Tina Modotti at the Centro Cultural Borges

(Tina Modotti, Workers Parade, 1926. dr jk)

Buenos Aires is brimming with art and one of the most interesting artists on display at the moment is Tina Modotti, a multifaceted Italian photographer with a life full of adventure. The talented artist was a Hollywood actress for a brief period. She was also an activist against fascism in Italy, and she participated in the Spanish Civil War, in the Communist Party in Moscow and in the Mexican post-revolution.

The exhibit showcases her photographs of Mexico where she befriended Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and David Siqueiros.  It is taking place in the Centro Cultural Borges until the 12th of February from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 9pm and Sundays from midday to 9pm. Tickets cost 30 pesos.  Viamonte and San Martín, downtown. 5555-5359, info@ccborges.org.ar

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by bogavanterojo)

Start the week off by getting a general picture of Buenos Aires with Jonathan who offers free daily walking tours that start at 11am from the Garibaldi Statue at Plaza Italia. More information here.

In the evening stop by La Peña del Colorado .This Palermo-centered peña serves traditional food and stages live shows as well as hosting folklore dances for the community.  From midnight onwards they also encourage the diners to play spontaneous guitar music. (They offer the guitars).  Güemes 3657, Palermo. 4822-1038. info@lapeniadelcolorado.com.

Tuesday

 

(Photo by t.bo79)

Stop by 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! Av. De Mayo 575, first floor, downtown.

In the evening head to Boris Club de Jazz where Russian Red will be staging a live show starting at 10pm. Gorriti 5568, Palermo.

 

Wednesday

 

(Photo  by Celine Aussourd)

Summer 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.

Later on stop by La Catedral in Almagro where you can take a tango lesson staring at 7.30 pm or 9pm. Sarmiento 4006, Almagro.

Thursday

 

(Photo by vmiramontes)

Stop for a light lunch at hierbabuena in San Telmo and then check out the Margarita Paksa exhibit at the  MAMBA !  Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo.  4342-3001.

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  include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Friday

(Photo by ::: M @ X :::)

Book your place for the full parrilla experience with Parrilla Tour. These filling excursions, which take place in San Telmo on Fridays, will surely leave you satisfied.

In the evening stop by Fierro´s Thank Fierro its Friday Happy Hour from 6pm to 8.30 pm and then head to one of the city’s top bars such as Isabel, Frank’s Bar, Unicorn Huset or 878! Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by dlev1979)

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.

PM Open air music– Outdoor live music, art and more merge in this new Saturday event which takes place in Palermo from 2pm to 9pm. Paraguay 4905, Palermo

Find a ten-day weather forecast here and don’t forget to stop for ice cream at one of these fantastic Buenos Aires heladerias!

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by Museo de Antioquia)

The MALBA is featuring a new exhibit on Colombian artist Oscar Muñoz. An exhibit by British artist Tracy Emin is also being exhibited. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.

In the afternoon, stop for some tea and sweet treats at the traditional Confitería Las Violetas and then work off those medialunas by dancing at the nearby Centro Cultural Konex where La Bomba del Tiempo, a percussion orchestra that has become one of the local musts, will be showing off their drumming skills. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864-3200

Tuesday

(Photo by mista stagga lee)

Weather forecasts anticipate a warm sunny day, ideal for a walk in the ecological reserve in Puerto Madero where you can get the best view of the city!

Later on stop by La Catedral in Almagro where you can take a tango lesson staring at 7.30 pm or 9pm. Sarmiento 4006, Almagro.

Wednesday

The Museo Sivori, behind the beautiful Rosedal in Palermo, is displaying Contraluz, a new exhibit by renowned artist Juan Gatti. Av. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo.

In the evening head to Niceto Club in Palermo where Colombian salsa orquestra La  33 will be staging a live show starting 9pm. Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo.

Thursday

(Photo by Lucky B)

Catch one of the Palacio Barolo Tours which take place at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm or at 8.30pm including a glass of wine. The stunning city landmark is full of references to Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy and is a must.  More information here.

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  include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Friday

(Photo by Setesete77)

La Boca’s Caminito is one of the city’s most famous tourist attractions and stopping by the Museo Quinquela Martín to check out the neighborhood’s influential artist’s work is mandatory when in the area.  Avenida Don Pedro de Mendoza 1835, La Boca.

In the evening stop by Fierro´s Thank Fierro its Friday Happy Hour from 6pm to 8.30 pm and then head to one of the city’s top bars such as Isabel, Frank’s Bar, Unicorn Huset or 878! Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by wallyg)

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.

Don’t miss the live Japanese music concerts that will be held at the Japanese Gardens throughout the weekend at 4pm, 5pm, and 6pm. There will also be tea and sweets from 11am onwards.

PM Open air music– Outdoor live music, art and more merge in this new Saturday event which takes place in Palermo form 2pm to 9pm. Paraguay 4905, Palermo

Find a ten-day weather forecast here and don’t forget to stop for ice cream at one of these fantastic Buenos Aires heladerias!

Buenos Aires Summer 2013

(Photo by Shan Sheehan)

A new year is upon us, and with it, a whole new calendar to fill with events and activities in the city. Below are some of the monthly highlights to take into consideration for this Summer.

