Tours of Buenos Aires – Art Nouveau

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One of the stunning attractions of Buenos Aires is its beautiful architecture. The city walls, staircases and windows are full of stories each told in their own architectural style.

One of the aesthetic tendencies that marked the city was art nouveau and there are a chock full of buildings that embody this trend. The Art Nouveau Association of Buenos Aires has just launched a map identifying 50 emblematic art nouveau landmarks in the city and they also offer five different tours, each covering a different neighborhood (San Telmo, Balvanera, Recoleta, Downtown and Congreso). In their tours, they not only describe the art nouveau movement, and point out the relevant landmarks, but also tell the stories behind them with the aim of building an idea of how the local cultural identity was constructed.

Tours must be booked in advance with Cecilia Alzano at 15-5376 1305 or at ceciliasalzano@hotmail.com. A full list of art nouveau buildings in BA is listed here.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Today is the last chance to check out some of the great music being performed as part of the Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival! Find the full program here.

One Table, the city’s top Monday event, is the best place to start the week with glorious foods, great wines and a chance to share with lovely people. Book your place at 3220-6820.

Tuesday

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Head to La Boca and stop by Fundación PROA to check out the stunning Ron Mueck exhibit! The exhibit is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 7pm. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

While in the area, you can also stop by the Usina del Arte where an exhibition of Catalan artist Joan Miró is being held until the 20th of December. Agustín Caffarena and Av. Pedro de Mendoza, La Boca.

Wednesday

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Drizzly grey means indoor sightseeing. Stopping by to see the stunning murals by Nazareno Orlandi at the Casa de la Cultura and the Ateneo Grand Splendid (also a great place for coffee and books) is an excellent rainy day plan.

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

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One of the city’s architectural landmarks is the famous Palacio Barolo, full of references to poet Dante Alighieri. Guided tours take place from 4pm to 7pm and evening guided tours at 8.30pm include tasting of an awarded wine and a national delicacy. Av. de Mayo 1370, downtown.

Friday

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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 monument and cover the areas of Almagro, Congress and Plaza de Mayo using local transport to get around. More information here.

Later on, stop for hotdogs and a drink at the posh Verne Cocktail Club owned by Fede Cuco, our celebrated happy hour bartender. Medrano 1475, Palermo.

Saturday and Sunday

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, the Colón Theatre inaugurates their last opera of the season featuring a production of Masked Ball (Un Ballo in Maschera) by Giuseppe Verdi. Tickets here.

Buenos Aires Monuments: Monumento a Las Nereidas

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The Monumento a Las Nereidas (Nereids Fountain) is a gorgeous white marble sculpture by Lola Mora, one of the first and most prolific Argentine women artists. The monument is located in Puerto Madero at the Ecological Reserve and represents the Nereids giving birth to Venus.

The fountain, which was created in Rome and inaugurated in 1903 in Buenos Aires, was controversial due to the nude female figures and so, although it had been created for Plaza de Mayo, it ended up being placed at the Plaza Colón, where not a single woman showed up to the inauguration. It wasn’t only the sculpture conservative society was distraught about, Lola Mora herself was also considered scandalous, both for being an artist and for wearing pants on the sculpture’s site! In fact, many doubted her artistic capacity and questioned whether the sculpture was truly hers. The monument caused such a commotion that in 1918 it was moved once again this time to an even more distant location on Costanera Sur, where it remains today.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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If you´re planning to visit the city center to see the Obelisco, or to take a tour of the Colón Theatre, head to the Palacio de Aguas Corrientes (palace of running waters) on Cordoba Avenue and Riobamba first.  Originally built as a disguise for a water tower meant to provide clean drinking water to the people after the 1877 outbreak of yellow fever, the stunning palace now works as Aguas Argentinas’s headquarters (the local water company) and also as a museum. Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-1pm. Riobamba 750 – 1° Piso. 6319-1104.

In the evening, French singer and songwriter Laetita Sadier will be staging a live show at Boris Club de JazzGorriti 5568, Palermo. 4777-0012.

 

Tuesday

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Don’t miss the latest Argentine fashion at the BAF Week which kicks off on Tuesday. For this Autumn- Winter season fashion designers and illustrators paired up to show inspiring ways of keeping warm and staying pretty.

Later on, stop by the trendy Palermo Club Niceto for Andrew Bird’s live show. The renowned multi-instrumentalist indie artist will be playing starting  9pm.  Tickets here.

Wednesday

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Stop by the Juan Gatti exhibit in the Sivory museum behind the Palermo Rosedal and then head to the Planetarium where an audiovisual exhibit by the same artist is being screened.

