Beauty and the Beast at MAMBA

(Photo by  Bienal Artes Mediales CL)

The Chilean duo, Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña, have traveled all the way to BA to take over one of the MAMBA’s spaces and make sure that it is clear the cinema is indeed the 7th art. Animation, sculpture, literature and film come together in the works of León and Cociña and for this experience, the two artists will be filming a part of their film La Casa Lobo in one of the museum’s spaces and using it as a transformative set in which different artistic disciplines intermingle. The process will be on display for the public and there will also be screenings of three of the filmmakers’ short films in which the ideas of beauty and bestiality merge.

The exhibition is being held until the 6th of April and the museum opens from Tuesday to Friday from 11am to 7pm and on weekends from 11am to 8pm. Tickets are 10 pesos. Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo.

Buenos Aires Art Museums

(photo by majisabel)

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA): Set in the heart of Recoleta, the National Fine Arts Museum has 10,000 art pieces by renown national and international artists such as Quinquela Martín, Pettorutti, Prilidiano Pueyrredón, Antonio Berni, Goya, Picasso, Rembrandt, Rubens, Renoir, Degas, Chagall and Modigliani amongst many others.  Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta. 5288-9900 .

Museum opening hours
Tuesday to Friday: 12.30 – 8.30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 9.30 a.m. – 8.30 p.m.
Monday closed

Museo de Arte Latino Americano de Buenos Aires (MALBA): The MALBA is set in a modern building and showcases an impressive collection of Latin-American art from the twentieth century. The museum, which has become one of the most popular cultural centers in the city, offers a unique collection of sculptures, drawings, paintings, collage, photographs and objects by artists from Central and South America. The museum also hosts film screenings and interesting exhibitions and conferences and has a highly recommendable restaurant.  Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 4808-6500.

Museum opening hours
From Thursday to Monday: 12.00 am to 8.00 pm
Wednesdays: 12.00- 9.00 pm

Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (MAMBA):  Lovers of modern art are now welcome to visit the recently re-inaugurated MAMBA. The museum, located in the neighborhood of San Telmo, is made up of two exhibition halls with two different collections. “Narrativas Inciertas” is an assembly of pieces by contemporary and up-and-coming local artists. Whilst “El imaginario de Ignacio Pirovano” displays a donated collection which includes both local and international modern art. Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo. 4342-3001/2970.

Museum opening hours
Monday to Friday from 12.00am to 7.00pm

Saturdays and Sundays from 11.00am to 8.00pm.

Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo (MNAD): The Decorative Art Museum is a palace from the beginning of the 20th century. Designed by French architect René Sergent in 1911 and built with European materials it is a great example of French architecture in Buenos Aires. Its marvelous collection of European and Oriental paintings and sculptures, the great hall and the impressive staircase make this place well worth a visit.  Av.del Libertador 1902, Recoleta.  4801-8248

Museum opening hours:
Tuesdays to Sundays from 2.00pm to 7.00pm
Mondays closed

Guided tours in English are available every day at 2pm

Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fernandez Blanco: Set in the neo-colonial Palacio Noel, the focus of this museum is Hispanic-American art. An impressive display of antique and religious objects, furniture, silver, and paintings dating back to the 1700´s depict a key historic moment where two very different cultures collided to define what South America is today. The museum also hosts concerts, special exhibits and other cultural events. Suipacha 1422, Downtown. 4327.0272.

Museum opening hours:

Tuesday to Friday from 2pm-6pm

Saturday and Sunday from 12am-6pm.

English tours must be booked in advance.

Museo de Arte Español Enrique Larreta: This Spanish Art Museum, decorated as a Spanish renaissance palace and surrounded by a unique Spanish Muslim garden, was the home of author Enrique Larreta. His extensive collection of sculptures, paintings and furniture mostly from the Renaissance and Baroque periods can be appreciated in this ornamented historical landmark. Juramento 2291, Belgrano, 4784-4040.

Museum Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday  from 1pm-7pm

Saturday from 10am-8pm

Museo de Arte Popular Jose Hernández: Popular art and local artisans work are displayed in this museums, where you will find ceramics, baskets, knits, instruments and other handmade traditional objects made from local materials. Av. Libertador 2373, Recoleta. 4803-2384

Museum opening hours:

Wednesday to Friday from 1pm-7pm,

Saturday and Sunday from 10am-8pm

Museo de Esculturas Luis Perlotti: Luis Perlotti was a distinguished Argentine sculptor who dealt with native themes and indigenous imagery, as well as producing sculptures and monuments of local characters of the artistic and political scene.  In 1969 he donated his house and workshop in Caballito for its use as a museum. The museum showcases an ample selection of his works as well as displaying sculptures by other renowned Argentine artists. Additionally the museum showcases the late sculptors collections of native textiles and archeological objects acquired on his journeys through Argentina, Bolivia and Peru. Pujol 644, Caballito. 4433-3396.

Museum opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday from 11am-7pm

Museo de Artes Plasticas Eduardo Sivory: Ideally located next to the Palermo rose gardens this intimate museum showcases a collection of Argentine art from the twentieth century. Temporary exhibits are also held in this museum which aspires to promote the local artists and industry. Av. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo. 4774-9452

Museum opening hours:

Tuesday to Friday from midday-8pm

Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-8pm

Museo de Bellas Artes Benito Quinquela Martín: An impressive collection of Argentine art can be appreciated in this museum set in the heart of La Boca, where its famous resident artist Quinquela Martín donated much of his work in support of the local art industry, and of the education of children through art. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1835, La Boca. 4301-1080.

