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. 

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Start the week off by getting a general picture of Buenos Aires with Jonathan who offers free daily walking tours that start at 11am from the Garibaldi Statue at Plaza Italia. More information here.

In the evening stop by La Peña del Colorado .This Palermo-centered peña serves traditional food and stages live shows as well as hosting folklore dances for the community.  From midnight onwards they also encourage the diners to play spontaneous guitar music. (They offer the guitars).  Güemes 3657, Palermo. 4822-1038. info@lapeniadelcolorado.com.

Tuesday

 

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Stop by the new Gardel exhibit that is being showcased at the Casa de la Cultura until the 30th of April. The exhibition features the largest tango collection in the world! Av. De Mayo 575, first floor, downtown.

In the evening head to Boris Club de Jazz where Russian Red will be staging a live show starting at 10pm. Gorriti 5568, Palermo.

 

Wednesday

 

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Summer is the time for outdoor sightseeing and there are some great tours by air and water that make for perfect alternatives to get to know the city in a fun and novel way.

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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Stop for a light lunch at hierbabuena in San Telmo and then check out the Margarita Paksa exhibit at the  MAMBA !  Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo.  4342-3001.

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  include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Friday

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Book your place for the full parrilla experience with Parrilla Tour. These filling excursions, which take place in San Telmo on Fridays, will surely leave you satisfied.

In the evening stop by Fierro´s Thank Fierro its Friday Happy Hour from 6pm to 8.30 pm and then head to one of the city’s top bars such as Isabel, Frank’s Bar, Unicorn Huset or 878! Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Saturday and Sunday

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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.

PM Open air music– Outdoor live music, art and more merge in this new Saturday event which takes place in Palermo from 2pm to 9pm. Paraguay 4905, Palermo

Find a ten-day weather forecast here and don’t forget to stop for ice cream at one of these fantastic Buenos Aires heladerias!

Light and Fresh Lunches in Buenos Aires

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Get ready for rooftop pooling and evening drinks outdoors because the Porteño summer is about to make its hot hot mark, and although meat may be the local staple, lunching on salads and juices might be a better option to remain fresh whilst visiting city attractions.  Below, our pick of places to stop by for something light and fresh.

Quimbombó: Overlooking Plaza Armenia in Palermo, this healthy restaurant offers vegetarian cuisine, fresh refreshing juices of all kinds and a lovely terrace to sit outside. Costa Rica 4652, Palermo.

Cusic: Wraps, salads and sandwiches are all perfect summer lunches and easy to enjoy at this hidden Palermo gem that serves homemade cuisine in a great setting including a lovely terrace-garden. El Salvador 6016, Palermo. 4139-9173.

 Salgado Alimentos: Set in Villa Crespo, near the outlets, this small and inviting Italian restaurant specializes in pasta, however they are also known for their savory salads with less common ingredients such as artichokes or passion fruit vinaigrette.  Ramírez de Velazco 401, Villa Crespo. 4854-1336.

I Central Market: Puerto Madero is definitely a summer hot spot and Central Market is the perfect place for sitting outdoors overlooking the river and eating a salad or a sandwich. Azucena Villaflor and Olga Cosentini, Puerto Madero.  5775-0330.

Hierbabuena– In San Telmo a great place for a light lunch is this restaurant that focuses on healthy eating and offers a nice spot outdoors to sit.  Av. Caseros 454, San Telmo.

Find a great list of BA salad suggestions here.

Looking for a fresh snack on the go? many neighborhood supermarkets and verdulerias (vegetable shops) sell ready made fruit salads.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Tuesday

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Today is the much-awaited debut of the “ColónRing” opera, an adaptation of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, to celebrate the bicentennial of the artist’s birth. The show begins at 2.30 pm. Musical adaptation by Cord Garben, Musical Direction by Julien Salemkour, Art Direction and Mise en Scene- Katharina Wagner.  Tickets here.

