Fierro Loves Soho: Art Galleries

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The Soho art scene is vibrant, colorful and alive! Check out the following galleries on your next tour round the Palermo neighborhood and start thinking about Christmas gifts while you’re at it!

Hollywood in Cambodia: Set atop a Palermo bar this hip space specializes in street art and is run by street artists. The gallery produces monthly shows and hosts many art related activities. Thames 1885, 1st floor. Palermo.

Pabellon 4: Founded in 1996 by architects and visual artists this gallery is one of the oldest in the area and received backing from renowned architect Clorindo Testa. Uriarte 1332, Palermo.

Dacil: This contemporary art gallery opened in 2006 and has since been promoting local contemporary art both locally and internationally. Soria 5125, Palermo.

Galeria Mar Dulce: Offers small to medium sized paintings, drawings, engravings and photography. Uriarte 1490, Palermo.

Galeria Thames: This popular Palermo gallery showcases works by both local and international contemporary artists.  Thames 1776, Palermo.

Gachi Prieto Gallery: Seeking to promote local art abroad, this gallery focuses on contemporary Latin American art. Uriarte 1976, Palermo.

Argentine Talents: Nazareno Orlandi

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Born in Italy 1861 and later nationalized as an Argentine, Nazareno Orlandi was both a prolific painter and muralist.  He studied in Florence and was commissioned by the Argentine government to help remodel the government headquarters in Buenos Aires where he ended up making his home and most of his murals. Some of his best know work can be appreciated at a few of the city’s most emblematic architectural landmarks such as the Casa de la Cultura, the Atenéo Grand Splendid, Teatro La Comedia and Palacio Paz, all well worth visiting for their beauty. He also painted in the San Telmo church and in the San Salvador church on the corners of Tucuman and Callao. His work was not only limited to Buenos Aires as he also participated in the painting of murals in Córdoba and Santa Fé and exhibited internationally wining many awards.

5 Influential Argentine Women Artists

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Lola Mora was an innovative and prolific sculptor from Salta. She was the country’s first woman artist and she truly flourished in her field creating masterpieces such as the famous Nereids Fountain in Buenos Aires, which was criticized for its sensual nudes. This freethinking lady who was born in 1866 had a unique life. She got a scholarship to study art in Rome when she was twenty, she married when she was 40 with a man 20 years younger than her and she patented several inventions including a system for projecting films on vapor.

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Marta Minujín is probably the best known contemporary female Argentine artist. Controversial and quirky she made her mark in the 80’s with a series of photographs in which she paid Andy Warhol the equivalent of Argentina’s external debt in corn which according to her was Latin America’s gold.  She also carried out a Tower of Babel made of books in Plaza San Martín and recently celebrated her 70th birthday by marrying art at the MALBA.

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Josefina Robirosa is one of the country’s most famous painters and muralists. Her stunning work includes murals in different city buildings including Galerias Pacifico and in the Buenos Aires and Paris subways. Her life was more traditional, as she came from an aristocratic family, married young, and her painting began in her garage with her babies crawling around her. Her artwork has been exhibited both locally at the Museo de Bellas Artes and Museo de Arte Moderno and internationally in New York and Switzerland.

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Renata Schussheim is a multifaceted Argentine artist who is known for her work as a painter, sculptor, set designer and more. Her first exhibit was at the age of fifteen and since she has done wardrobe design for the Colón Theatre, Stage design for Charly García and more. Her undisputedly talented work is full of theatric dreamlike landscapes that feature women in outer space, animals, clowns, nuns and other creations.

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Margarita Paksa is a prolific contemporary local artist who earned her reputation in the sixties and has worked with mixed media and video art. Some of the subjects the artist deals with are subjectivity, perception, time and language in thought-provoking pieces that invite the audience to participate and interact. There is currently an excellent retrospective of her work being exhibited at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (MAMBA) in San Telmo.

Buenos Aires Street Art

 

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The Buenos Aires street art scene has become increasingly well known since its rapid boom that started with the 2001 economic crisis. The state of unrest led young artists to elaborate graffitis and murals to brighten the dampened spirit of the city which has since become a popular place for this kind of art , not only for local artists but also for internationally renowned names such as Blu (see Muto, Blu’s stunning wall painted animation here), and Vhils from Portugal, to name a few.

Some of our favorite local street artists include Jaz, Roma, Poeta, Cabaio, Malatesta, bs.as.stncl, Tester , and Triangulo Dorado, amongst many more.  In the later years these artists have become well known to the public and many have been commissioned to adorn the walls of businesses and homes. Additionally, there are now graffiti tours in the city (book yours with graffitimundo here) that have contributed to the expanded understanding and appreciation of this anarchic art form. It is also possible to purchase the artists’ work at the graffiti art gallery Hollywood in Cambodia which is located in Palermo.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Head to the Planetarium where you can join the outdoor Parks and Monuments Tour (starting at 10.30am) or the Parks and Museums Tour (starting at 2.30pm), both done on electric bicycles. The tours last 2 hours each, cost 70 pesos, and are carried out in Spanish, Portuguese and English. Please note that you must be at the Planetarium 30 minutes before the tour with an ID to certify that you are 18 or older. Planetario Galileo Galillei-Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldán, Palermo.

