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.

Tracey Emin at the MALBA

(Photo by Juan Nosé)

The MALBA is inaugurating a new exhibit this week, featuring works by renowned British artist Tracey Emin. The exhibition, called How It Feels, will feature five videos produced between 1995 and 2000.

The contemporary artist, who emerged as part of the group YBA (Young British Artists) is well known for her provocative and highly emotive and intimate work such as the installations Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995 and My Bed. The videos that will be showcased play upon some of the common themes of the artist’s works including gender issues, sexuality, abortion and social class.

The exhibit will be on display from the 16th of November to the 25th of February. Museum opening hours are from midday to 8pm, except for Tuesdays when it is closed. Tickets are 30 pesos. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 4808-6500.

Fileteado Porteño at Museo de la Ciudad

(Photo by mccopa)

The Museo de la Ciudad showcases all kinds of different aspects of Buenos Aires including permanent exhibits of city doors, toys, musical instruments, advertisements and more. Last Saturday it added a new permanent collection that features a typical porteño style of painting called Fileteado Porteño.

This typical Argentine painting style dates back to the nineteenth century when it was first used as a decoration for horse drawn carts used to transport foods. It was progressively developed as a way of advertising and because big letters were taxed, the focus was placed on elaborate ornamentation to frame smaller letters. The style also became popular amongst the tango scene and many traditional tango neighborhoods feature ornamented filetes on their walls.  It has since been used as a decoration for accordions, buses, furniture, home fronts and more. A visit to the museum is a great way to learn more about this colorful painting style, as is the Fileteado Porteño Tour. The museum is also showcasing a temporary exhibit on hats.

Museum opening hours are from Monday to Friday from 11am-7pm and on weekends from 1pm to 6pm. Tickets cost 1 peso. Defensa 219, San Telmo. 4331-9855

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by longhorndave)

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

In the afternoon, stop for some tea and sweet treats at the traditional Confitería Las Violetas and then work off those medialunas by dancing at the nearby Centro Cultural Konex where La Bomba del Tiempo, a percussion orchestra that has become one of the local musts, will be showing off their drumming skills. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864-3200

Tuesday

(Photo by TuscanyArts)

Don’t miss the Caravaggio exhibit taking place at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Fine Arts Museum) until the 15th of December. Av. Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

In the evening stop by Boris Club de Jazz where the Nicolàs Sorin Octeto will be playing at 9pm. Gorriti 5568, Palermo.

Wednesday

(Photo by hanspetermeyer.ca)

Head to the National Library in Palermo (a landmark in itself) and check out the exhibit on local rock legend Luis Alberto Spinetta and the screenings of some of his live performances at 2pm. Aguero 2502, Palermo.

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

(Photo by vmiramontes)

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, which include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, cost 160 pesos per person and are limited to 8. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

The Colón Theatre will be showcasing Museo Pierrot, a music and art installation by Arnold Schonberg about the relationship between the music and the moon. 15th, 16th and 17th of November.

Friday

(Photo by AlineGomes.)

From the 16th of November to the 25th of February the MALBA will be featuring a new exhibit on celebrated contemporary British artist, Tracy Emin. Not to be missed. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.  

In the evening stop by Fierro´s Thank Fierro its Friday Happy Hour from 6pm to 8.3opm and then head to one of the city´s top bars such as Isabel, Frank`s Bar, Unicorn Husset or 878! Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

The Colón Theatre will be showcasing Museo Pierrot, a music and art installation by Arnold Schonberg about the relationship between the music and the moon. 15th, 16th and 17th of November.

Super star Lady Gaga will be wowing the crowds at Estadio River Plate. Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by Adrian Midgley)

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.

The Campeonato Argentino Abierto de Polo, one of the most important polo events of the year, kicks off on Saturday with tournaments throughout the weekend. Tickets here.

The Colón Theatre will be showcasing Museo Pierrot, a music and art installation by Arnold Schonberg about the relationship between the music and the moon. 15th, 16th and 17th of November.

On Saturday Manu Chao will be staging a live show at the Balneario Municipal San Pedro, outside of the city. Tickets here.

On Saturday Slash and Black Label Society will be playing at the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas. Tickets here.

Find a ten-day weather forecast here.

Buenos Aires Museums at Night 2012

(Photo by Ante todo, Pablo Zárate)

On Saturday night, the city museums will be open from 8pm to 3am. The cultural event will pay homage to Astor Piazzolla to commemorate the twenty-year anniversary of his death. Additionally, there will be live shows, ballet, and more at different city venues.

