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

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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

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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

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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

Caravaggio Exhibit at the MNBA

(Caravaggio. photo by TuscanyArts)

From the 25th of October to the 15th of December, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Fine Arts Museum), will be showcasing a special exhibit of Caravaggio’s work.

The exhibit, named Caravaggio and his Followers, will display a special selection of the baroque artist’s paintings, as well as showing a selection of works by other artists who he has influenced. These artists are Artemisia Gentileschi, Bartolomeo Cavarozzi, Giovanni Baglione, Giovanni Battista Caracciolo, Hendrick van Somer, José de Ribera, Leonello Spada, Mattia Preti, Orazio Borgianni, Orazio Gentileschi, Orazio Riminaldi, Simon Vouet, Tommaso Salini and Valentin de Boulogne.

The exhibition is the first in Latin America to display  such a broad selection of this renowned artist’s works.  Another important exhibition of Italian art is taking place in the Museo Nacional Decorativo, where Renaissance paintings are being displayed.

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Libertador 1473, Recoleta. 288-9999.