January

In Argentina January is always a month of legal recess so a lot of activity slows down and many a Porteño flee to the nearby beaches.  It is also a time chosen for renovations.  This year the A-line subway, with its antique wagons will be closed down for renovations during January and perhaps February too.   The decorative arts museum in Palermo is also closed for renovations until the 14th of January, as is the Planetarium until the 21st of January. The Colón Theatre remains open for touring but kicks off with its program in March.

Exhibits:

Traditional Argentine Figurative Art at the Museo Benito Quinquela Martín. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1843, La Boca. 4301-1080.

Alberto Giacometti/ Contemporary Argentine art- Fundacion PROA. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.  4104.1000.

Tracey Emin/ Oscar Muñoz- MALBA. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 4808-6511

Contraluz- Juan Gatti- Sivory MuseumAv. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo. 4772-5628.

Margarita Paksa/ Massimo Listri/ Italian video art 2004-2012/ Lux Linder/Alejandro Somaschini/ Site Specific,Matías Ercole, Juan Malka and Kirsten Dosel-  MAMBA. Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo.  4342-3001.

Homage to Arquitect Pablo Pater/ Nativity Scene by María Isabel Fotheringham- Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fernandez Blanco. Suipacha 1422, downtown. 4327- 0228.

February

Activity picks up in February with important sports events including a Boca-River football match and the Davies Cup tennis tournament. Also in February is the Shakespeare festival, that brings literature and theatre to the city scene,  and live concerts by Andrew Bird, Jamiroquai and Fatboy Slim as well as the Ultra Buenos Aires 2013 electronic music festival.

Exhibits:

Traditional Argentine Figurative Art at the Museo Benito Quinquela Martín. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1843, La Boca. 4301-1080.

Tracey Emin/ Oscar Muñoz- MALBA. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 4808-6511

Contraluz- Juan Gatti- Sivory MuseumAv. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo. 4772-5628.

Margarita Paksa/ Massimo Listri/ Italian video art 2004-2012/ Lux Linder/Alejandro Somaschini/ Site Specific,Matías Ercole, Juan Malka and Kirsten Dosel-  MAMBA. Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo.  4342-3001.

March

March marks the beginning of the school year and also the end of the Summer and the beach season. The Colón Theatre will be showcasing the ballet Neoclassic Trilogy III and their first concerts of the year.  The outdoor contemporary dance festival Ciudanza will also be taking place. International live acts in March include Elton John, Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson and The Killers.  More events will continue to be announced closer to date.

Exhibits:

Traditional Argentine Figurative Art at the Museo Benito Quinquela Martín. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1843, La Boca. 4301-1080.

Contraluz- Juan Gatti- Sivory MuseumAv. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo. 4772-5628.

Margarita Paksa/ Massimo Listri/ Italian video art 2004-2012/ Lux Linder/Alejandro Somaschini/ Site Specific,Matías Ercole, Juan Malka and Kirsten Dosel-  MAMBA. Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo.  4342-3001.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by Patricia Turo)

If you’re in the Recoleta area, visiting the cemetery or the MALBA, stop by the Centro Cultural Recoleta where x200mas, an art exhibit of predictions for the next 200 years, is being showcased. Junin 1930, Recoleta. 4803-1040

In the evening head downtown to the Centro Cultural Borges for a tango show starting at 8pm. Tickets 70 pesos. Viamonte 525, Downtown. 5555 5358

 

Tuesday

(Photo by robert ostmann)

Anyone who has been on the graffitimundo, or Juanele AR tours has had the chance to see that the local urban art is booming. Don’t miss the last days of Palermo art gallery Hollywood in Cambodia’s special sale of some of the best local stencils, graffitis, and illustrations by some of the most active urban artists of the Buenos Aires scene. Bellow the gallery is the Post Street Bar, which is decorated with graffiti and stencils and is a good place for a quick beer. Gallery opens from 5pm-9pm. Sale from 8pm-9pm. Thames 1885 1st floor. hollywoodincambiodia@gmail.com.

For a great meal in the area, just four blocks away try Las Pizarras. Thames 2296, Palermo. 4775-0625

 

Wednesday

(Photo by Diego3336)

Take a free tour of Buenos Aires with Jonathan, an Englishman in love with the city. Tours start every day at 11am at the center of Plaza Italia by the Garibaldi Horse monument and cover the areas of Almagro, Congress and the Plaza de Mayo using local transport to get around. More information here.

Later on head to Doppelganger Bar in San Telmo for some of the city’s best drinks and atmosphere. Juan de Garay 500, San Telmo. 4300 0201

 

Thursday

(Photo by derekGavey)

Head to the Carlos Gardel Museum to see the special exhibit on Tita Merello, a famous Argentine actress and singer. Jean Jaures 735, Abasto. 4964-2015

Book your place for the 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.

Friday

(Photo by Lu Monte)

Every Friday the historical San Francisco Basilica in the Monserrat neighborhood hosts an arts fair where paintings, sculptures and photography can be bought. Adolfo Alsina 380, Monserrat.

In the evening head to Centro Cultural Konex for the Plop party featuring theatrics, quirky entertainment and a lot of dancing! Sarmiento 3131, Almagro.  864-3200

 

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 worth stopping in for some tea with scones.