Later on don’t miss the Blues Festival taking place at La Trastienda from 8pm onwards. Tickets here.

Wednesday

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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.

At 8.30pm a concert by the German KlangForum Wien will be staged at the Colón theatre. Tickets here.

Thursday

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Check out  the MALBA’s new exhibit on celebrated contemporary British artist, Tracy Emin. Not to be missed. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, 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.

In the evening head to the Colón theatre to experience the choreographed interpretation of a compilation of works by Martin Matalon for instruments and solo singers processed by an electronic device in real time. Choreography by Diana Theocharidis. Tickets here.

At 8.30pm a concert by the German KlangForum Wien will be staged at the Colón theatre. Tickets here.

Friday

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Check out the Franz Ackermann exhibit being held at the Faena Art’s Center in the posh Puerto Madero. Also in the area is the ecological reserve and some of the city’s best-known restaurants!

Don’t miss the “ColónRing” opera, an adaptation of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen to celebrate the bicentennial of the artist’s birth. The show begins at 2.30 pm. Musical adaptation by Cord Garben, Musical Direction by Julien Salemkour, Art Direction and Mise en Scene- Katharina Wagner.  Tickets here.

Later on, starting at 8.30pm,  the Colón theatre will also stage the choreographed interpretation of a compilation of works by Martin Matalon for instruments and solo singers processed by an electronic device in real time. Choreography by Diana Theocharidis.  Tickets here.

In the evening stop by Fierro´s Thank Fierro its Friday Happy Hour from 6pm to 8.30 pm 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.

Saturday and Sunday

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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, is in full swing with tournaments throughout the weekend. Tickets here.

On Saturday from 3pm onwards don’t miss the Candombe parade that will dance through Defensa Street and Av. Independencia until Parque Lezama.

On Saturday evening, starting at 8.30pm,  the Colón theatre will also stage the choreographed interpretation of a compilation of works by Martin Matalon for instruments and solo singers processed by an electronic device in real time. Choreography by Diana Theocharidis.  Tickets here.

Throughout the weekend the annual Personal Fest will be taking place featuring live shows by Kings of Leon,  Molotov ,  Babasonicos ,  Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas  and S.O.J.A. Tickets here.

On Sunday at 11 am there will be a free choir concert at the Colón theatre. Tickets must be picked up at the theatre’s box office two days in advance.

Find a ten-day weather forecast here.

Franz Ackermann at Faena Arts Center

(Photo by Kai Ross)

Renowned German contemporary artist Franz Ackermann is known for his colorful large-scale representations of his journeys through urban landscapes. Inspired by psychogeography, the artist roams different places and then puts together bright conceptual maps of the cities he visits, reflecting his psychological experience of the surroundings.

Throughout November, the Faena Arts Center in Puerto Madero will be exhibiting the artist’s latest work based on the his experience of Buenos Aires. The exhibits is open to the public from Friday to Sunday from midday to 7pm and tickets cost 30 pesos. Aimé Paine 1169, Puerto Madero. 4010 9233. info@faenaartscenter.org

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

The Bienal de Imagen en Movimiento (Audivisual Bienial) kicks off until the 4th of November featuring a variety of experimental works by local and international artists at the Centro Cultural San Martin and the Allianza Francesa. Find the full program here.

In the evening, if the rain has eased up, head to the Planetarium for the full moon drum  and percussion event that will take place from 10pm onwards.  Participants are welcome to bring their own instruments.

If it’s still too rainy for an outdoor program head to Notorious where there will be a live show in homage of Ramiro Musotto from Orchesta Sudaka starting at 9.30pm. Av. Callao 966, Recoleta.

Tuesday

(Caravaggio, St. Francis in Extasy, 1595, photo by carulmare)

Dont 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.

If you’re looking for a laugh head to the Grin Go! Stand Up comedy Show starting at 9pm at the Absinth Resto Bar. Bartolomé Mitre 1695, Downtown. 4371-6486. Be sure to make a reservation by emailing gringo@comicosdepie.com.ar.

