Caravaggio Exhibit at the MNBA

(Caravaggio. photo by TuscanyArts)

From the 25th of October to the 15th of December, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Fine Arts Museum), will be showcasing a special exhibit of Caravaggio’s work.

The exhibit, named Caravaggio and his Followers, will display a special selection of the baroque artist’s paintings, as well as showing a selection of works by other artists who he has influenced. These artists are Artemisia Gentileschi, Bartolomeo Cavarozzi, Giovanni Baglione, Giovanni Battista Caracciolo, Hendrick van Somer, José de Ribera, Leonello Spada, Mattia Preti, Orazio Borgianni, Orazio Gentileschi, Orazio Riminaldi, Simon Vouet, Tommaso Salini and Valentin de Boulogne.

The exhibition is the first in Latin America to display  such a broad selection of this renowned artist’s works.  Another important exhibition of Italian art is taking place in the Museo Nacional Decorativo, where Renaissance paintings are being displayed.

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Libertador 1473, Recoleta. 288-9999.

Italian Art at the Museo de Arte Decorativo

(Maddona and Child with Detail by Carlo Crivelli. Photo by Eric.Parker)

The impressive Museo de Arte Decorativo in Recoleta is showcasing a special exhibit until the 30th of September. The exhibition, “Mareviglia dalle Marche”, presents Italian art from the Marche region in Italy where a lot of influential art was created. The paintings displayed depict religious Italian iconography from the late Gothic period to nineteenth century Neo-Classicism. Tiziano, Rafael and Crivelli are some of the artists who have been included in this stunning exhibition that was curated by UBA professor architect Angel Navarro.

The museum, which has a great architectural beauty, is also well worth visiting for its permanent collection and is showcasing a motorcycle exhibit. Additionally, there is a lovely cafe, Croque Madame, to stop by for cakes afterwards.

Tickets for the Mareviglia dalle Marche exhibit cost 30 pesos. On Tuesday’s it is free. Opening hours during July are midday to 6.45pm. Av.del Libertador 1902, Recoleta. 4801-8248.

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.