her residence, which is open to visits. More information is available here.

Evita- 1919-1952

Evita is the most iconic woman in Argentine history. Born in Los Toldos, in the Province of Buenos Aires, she was first an actress, and then a politician.

She married Juan Domingo Peron in 1944 and became the face of Peronism.

As a first lady she is credited with having played an essential part in obtaining women’s voting rights and organizing the feminine branch of the Peronist political party. She established and ran the Fundacion Eva Peron, dedicated to social work.

She died of cancer when she was 33 and it is estimated that over a million people assisted her wake.

More information on Evita is available at  the Evita Museum.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by Carola)

Don’t miss the Photography Biennial being held at the Centro Cultural Borges, right next to Galerias Pacifico. More than 220 artists from 39 countries are exhibiting their works that will be auctioned on the 14th of February at the MALBA. All the auctions proceeds are to go to Save the Children and Fleni Foundation. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun midday-9pm. Viamonte 525, downtown. 5555 5358/9. info@ccborges.org.ar.

In the evening don’t miss out on La Bomba del Tiempo, a percussion orchestra that has become one of the local absolute musts. Centro Cultural Konex, Sarmiento 3131, Abasto, 4864-3200.

Tuesday

(Photo by deglispiriti)

The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA) is showcasing a collection of Italian art from 1860-1945 until the 19th of February.  Opening hours Tue-Fri 12.30pm-8.30pm and Sat-Sun from 9.30am-8.30pm. Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

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.

Wednesday

(Photo by blmurch)

La Manzana de las Luces is a block of historical buildings that housed the first public school, university and library. On this block is the San Ignacio church, the oldest in Buenos Aires. A mysterious set of tunnels, dating back to the 1700’s is another of this landmarks attractions that can be toured starting 3pm. Perú 272, San Telmo.

In the evening head to the Abasto neighborhood for a taste of tango presented by the Orquesta Típica Fernandez Fierro at the Club Atletico Fernández Fierro starting at 10.30pm. Sánchez de Bustamante 764, Abasto. caff@fernandezfierro.com.

Thursday

(Photo by Carlos Novillo Martin. Rus)

Go on the San Telmo Art Walk, offered by Juanele every Tuesday and Thursday at 3pm and discover the who is who and what is what of the neighborhood’s art-ridden streets. The three-hour walk includes a tour of both the street art and galleries. More information here.

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.

Pop sensation Selena Gomez will be playing live at Estadio GEBA in the evening. Tickets here.

Friday

(photo by Brian Negin)

Start the week by visiting the Evita Museum to find out more about this emblematic political figure. Guided tours in English can be booked in advance and last about an hour. Tue-Sun 11am-7pm.  Lafinur 2988. 4807-0306.

Later on stop by one of these recommended bars for Happy hour! Or head to the  Luna Park to watch multilingual African reggae singer Alpha Blondie perform.  Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by scrambldmeggs)

Take a day trip to the San Isidro neighborhood in the outskirts of the city and visit Quinta Los Ombues, one of the oldest homestead in the city where a small historical museum is displayed overlooking a beautiful viewpoint of San Isidro. Close by is the San Isidro cathedral and an artisans fair in a shaded park. Also in San Isidro is the Casa de Victoria OCampo well worth visiting and having some tea with scones in.

The Summer Blues Festival will be taking place at La Trastienda this year with a focus on the harmonica. Tickets here.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Plenty of alternative and off the beaten path activities will be hosted this week in Buenos Aires after a long and rainy weekend! Between the announcement of the presidential candidates and all the live music and theatre options, the city is sure to be abuzz.

Tuesday

(Picture taken in the Evita museum by Brian Negin)

Start the week by visiting the Evita Museum to find out more about this emblematic political figure. Guided tours in English can be booked in advance and last about an hour.

In the evening, head to the stately Claridge Hotel’s tea parlor for a free concert by Opera Singer Elena Tasisto at 7pm.