Some of the highlights of the evening will be:

The Teatro General San Martín Ballet will be staging Las ocho estaciones, by Astor Piazzolla, at the Planetarium starting at 8pm. Av Sarmiento and Belisario Roldán, Palermo.

Also at the Planetarium, there will be an exhibition of fashion and automobile design from 1920-2010 sponsored by Citroen. Av Sarmiento and Belisario Roldán, Palermo.

The Museo de la Cuidad will inaugurate an exhibition on the typical florid painting style present around the city known as Filete Porteño. Defensa 219, Downtown.

La Usina del Arte in La Boca will present a photography exhibit showcasing portraits of Latin American authors. Pedro de Mendoza 501, La Boca.

There will also be open bookstores in Av. Corrientes between 9 de Julio and Callao that will not only offer books but also different cultural activities.

Find the full program here.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by jblaha)

Head to Puerto Madero for a nice stroll along the river, visit the nearby Ecologic Reserve, and stop at the Museo del Humor, which showcases fantastic Argentine comic art.  Av. De los Italianos 851, Puerto Madero

In the afternoon, stop for some tea and sweet treats at the traditional Confitería Las Violetas and then work off those medialunas by dancing at the nearby Centro Cultural Konex where La Bomba del Tiempo, a percussion orchestra that has become one of the local musts, will be showing off their drumming skills. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864-3200

 

Tuesday

(Photo by Chile con Karine)

The Fundación PROA in La Boca is showcasing a must-see exhibit of renowned artist Alberto Giacometti’s sculptures and paintings. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

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.

 

Wednesday

(Photo by julie&rebecca)

Stop by the stunning Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo (MNAD) where there is a showcase of Oriental art until the 11th of November. Afterwards stop for a refreshment at their smart cafe Croque Madame. Av.del Libertador 1902, Recoleta. 4801-8248.

If you want to follow up on US elections head to Sugar Bar in Palermo where they will be screening the coverage of the event and offering happy hour starting at 7pm. Costa Rica 4619, Palermo

Renowned rock band Kiss will be staging a live show at River Plate Stadium. Tickets here. 

Thursday

(Photo by batigolix)

Don’t miss the  Caravaggio exhibit taking place at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Fine Arts Museum) until the 15th of December. Av. Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

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, which include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, cost 160 pesos per person and are limited to 8. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

The Maquinaria Festival kicks off at 1pm to midnight. Thursday’s lineup includes Marilyn Manson and Slayer. Tickets here.

Friday

Take advantage of the sunshine and book your place for a Foto Ruta Academia tour where you can get to know the city through the lens while benefiting from professional photography tips! More information here.

In the evening stop by Fierro´s Thank Fierro its Friday Happy Hour from 6pm to 8.3opm and then head to one of the city´s top bars such as Isabel, Frank`s Bar, Unicorn Husset or 878! Due to the heavy rain and flooding this activity has been cancelled. We apologize and look forward to seeing you next week.

The Maquinaria Festival will be taking place from 1pm to midnight. Friday’s lineup includes The Prodigy and Deftones. Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by Roger Schultz)

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 Saturday night don’t miss Noche de los Museos (Museum Night) during which the city museums will remain open way past their bedtime offering guided tours, live music, shows and more.

Also taking place on Saturday night is the Creamfields electronic music festival featuring DJ’s Richie Hawtin, Sven Vath, Infected Mushroom and Paul Van Dyk, amongst others. Tickets here.

If classical is more your thing, get your tickets for the Saturday night concert at the Colón Theatre starring Renée Fleming and Gerald Martin Moore on the piano.  Tickets here.

Find a ten-day weather forecast here.

Day of the Dead at Museo Fernandez Blanco

(Photo by rainy city)

In Mexican tradition, the deceased are remembered in a colorful celebration on the Day of the Dead. During this holiday, family and friends visit altars that are built for those who have passed, with offerings of sweets, marigolds, skulls (calaveritas) and more.

The Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fernandez Blanco takes part in this festivity every year. This year it will pay homage to the lives of Mexican author Carlos Fuentes, Mexican singer Chavela Vargas, the Argentine Astor Piazzolla, renowned for his tangos and composition, and Carlos Loiseau “Caloi” who was a famous local cartoonist.

Tonight, starting at 6.30pm, the museum will inaugurate the altar that will be open to the public until the 11th of November.  Additionally, there will be traditional Mexican and Argentine dances. The Museum is also well worth visiting for its collection of Hispanic art, and live concerts.

Museo Isaac Fernandez Blanco. Palacio Noel. Suipacha 1422, Downtown.4327- 0228.mifb_prensa@buenosaires.gob.ar