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.

Off the Beaten Path: La Botica del Ángel

(Photo by :Antonio)

Eduardo Bergara Leumann was a prolific actor, artist, couturier and art director who in the 1960s created a unique cultural space called La Botica del Ángel (the angel’s pharmacy) where many local artists kicked off their career. The improvised theater show involved different participants each night, and, upon arrival, spectators were given some wine with something to snack on and a washbowl, setting off an absurd and entertaining evening. The cultural event first took place downtown but then moved to an abandoned temple in Montserrat that Leumann redecorated. Today it stands as a museum with over 33 decorated spaces and features artwork by some of the most prolific local artists including Soldi, Berni, Noé, Minujin, Roux, Castagnino, Gorriarena, Robirosa, Borla, Benitez, Pla, and Lozza, manuscripts by authors like Borges and Sábato, and homages to tango and folklore musicians.

The Botica is managed by the Universidad del Sálvador and can be visited from Tuesday to Friday from 4pm to 6pm. On Thursday and Friday nights there are also live music shows and cultural events starting at 9pm. Additionally, the Centro Cultural Recoleta is hosting a photography exhibit of the Botica years.  Luis Saenz Peña 541, Montserrat.

History and Art and MNBA

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The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA) in Recoleta, recently inaugurated an exhibition of Argentine artist Ariel Mlynarzewicz works. The showcase features different portraits of local historical figures that the artist painted for the bicentennial of the May independence wars. The exhibition also features a series of documentaries that show the artistic process and also, interviews that the artist carried out with historians and other renowned figures of the local culture to better understand the subjects of his works. The paintings will be on display until the 22nd of September. The museum is also showcasing an excellent exhibition of Argentine artist Pío Collivadino’s works.  Av. del Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

Ouka Leele at Museo de Arte Español Enrique Larreta

Bárbara Allende Gil de Biedma, better known as Ouka Leele, is a Spanish photographer who was actively involved in La Movida Madrleña, a countercultural movement that emerged in Madrid after Franco’s death and made freedom its core value.  Her pseudonym is inspired by a painting of a constellation of stars by El Hortelano, another important figure in the Madrid art movement.

Ouka Leele, who understands photography to be a form of visual poetry, combines photography and engraving techniques and fills her images with vibrant colors.

Throughout April The Museo de Arte Español Enrique Larreta will be showcasing a special exhibit featuring some of the artist’s best work.

The museum, decorated as a stunning Spanish renaissance palace, also features author Enrique Larreta’s extensive collection of sculptures, paintings and furniture, mostly from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Juramento 2291, Belgrano, 4784-4040.

Museum Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday from 1pm-7pm

Saturday from 10am-8pm

Into the Past at Casa del Historiador

(Photo by Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires)

La Casa del Historiador in San Telmo, known to many as casa del Virrey Liniers, is one of the city’s historical landmarks and dates back to the XVIII century. The house belonged to one of the country´s viceroys,  Santiago de Liniers, who played a key role in the reconquering of Buenos Aires after the British invasions.  It is the only remaining colonial house in the city, preserved for years as such by the Estrada publishing house.  Today, this emblem of the local history belongs to the city government and functions as a museum in which the Buenos Aires colonial period is depicted.

(Photo courtesy of La Perichona)

One of the highlights of this historical landmark is La Perichona Despensa de Comidas, a charming deli inside the house named after the Viceroy’s lover (who has a colorful story of her own). The XVIII century Andalusian patio with outdoor seating is the perfect spot to stop for a bite on a sunny day.

Venezuela 469, San Telmo. 4974-0265.  info@laperichona.com

Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat Art Collection

(Photo by Johnny Shaw)

Located in Puerto Madero, the Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat Art Collection opened to the public in 2008 and showcases one of the most important private collections of the country. Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat was the richest woman in Argentina and was both known for her influence as an executive in the nineties and her interest in art that led her to be president of the National Fine Arts Fund from 1992 to 2003.

Fortabat’s private collection includes works by prominent local artists such as Xul Solar, Berni, Soldi and Petorutti as well as an interesting display of international art including a stunning Turner, a portrait of Amalita herself by Andy Warhol and paintings by Chagall, Dalí, Witjens and more.

Currently the arts center is also showcasing a temporary exhibit of photographs by Aldo Sessa who has captured different corners of the city through his unique lens.

The arts center is open to the public from Tuesdays to Sundays from midday to 8pm in a beautifully located building overlooking Puerto Madero with great views of the docks.  Guided tours in English can be booked in advance at  +54 (11) 4310-6600 or at visitas@coleccionfortabat.org.ar. Tickets are 35 pesos. Olga Cossettini 141, Puerto Madero. 

Juan Gatti Exhibit

(Photo by Nelipsis)

Renowned Argentine artist and graphic designer Juan Gatti will be exhibiting Contraluz at the Museo Sivori behind the Rosedal gardens.

The artist, who is known for his designs of Almodovar film posters, advertising campaigns, and rock band albums, will be displaying both his graphic work and a new, more personal facet in his suggestive and somber photographs.

The exhibit will also include an audio-visual piece that will be showcased at the Planetarium.

The exhibition will take place until March 2013. Tickets are 1 peso to the museum and  20 pesos for the Planetarium screenings that take place at 8.30pm.