Wednesday

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The Buenos Aires Photo 2012 exhibit is being held at the Centro Cultural Recoleta. Stop by from 2pm onwards and catch a glimpse of what’s going on in front of the city lens. Junín 1930, Recoleta.

Later on in the evening show off your best gaucho or Recoleta ghost costume at Magdalena’s Party special halloween bash which will take place from middnight onwards. Thames 1795, Palermo. 

Thursday

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 35 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

If you havn’t booked your place for the GAJO dining event that will take place at Hernán Gipponi Restaurant to kick of the month in culinary style do so NOW!! GAJO is a deluxe culinary team made up of the city`s top chefs (including Hernán Gipponi) who combine their talents to deliver the best of fine dining at different venues around the city.Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

In the evening legendary rock star Robert Plant will be staging a live show at Estadio Luna Park.  Tickets here.

Friday

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Book your place with Argentina Polo Day and spend the day in the outskirts of the city exploring the world of polo. It includes a wine tasting with ‘empanadas’, horseback riding, a Polo Match, polo lessons, the opportunity to talk to coaches and professional players, a typical asado, and leisure time by the swimming pool. 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!

Later on legendary rock star Robert Plant will be staging a live show at Estadio Luna Park.  Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

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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, starting at 3pm, Picnic BA will be taking place around five different city parks. The event will feature live music, art, performances and more. The closest park to the hotel where the event is taking place is Plaza Las Heras on Av. Las Heras and Coronel Diaz. Otherwise head to Puerto Madero’s Anfiteatro Lola Mora Costanera Sur for the closing events starting at 5pm. More information here.  (And check out our top picks for picnicking in the city here)

 

Find  a ten day weather forecast here

Top Places for Picnics in BA

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Picnics are one of the many perks of nice weather, and are both enjoyable and cheap options to savour delicious nourishment in the outdoors. Now that spring is upon us, it is the perfect time to find a shady Ombú or a sunny patch of grass to sit under and dig in. Below are our favorite BA picnic spots.

In Palermo- Tres de Febrero Parks.  These emblematic Buenos Aires parks are perfect for picnics due to their ample space and shady trees. Our favorite is the Rosedal where you can sit down and watch the pedal boats whilst blooming roses surround you. Where to buy your sandwich: Voltaire Coffee and DeliAngel Justiniano Carranza 1946, Palermo.

In Recoleta- Plaza de las Naciones Unidas. The Recoleta area is also surrounded by lush parks and is a great spot for enjoying a meal outdoors. Plaza de las Naciones Unidas is a landmark in itself due to the stunning Floralis Genérica sculpture. It is surrounded by the city art museums, and close to the famous Recoleta cemetery.  Where to buy your sandwich: Tea Connection. Montevideo 1655, Recoleta.

In Puerto Madero- Reserva Ecológica. The ecological reserve behind Puerto Madero has one of the best city views and is a gorgeous spot for a picnic. Where to buy your sandwich: For the healthy Sanno Natural Temptations (Mariquita Sanchez de Thompson 367, Local 7, Puerto Madero), for the adventurous, purchase your typical choripan or bondiola sandwich at the parri-carts outside of the reserve.

In San Telmo- Parque Lezama. This beautiful park in San Telmo has a gazebo, a sculpture garden, florid jacarandas, history and a lot of green. Additionally, it is surrounded by the traditional Bar Britanico and the Russian Orthodox Church.   Where to buy your sandwich: Delivery Gourmet. Juan de Garay 319, San Telmo.

In the outskirts of the city- Martinez– The riverbed of the Rio de la Plata at the Martinez and Acasuso locations is lined with open green spaces that are perfect for a picnic. Plus, the Tren de la Costa borders it and is one of the ways of getting to Tigre. Where to buy your sandwich: Deli Club. Emilio Lamarca 391, Martinez.