In the evening, the hip Palermo Shanghai Dragon hosts happy hour and a weekly beerlingual bilingual pub quizAráoz 1199, Palermo

Thursday

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Weather forecasts anticipate sunny days and perfect temperatures, 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 the stunning Colón Theatre where Sleeping Beauty is being projected in 3D from Tuesday’s to Saturday’s at 8pm.  Cerrito 628, Downtown.

Friday

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Book your place for a special lunch with the Argentine Experience who will give you the 411 on everything local and feed you great Argie meat and more! They also organize mate and dulce de leche tastings. More information here.

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

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.

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

Elton John will be playing at Estadio Velez Sarsfield on Saturday. Get your tickets here.

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

5 Emblematic City Landmarks

Obelisco: This Buenos Aires icon at the center of the emblematic 9 de Julio avenue in the heart of the city is a well-known city landmark. It has been standing since 1936 and was built to celebrate the foundation of the city.  The obelisk has since functioned as a meeting point to celebrate world-cup football wins, and to stage shows such as Julio Bocca’s last dance and a Placido Domingo live concert, amongst others. It is also often decorated to commemorate many occasions, such as the Bicentennial or the memorable 2005 world Aids day – in which it was covered by a giant condom!

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Torre Monumental: The Palladian-style tower in front of Retiro train station was a gift to the city from the British to commemorate the centennial of the May Revolution. Initially, its name was Torre de los Ingleses, but the name was changed after the Falklands/Malvinas war.  Still, it stands as one of the city’s signature monuments, displaying the Irish shamrock, the Welsh dragon, the Scottish thistle and the English rose.

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Monumento de los Españoles: This stunning monument on Sarmiento and Libertador avenues in Palermo was donated in 1910 by the local Spanish community to commemorate the May revolution, although due to many complications in its construction it wasn’t inaugurated until 1927. The bronze and marble monument, which is also called “La Magna Carta y las Cuatro Regiones Argentinas,” consists of a  representation of the Pampas, the Andes, Chaco and Rio de La Plata regions on its base, and at the top of the monument, a statue of the Republic.

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Puente de la Mujer: This beautiful modern bridge in Puerto Madero was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and was inspired by tango dancers. Its unique  and elegant design, which includes a complex rotational system to allow boats through, has made it famous worldwide.

(Photo by Christian Haugen)

Floralis Generica: Argentine architect Eduardo Catalano is responsible for the impressive steel and aluminum flower the heart of Recoleta. The sculpture, which closes its metal petals at night and reopens with the sunlight, is symbolic for rebirth and hope.

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This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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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.

In the evening the talented flamenco dancer, Rafaela Carrasco, will be putting on a show at  Parque Centenario at 8pm.

 

Palacio Barolo

Av de Mayo 1370 9° P. Esc. 249/52

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

info@palaciobarolotours.com.ar

barolotours@gmail.com

 

Parque Centenario

Avenida Díaz Vélez 5463

4982 4252

 

Tuesday

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An exhibition on the storefront windows of the historic La Estrella pharmacy is being displayed at the Museo de la Ciudad.

In the evening head to traditional cafe Los 36 Billares for a live tango show with dancing staring at 9pm.

 

Museo de la Ciudad

Defensa 223, San Telmo

4331-9855

Open: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm

 

Los 36 Billares

Av. De Mayo 1265, Downtown

4381-5696

 

Wednesday

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A special exhibit of clothing and accessories related to weddings and family from 1870-1915  is being showcased at the Museo de Arte Hispano Americano Isaac Fernandez Blanco.

In the evening head to 878 bar in Palermo where renowned cocktail artist Tato Giovannoni will be preparing drinks thought the week.

 

Museo de Arte Hispano Americano

Suipacha 1422, Downtown

4327- 0228

 

878

Thames 878, Palermo

4773-1098

 

Thursday

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Explore the Tres de Febrero parks in Palermo. Between Av. Libertador and Lugones, and extending from Av. Casares in Palermo to La Pampa in Belgrano, this group of parks is composed of 25ha made up of 15 public parks and 21 private sport clubs and includes the “Rosedal”, an extensive rose garden, the Sivory Museum, the planetarium and the Japanese gardens.

Later on 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.

 

Fierro Hotel Buenos Aires

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220-6800

 

Friday

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Experiment with your senses at the Centro Cultural Konex where the temporary exhibit “Dialogo en la Oscuridad” will guide you through a series of recreated situations, such as shopping or traveling in a boat,  in total darkness. The exhibit is held from 3pm-5.30pm

Afterwards stop for 5 o’clock tea at the stunning Las Violetas teahouse, which is just a few blocks away.