In the evening Japanese flute and drum artists, Kaoru Watanabe & Shinzui Daiko, will be playing a special concert at the Teatro del Globo downtown starting 9pm. Marcelo T. de Alvear 1155, Downtown. Tickets available at the Japanese Gardens in Palermo.

Tuesday

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Pablo Siquier is an Argentine artist known for his impressive murals and installations. Throughout March a special exhibit held at the Centro Cultural Recoleta will be displaying some of his more experimental work from the eighties and nineties. Junín 1930, Recoleta. 4803 1040. Open: Mon-Fri 2pm-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am-9pm.

Later on stop by Sugar and meet other fellow travelers at the Beerlingual Bilingual Trivia Night from 7pm-9pm. Costa Rica 4619¸ Palermo.

Brazilian bossa nova king Caetano Veloso and his son Moreno Veloso will be staging a show at the Gran Rex. Tickets here.

Wednesday

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Head to the intimate Xul Solar art museum where you will find 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. 4824-3302.Monday to Friday from midday- 8pm.Saturday from midday to 7pm. Laprida 1212, Palermo.

Also in Palermo is  Fueguia, a scent lab where you can sniff out nature, or aromatic blends reminiscent of writers such as Borges. Cabello 3791, 2 J, Palermo. 4806-5619.

Thursday

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The San Telmo Art Walk is offered by JuaneleAR from Tuesday to Friday at 3pm and guides you through 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; a great way to get to know the current Buenos Aires art scene whilst getting to know the charm of San Telmo neighborhood. 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.

Friday

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Don´t miss the new MALBA exhibit, Bye Bye American Pie, which showcases some of the most influential works in contemporary art by artists such as Basquiat and Nan Goldin amongst others. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 

In the evening, head to the Barrancas de Belgrano parks to see how dance interacts with urban landscapes at the Ciudanza festival, starting at 8pm.

Saturday and Sunday

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On Saturday don´t miss the Orchid exhibit at the Japanese Gardens in Palermo.

On Sunday, the TC2000,  will allow for the city to witness some unique car racing at the obelisco, downtown.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

Pablo Siquier is an Argentine artist known for his impressive murals and installations. Throughout March a special exhibit held at the Centro Cultural Recoleta will be displaying some of his more experimental work from the eighties and nineties. Junín 1930, Recoleta. 4803 1040. Open: Mon-Fri 2pm-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am-9pm.

Roger Waters, the British legend that was once part of Pink Floyd, will be playing at the River Plate Stadium!  Tickets here.

Tuesday

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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´ (the local water company) headquarters and also as a museum. Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-1pm. Riobamba 750 – 1° Piso. 6319-1104.

Later on, stop by Sugar and meet other fellow travelers at the Beerlingual Bilingual Trivia Night from 7pm-9pm. Costa Rica 4619¸ Palermo.

Wednesday

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Head to the stunning Colón theatre and tour one of the most celebrated opera houses in the world! Later on stay for La Pasión según San Marcos, an opera by Osvaldo Golijov.Cerrito 628, Downtown. 4378 7100

You can also stop by La Catedral in Almagro for a tango lesson for beginners starting at 9pm. Sarmiento 4006, doorbell 5, Almagro. 4342-4794.

Thursday

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Head to La Rural to the Presentes Otoño interior design fair which will be taking place from the 15th-18th of March. More information here.

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.

John Zorn and his freestyle avant-garde jazz group Masada will be playing at the Teatro Coliseo. Tickets here

Roger Waters, the British legend that was once part of Pink Floyd, will be playing at the River Plate Stadium!  Tickets here.

Friday

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Head to the Museo de Arte Español Enrique Larreta. This Spanish Art Museum decorated as a 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.

Later on head to the Isenbeck Beer Festival in Palermo where you can taste a variety of brews and listen to live bands.  Tribuna Plaza 4401, Palermo. Tickets Here.

Saturday and Sunday

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St Patrick’s day celebrations will be happening all around town, especially at the local pubs. For a traditional special St. Paddy´s day party head to The Casabar in Recoleta. 1150 Rodriguez Pena, Recoleta.

Renowned guitarist Scott Henderson will be playing at the ND/Ateneo on Saturday as part of his Well to the Bone Tour 2012. Tickets available here.

Another famous guitarist will also be staging a live show on Saturday. Luis Salinas will be playing at La Trastienda at 11.30pm. Tickets here.

Roger Waters, the British legend that was once part of Pink Floyd, will be playing at the River Plate Stadium on Saturday and Sunday!  Tickets here.