Evita Museum

Lafinur 2988

4807-0306

Tue-Sun 11am-7pm

Claridge Hotel

Tucumán 535

4314-2020

Wednesday

(9 de Julio and Corrientes Avenue by everdaniel)

Take a walk down Corrientes Avenue and stop by the Gran Rex Theatre for a free Vivaldi concert at 1pm.  Only 9 blocks away is the best pizza in town at El Cuartito.

Later in the evening you can catch the stunning Fuerza Bruta show being staged until Friday at the Luna Park.  Tickets here.

If you’re up for drinks, or some vegetarian food, head to Magdalena’s Party in Palermo, which opens from 8pm-3am.

Gran Rex Theatre

Av. Corrientes 857

4322-8000

El Cuartito

Talcahuano 937

4816-1758

Magdalenas Party

Thames 1795, Palermo

4833.9127

Thursday

(Museo Penitenciario by Edgar Zuniga Jr.)

Weather forecasts predict rain for Thursday so it’s a good day to visit museums. An interesting alternative is the Museo Penitenciario (the penitentiary museum) set in a building that dates back to 1732.  The display traces the history of the federal prison activity and shows objects, and archives.

Later on visit the Festival en Pantalla Chica, in the Centro Cultural Rojas, which will be screening a selection of the “Best youtube videos” At 7pm.

In the evening the Ernesto Jodos Trio will be playing jazz at Thelonious at 9.30pm.

Museo Penitenciario

Humberto Primo 378, San Telmo

4361-0917.

tomuseopenitenciario@spf.gov.ar

Opening Hours: Thur-Sun 2pm-6pm.

Guided tours: 5pm

Centro Cultural Rojas

Corrientes 2038

4954-5521

Thelonious

Salguero 1884, 1st floor, Palermo

4829-1562

Friday

(Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo by Iggykaser)

Inside a beautiful French style building you will find The Decorative Art Museum, which showcases a collection of local and foreign objects and furniture. Currently they are also hosting a temporary exhibit of Swedish ceramics. The building in itself makes the museum well worth the visit and the cafe in the courtyard is a lovely place for an afternoon stop.

In the evening the British Arts center is staging Chekhov’s “The Marriage Proposal” at 9pm.

For some live music later on, head to Thelonious, where Pipi Piazzolla  (Astor Piazzollas grandson) will be playing at midnight.

Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo

Av.del Libertador 1902

4801-8248

museo@mnad.org

British Arts Center

Suipacha 1333, downtown

4393-6941

Thelonious

Salguero 1884, 1st floor, Palermo

4829-1562

Saturday and Sunday

(Book Tower of Babel. skaycito)

Last few days to visit the Book Tower of Babel installed in the center of town.  Plaza San Martin from midday-8pm.

On Sunday head to the beautiful Japanese gardens where a Reiki marathon will be taking place.  Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares from 10am-6pm.

Must See in Buenos Aires #6: Casa Rosada Tour

(Casa Rosada by Elton Melo)

Originally built as fort in 1594, the Casa Rosada, or Pink House, is one the city’s most emblematic buildings both because of its striking appearance and because it is the government headquarters.

During Domingo Sarmientos presidency the eye catching structure was painted pink, it is said, as a symbol of unity between the red and white colors of the Unitarians and Federals who fought against each other during the civil war.

Throughout the many political upheavals, the pink house has always been a place where the people have gathered and manifested and where the action has appeared to take place.  The famous Evita speeches, the declaration of war against the Falkland islands were made public on its now famous balcony and many celebrations and riots have taken place in the small plaza facing the government building.

The stunning architecture, unique memorabilia and historic and political importance of this landmark make it a definite must see.  Free tours of the Casa Rosada are offered on weekends from 10am-6pm starting at the main entrance facing the plaza.

This week in Buenos Aires

Monday:

The Museo Carlos Gardel is a great place to go to  find out more about the tango legend. A temporary exhibition of Mercedes Simone, one of tangos most important female voices, is being hosted.  Additionally the museum offers live music on Mondays at 6.30pm. 

