This Week: 27th of July to 2nd of August

Monday

fugazetta

(Photo by Wally Gobetz)

If you’re planning to visit the city center to see the Obelisco, stop by the Palacio de Aguas Corrientes (palace of running waters) on Cordoba Avenue and Riobamba. The stunning building is now Aguas Argentinas (the local water company headquarters) and is also a museum. Open from 9am-1pm. Riobamba 750 – 1° Piso.  6319-1104.

In the afternoon, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, you can stop by the Fierro Hotel garden and grab a couple of cocktails at the new UCO after office event! 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

You can also head to the Centro Cultural Konex where famous percussion group, La Bomba del Tiempo, will be carrying out their Monday show starting at 7pm. Sarmiento 3151, Almagro.

For some great post-dancing fugazzeta pizza, go to the nearby Los Cocos. Av Córdoba 3303, Almagro

Tuesday

rain

(Photo by Nicolas Alejandro)

The weather forecast anticipates some stormy weather for Tuesday so make sure to check out our rainy day suggestions here and have an umbrella handy.

Also, it’s free pass day at the San Telmo centered MAMBA museum which is featuring a must-see showcase of renowned Argentine artist Leon Ferrari’s work.  Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo.

Later on, stop by the Centro Cultural Recoleta and catch one of the stunning Fuerza Bruta shows. Tickets here. 

Wednesday

martha

(Photo by Ministerio de Cultura de la Nación Argentina)

Head to the annual Tecnopolis Fair in the outskirts of the city featuring scientific, artistic and technology exhibits, as well as an ice-skating rink and an aquarium. J.B. de la Salle 4365, Villa Martelli.

In the evening, Martha Argerich will be playing with the West-Easter Divan orchestra under the direction of Daniel Barenboim at the Colón Theatre. Tickets here.

Thursday

la rural

(Photo by David Lima Cohen)

The Expo Rural is still taking place until Sunday featuring horse shows, folklore, farm animals and more. More information here.

In the evening, Martha Argerich will be playing with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Barenboim at the Colón Theatre. Tickets here.

Friday

Take one of FotoRuta’s Street Scape tours and learn some photography tips while discovering the city from a different angle. More information here.

From 6pm onwards, the MALBA will be screening Chaplin, Keaton, and Dreyer films, and to wrap up after midnight, Robert Weine’s famous The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Also, make sure to tour the museum before the screenings, and check out the new exhibit of Peruvian artist Teresa Burga. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

Saturday and Sunday

reserva

(Photo by Klaus Balzano)

Book your place at UCO´s unique weekend brunch, now revamped with an Irish version as well! 3220-6800Soler 5862, Palermo.

Head to the Ecological Reserve behind Puerto Madero and look for the stunning monument La Fuente de las Nereidas which depicts the birth of Venus, and was sculpted by Lola Mora, one of Argentina’s most renowned women artists.

You can also stop by the Palermo Rosedal where you can rent paddle boats to cruise the small lake alongside the ducks, and visit the Sivori Museum, which offers free tours in English and German on Saturdays at 3pm and 5pm! Av. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo.

Argentine Talents: León Ferrari

(Photo by we-make-money-not-art)

Leon Ferrari was one of the most prolific and controversial contemporary Argentine artists. His works, including collages and sculptures, questioned political and religious institutions, and the social hypocrisy surrounding them, and were often censored but also highly celebrated for their unique conceptual representation.  In 2004, his Buenos Aires exhibit at the Centro Cultural Recoleta was forced to close after the Catholic church voiced their opposition but was then allowed to reopen. Last year, the MALBA presented one of his last local exhibits that featured a collection of works combining braille and reinterpretations of biblical passages superimposed on images of erotic oriental art. It was, as usual, scandalous to some but did not reach the same level of controversy.

The artist also exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and was given many awards, including the 2007 Venice Biennial golden lion award and the Konex award for most important artist of the decade in Argentina.

Leon Ferrari passed away today, in Buenos Aires, at the age of 92.

Argentine Art: 1950’s to Present Day

After the first vanguards in the early 20th century, the art scene in Argentina flourished. There were, and are, many different trends and themes, groups, and art movements. Buenos Aires is filled with galleries and museums and the scene is thriving with abundant quality local production and a large local and international public/market for it. Due to the wide variety of styles and movements it is difficult to trace a specific line in Argentine contemporary art which is why we have selected just a few of the recent emblematic artists from the local scene.

The abstract international Madí movement was spurred by by Gyula Kosice and Carmelo Arden Quin. It suggested that art should be liberated so that creation and invention could take place without the restraints of format, style and preconceived notions of what art should be.

(Persistence of the Mobile Drop of Water, Gyula Kosice. Photo by mirsasha)

The Kinetic art movement was the successor to the Madí movement with renowned artist Julio Le Parc at its head.  This movement, which played with the ideas of motion and light, sought to engage the spectator with the piece making it truly dynamic.

(Continuel Movil. Julio Le Parc. Photo by Tecnópolis Argentina)

Antonio Seguí is a painter, sculptor and illustrator. His work over the years has been versatile and influences range from expressionism, to surrealism to hyperrealism. The works, which include sculptures, paintings, illustrations and more, often deal with social themes presented in a satirical angle.

(Antonio Seguí. Photo by blacques_jacques)

Marta Minujín is one of the most talked about Argentine artists. She is a conceptual/pop artist who has carried out many “Happenings” both in Buenos Aires and abroad since the 60’s. Her work, which includes sculptures, paintings and more, is centered on consumer culture and on the ephemeral.

(Colchones de Marta. Marta Minujín. Photo by Richard Bolivar)

Leon Ferrari’s controversial conceptual art questions western religion and power relationships in a provocative way. His works, which include collages, sculptures and the use of resignification, have earned him  international fame and reputation.

(León Ferrari. Photo by silvia_c77)

Read more about Argentine Art:

Argentine Pre Hispanic and Colonial Art

Nineteenth Century Argentine Art

Early 20th Century Argentine Art

Art Museums in Buenos Aires

Bye Bye American Pie at the MALBA

(Nan Goldin photography by anti.deity)

The MALBA museum of Latin American Art inaugurates today a much awaited exhibit on American Contemporary Art.

Named after Don McLean’s song  American Pie,  about the loss of  innocence of the 60`s generation, the exhibit explores the cultural transformation of the United States through the pieces of seven renowned American contemporary artists; Jean-Michel Basquiat, Larry Clark, Nan Goldin, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Cady Nolan and Paul Mc Carthy.

More than a hundred pieces including photographs, installations and paintings from public and private collections will be showcased, kicking off the museum’s 2012 exhibit calendar.

Parallel to Bye Bye American Pie, the museum will also be inaugurating Brailles y relecturas de la Biblia, an important exhibit on Leon Ferrari, an Argentine artist who, like his American counterparts, also explores themes relating to cultural and political dominance.

Both exhibits will be open to the public from the 30th of March to June-July.

Other collections being displayed at the MALBA include their  new acquisitions exhibit, and their permanent Latin American Art from 1945-1990 showcase. However, many of the most relevant pieces of the permanent collection will not be available to the public as they will be displayed in the Houston Museum of Fine Arts until October.

The MALBA also has a monthly program of historic, arthouse and independent films  that are screened from Thursday to Sunday. Find their program here.

Opening hours:

Thursday-Mondays midday-8pm.

Wednesdays- Midday-9pm.

Tuesdays closed.

Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415 , Recoleta

4808-6500

info@malba.org.ar