Also in the area is La Catedral where you can take an informal tango lesson at 7.30pm or at 9pm.

 

Centro Cultural Konex

Sarmiento 3131, Abasto.

4864-3200

 

Las Violetas

Av. Rivadavia 3899, Abasto.

4958-7387

 

La Catedral

Sarmiento 4006, doorbell 5, Almagro

Telephone: 4342-4794

 

Saturday and Sunday

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Check out one of the documentaries at DocBsAs, the annual documentary festival.  Program available here.

Sunday won’t offer much in terms of activities as it is Election Day, so it is a good chance to walk around the city to see architectural landmarks such as the Puente de la Mujer and the Cavannagh building. Restaurants will be open although alcohol will not be served on Saturday evening or Sunday.

 

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Head to La Rural in Palermo to check out Expotrastiendas Art Fair, organized by the Argentine association of art galleries.

In the evening don’t miss out on La Bomba del Tiempo a percussion orchestra that has become one of the local absolute musts.  For some great post dancing pizza, head to nearby Los Cocos and order a fugazetta pizza, an onion and mozzarella local specialty.

 

Expotrastiendas at La Rural

Av. Santa Fe 4201, Palermo

 

La Bomba del Tiempo at Centro Cultural Konex

Sarmiento 3131, Abasto

4864-3200

 

Los Cocos

Córdoba, Av. 3303, Almagro

4963-0457

 

Tuesday

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Take a guided tour in English at 11am or 4pm of the spectacular Congress Palace.

In the evening the centric and hip Le Bar is serving some of the best drinks in town, and also showcasing a interesting photography exhibit by Pix Talarico.

 

Palacio de Congreso

Hipólito Yrigoyen 1849, Downtown

Tours available Mon, Tue, Thus, Fri at 11am and 4pm.

 

Le Bar

Tucuman 422, Downtown

5219-0858

 

Wednesday

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ANDA Responsible Travel is a tour agency that promotes social and environmentally friendly tourism.  One of the alternatives they offer is booking one of their experts to discuss in-depth economy, politics, history and culture of Argentina over coffee.  Choose one of the city’s historical cafes and get into context.  More information here.

In the evening get your dose of tango at Centro Cultural Torquato Tasso where orchestra Ojos de Tango will be playing at 21.30.

 

Centro Cultural Torquato Tasso

Defensa 1575, San Telmo

4307 6506

 

Thursday

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For those of you interested in economics and Argentine economic history, head to the Museum of External Debt where you can find out more about the economic evolution of the country. Audio guides in English are offered.

Later on 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.

Jazz fans will get a special treat on Thursday evening as the John Scofield Quartet will be playing at the Gran Rex Theatre starting 9.30pm. Tickets available here.

 

Museum of External Debt

José E. Uriburu 781, 1st floor, Downtown.

4374-4448

Open: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm

 

Fierro Hotel Buenos Aires

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220-6800

 

Teatro Gran Rex

Corrientes 857, Downtown.

4322-8000

 

Friday

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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!

In the evening head to aphrodisiac restaurant Te Mataré Ramirez where a free temporary exhibit of contemporary art is being displayed from 8.30pm onwards. Staying for a rather expensive dinner with an erotic puppet show is also an option.

 

Ecological Reserve

Av. Tristán Achával Rodriguez 1550

4315-4129

Open: Tue-Sun 8am-6pm

Saturday and Sunday

 

Te Mataré Ramirez

Gorriti 5054, Palermo

4831-9156

 

Saturday and Sunday

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Head to the off the beaten path Caballito neighborhood where you can visit the natural sciences museum, a large market (Mercado del Progreso) and take a ride on antique trams.

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.

Tonight All Night-La Noche en Vela

Those of us lucky enough to be in Buenos Aires this weekend will be able to enjoy an atipical Saturday all nighter insipired by the french ¨Nuit Blanche.¨ Free activities ranging from 3D mapping proyections, to live music, outdoor theatre, contemporary dance, acrobats, angels, fireworks and book readings will be held in the landmarks of Buenos Aires throught the whole night from 7pm to 7am in the morning. Highlights to check out include a 3D mapping in the recoleta cementary, theatre in Palacio Barolo and the Botanical Gardens, the Moscu Symphonic Orchestra at the Obelisco, amongst many others that you can check out here. Aditionally, tour buses will be working all night and special promotions will be offered by restaurants, cafes and bars which will extend their opening hours!