In the evening  Morcheeba is presenting their new album at Estadio Luna Park at 9.30pm.

Jean Jaurés 735, Almagro
4964-2015/2071
Opening hours:  Monday-Friday from 11am to 6pm. Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 7pm. Tuesdays closed.

Estadio Luna Park
Bouchard 465, Centro, Ciudad de Buenos Aires
 5279-5279 
Mail: info@lunapark.com.ar 
Web: www.lunapark.com.ar
Tickets available at: http://lunapark.ticketportal.com.ar/eventperformances.asp?evt=287

Tuesday

For a magical view of Buenos Aires history take a tour of the “Zanjon de Granados,” a unique experience of urban archaeology and architecture. Later on in the evening have dinner at charming traditional “rotisería”  Miramar which offers typical Spanish influenced Argentine food.

El Zanjon de Granados:
Defensa 755, San Telmo
4361-3002
Tours: Mondays -Friday 10.30 am- 6pm
turismo@elzanjon.com

Miramar
San Juan 1999 Boedo ,
4304-4261 
Tue-Sun 12am-4pm- 8pm-1am

Wednesday

Visit the Evita museum for a closer look at one of Argentinas most controversial political figures.

In the evening at 9pm great opera singer Placido Domingo is offering a free show at the Obelisco.

Evita Museum
contacto@museoevita.org
Lafinur 2988 (1425) Buenos Aires
Tel-  4807 – 0306
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11am-7pm

Thursday

One of the architectural landmarks of the city is the famous Palacio Barolo. Construction of this regal building full of references to poet Dante Alighieri began in 1919 for what was to be the tallest structure in Latin America. Guided tours are available Mondays and Thursdays from 4pm to 7pm and evening guided tours on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8pm and Thursdays at 8.30pm includes tasting of an awarded wine and a national delicacy. Thursdays are also the party night of the week and Club Niceto hosts their famous club 69 party.

Palacio Barolo
Av de Mayo 1370 9° P. Esc. 249/52

Tel/Fax: (54-11) 4381-1885 

info@palaciobarolotours.com.ar  

barolotours@gmail.com

Club Niceto
(+54 11) 4779 9396 / info@nicetoclub.com
Niceto Vega 5510 – C1414BFD – Palermo
Ciudad de Buenos Aires – Argentina
http://www.nicetoclub.com

Friday

Take a stroll down the Botanical Gardens and check out the temporary exhibit of underwater photography being hosted.

In the evening treat yourself to a special dinner at Pura Tierra where owner and chef Martín Molteni offers the best Argentine cuisine using carefully selected seasonal ingredients.

Botanical Gardens
Avenida Santa Fe
Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
(0)11 4831 4527

Pura Tierra   
3 de Febrero 1167, Belgrano
4899 2007
Mon- Sat  8pm to closing

Saturday

“La noche en vela” is a Buenos Aires all nighter event inspired by Paris’s “Nuit Blanche.”  Free activities will be hosted from 7pm to 7am offering a unique experience of contemporary art, music, tango classes, contemporary dance, performances, 3d mapping on the recoleta cemetery and other fun surprises.
For more information on specific activities go to: http://www.nocheenvela.com.ar/

Sunday

After Saturday nights events, Sunday will be a day to get up late and go to Plaza Serrano to check out the independent designers exhibiting at the traditional weekend fair. Whilst your there, Oui Oui is a great tea house close by where you can stop for some well deserved treats!

Oui Oui
Nicaragua 6099, Palermo
5778-9614

La Recoleta Cementery. Not just to visit Evita’s Grave.

La Recoleta Cementery

With most of the influential Argentines buried in it, El Cementerio de La Recoleta is one of the most interesting sightseeing spots in the city. Considered one of the top 3 in the world for its architectural magnificence and in the heart of the city it’s great to learn which names had influences in Argentine history. We recommend you take a mini tour of it, there are great stories you’ll be told. 

Also, don’t miss Evita’s grave, how to find it? Just follow the crowds!

-Photo by Christian Hauguen