Museum opening hours:

Tuesday to Sunday from 10.30am-5.30pm

Museo de Xul Solar: This lovely intimate art museum exhibits artists Xul Solar´s  colorful metaphysical dreamlike paintings, and also some of his nutty but brilliant inventions, such as a new global language, and the Panjuego, a game which he made up and played with many of his friends including Borges whose books he sometimes illustrated. Laprida 1212, Palermo. 4824-3302.

Museum opening hours:

Monday to Friday from midday- 8pm.

Saturday from midday to 7pm.

This Week in Buenos Aires


(Photo by Sheep”R”us)

Lovers of modern art should definitely include a visit to the MAMBA (Museum of Modern Art) in San Telmo. The museum, which reopened in December of 2010, exhibits one of the most important art collections in Argentina today.

In the evening  head to Gran Bar Danzon for their wine happy hour from 7pm-9pm.



Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo


Open: Mon-Fri 12-7pm, Sat-Sun 11am-8pm


Gran Bar Danzon

Libertad 1161, Downtown




(Photo by malojavio. El Saucejo)

Visit a hatter for a unique fitting, have a traditional barber shop haircut and shave and finish up with a Cuban cigar and a whisky on Landing Pad BA’s original Gentleman Tour.

Meanwhile, the ladies can explore the Palermo area , which is full of small cafes, great and unexpected stores by independent designers, and contemporary art galleries. More on shopping in BA here.

In the evening don’t miss the experimental composer and pianist, Philip Glass, who graces the Coliseum Theatre’s stage at 9pm. Tickets here.


Coliseum Theatre

Marcelo T. de Alvear 1125, downtown

4816 3789



(Photo by Filo.mena)

Take a Fileteado Porteño Tour and discover the typical style of painting associated with Buenos Aires. The tour starts at 1.30pm in the Abasto area and moves to San Telmo either by bikes or public transport. It includes a snack in San Telmo and gives you the chance to try out the technique yourself! More information here.

In the evening starting 9pm, the Recoleta Cultural Center is staging Hombre Vertiente, an experimental performance including acrobatics, special lighting and interaction with the public, directed by Pichón Baldinu, one of the De La Guarda founders.


Centro Cultural Recoleta

Junin 1930, Recoleta




(Photo by quacktaculous)

Head to the Museo de Arte Español Enrique Larrtea for an interesting peek at indigenous art being exhibited temporarily until the 11th of October.

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.

Marianne Faithfull and guitarist Marc Ribot will be presenting a special acoustic show at the Coliseum Theatre as part of the Horses and High Heels Tour. Tickets here. 


Museo de Arte Español Enrique Larreta

Juramento 2291, Belgrano


Open: Mon-Fri 1pm-7pm and Sat 10am-8pm


Fierro Hotel Buenos Aires

Soler 5862, Palermo



Coliseum Theatre

Marcelo T. de Alvear 1125, downtown

4816 3789



(photo by longhorndave)

Take a day trip to the local bakery, butcher shop and market where Teresita will show you all the traditional foods and ingredients. Afterwards go back to her home and learnt to make empanadas before having a delicious gourmet 4-course meal with wine pairings! More on Teresita’s culinary tour here.

In the evening don’t miss the chance to see Wagner’s opera Lohengrin at the stunning Colón Theatre.


Teatro Colón

Cerrito 628, Downtown

4378 7100


Saturday & Sunday

(Photo by Zofie)

FIBA VIII Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires:  24th September- 8th of October . The international theatre festival brings the best-staged performances from around the globe. Program and tickets here.

Shishu (Japanese embroidery) exhibit at the Japanese Gardens in Palermo. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Caseres.

Off the beaten path: Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (MAMBA)


Lovers of modern art are now welcome to visit the recently re-inaugurated MAMBA.  The museum closed in 2005 in order to undergo renovations which would allow for art pieces to be held under international criteria for exhibition and preservation.  On the 23rd of December of 2010 its doors reopened for the public to experience one of the most important art collections in Argentina today.

The museum, located in the neighborhood of San Telmo, is made up of two exhibition halls with two different collections. “Narrativas Inciertas” is an assembly of pieces by contemporary and up-and-coming local artists. Whilst “El imaginario de Ignacio Pirovano” displays a donated collection which includes both local and international art.  Some of the local artists exhibited include G. Stern, A. M. Heinrich, H. Cóppola, M. Minujin, S. Makarius, E. Giménez, C. Gorriarena, L. Katz, G. Messil, D. Puzzovio, D. Lamelas, C. Squirru, R. Azaro, E. Renart, J. Davidovich, C. Alonso, P. Suárez, N. García Uriburu y L. Ferrari. International artists exhibited include H. Matisse, A. Derain, P. Picasso, S. Dalí, J. Miró, W. Kandinsky, S. Delaunay, P. Mondrian, J. Beuys, M. O´Connor, C. Close, A. Miralda and A. Muntadas.

Av. San Juan 350 (C1143AAO)

Museum hours

Monday through Friday from 12 to 19 hs.
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 11 to 20 hs.

Entrance fee

AR$1. Free Tuesdays.