This week in Buenos Aires:

Overnight, the weather changed announcing the arrival of autumn, and with it comes not only cooler weather and browning leaves but also some great  theatre premiers, music and film festivals. This week hosts The Autumn Music Festival which brings togeather both modern and folkloric music from different regions of the world. (more information at http://www.festivaldeotonobue.com/) On Thursday the liveliest night of the week gets a boost from the St Patricks day celebrations!

Monday

A little bit of history is a great way to begin the week and a visit to the “Casa Rosada” and to the Presidential Museum is the perfect starting point. In the evening from 8pm onwards you can go to nearby traditional Bar Sur where you can sit and watch live tango.

Casa Rosada and Presidential Museum
Yrigoyen 219, Buenos Aires
4344-3802

Bar Sur
Estados Unidos 299, Buenos Aires
+54 (11) 43626086
http://www.bar-sur.com.ar/

*The friday nocturnal tour of the ecological reserve must be booked no later than today- see Friday for more details.

Tuesday

La Boca is a famous ‘barrio’ known for its brightly painted houses and its conventillos, where mostly Italian immigrants settled. After walking through ‘caminito’,  visit the Quinquela Martin art museum where a collection of this local artists depictions of La Boca is displayed.  For a great lunch in the area, go to El Obrero, a very old traditional Argentine-Italian restaurant.
In the evening head to the Autumn Music Festival at La Trastienda to listen to French singer Berry’s music.

Museo Quinquela Martin
Pedro de Mendoza, Av. 1835- Buenos Aires
4301 1080
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10am to 6pm

El obrero
Agustín R. Caffarena 64 – Buenos Aires
Tel: 4362-9912
No credit cards
http://www.bodegonelobrero.com.ar/

La Trastienda
Balcarce 460, San Telmo
4345-0411
www.latrastienda.com

Wednesday

La Manzana de las Luces is a block of historical buildings which 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.

Later on head to The New Brighton, a restored traditional british style restaurant that still keeps two magnificent wood carvings that the prince of Wales gave to the original Brighton in 1935.

In the evening the Rio Café, a classy resto-bar offers great music and drinks from 9pm onwards.

Manzana de las Luces
Perú 272, San Telmo

The New Brighton
Sarmiento 645, Buenos Aires
4322-1515
http://www.thenewbrightonsrl.com.ar

Rio Café
Honduras 4772-Palermo
4832-2318
http://riocafe.com.ar/

Thursday

For an off the beaten path experience of the local art scene Juanele offers the San Telmo Art Walk. The walk covers street and graffiti art and the major galleries in the San Telmo area. Walks start at 3pm at the Centro Cultural de España (CCEBA).

Later on in the night head to one of the pubs in town for some sure fun. Buda Bar in Palermo is also hosting a St Patricks day party which promises leprechauns, lucky charms and great music.

San Telmo Art Walk
CCEBA: Balcarce 1150, San Telmo Tuesdays and Thursdays
http://juanelear.com/tours/

Buda Bar
Costa Rica 4659, Palermo SOHO
4833-3200
http://budapalermo.com.ar/

Friday

Start the day late by having an upscale lunch at Chila in Puerto Madero. Whilst in the area check out Buque Museo Fragata, a frigate commissioned by the navy in 1898 to be used as a training vessel.

Later on in the evening take the guided nocturnal tour of the ecologic reserve which occurs once a month, on full moons. To take the tour you must book your place on Monday the 14th of March.

Chila
Alicia Moreau de Justo 1160- Puerto Madero
4343-6067
www.chilaweb.com.ar

Buque Museo Fragata Sarmiento
Next to “Puente de la Mujer”
Phone: 11/4334-9386

Reserva Ecológica
Av. Tristán Achával Rodríguez 1550 Costanera Sur
Teléfonos: 4893-1640/1580
http://www.buenosaires.gov.ar/areas/med_ambiente/reserva

Saturday

A great day to visit the Recoleta Cementary and the artisans fair in Plaza Francia.

In the evening, jazz bar/restaurant/record store, Notorious, hosts a jazz jam session from 11.30pm onwards.

Recoleta Cementary
Junín 1760 – CABA 
Open from 07,00 to 17,45.

Notorius
Av. Callao 966, Buenos Aires
4813-6888
www.notorius.com.ar

Sunday

Sunday afternoon is a great opportunity go to a horse race in the Palermo Hipodromo. Race timetables are confirmed on Wednesdays.

Hipodromo de Palermo
Avenida Del Libertador 4101
4778 2800
www.palermo.com.ar