Buenos Aires Agenda: October/Octubre 2015



(photo by Stephen Poff)

If you’re in the Recoleta area, don’t miss the last chance to visit the BA Photo exhibit! Guemes 4747, Recoleta 

In the afternoon, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, you can stop by the Fierro Hotel garden and grab a couple of cocktails at the new UCO after office event! 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

You can also head to the Centro Cultural Konex where famous percussion group, La Bomba del Tiempo, will be carrying out their Monday show starting at 7pm. Sarmiento 3151, Almagro.

Quienes estén en la zona de Recoleta pueden aprovechar la última oportunidad para visitar  la muestra de fotografía BA Photo! Guemes 4747, Recoleta 

A la tarde, desde las 17.30 hasta las 19.30hs., abre  el jardín de Fierro Hotel para ofrecer cocktails en el after-office de UCO restaurante. 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

También a la tarde, a partir de las 19hs., la famosa orquesta de percusión, La Bomba del Tiempo, se presenta, como todos los lunes, en el Centro Cultural Konex.Sarmiento 3151, Almagro.


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(Photo by Veronica Aguilar)

The MAMBA is featuring a remake of Marta Minujín’s famous La Menesunda installation which provides visitors with sensory stimulus in eleven different settings. Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo

In the evening, don’t miss the live concert by Belle and Sebastian at the Gran Rex Theatre. Tickets here. 

El MAMBA está exhibiendo una nueva versión de la famosa instalación La Menesunda, de Marta Minujín, en la que el público puede experimentar diferentes estímulos sensoriales en once situaciones distintas.  Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo

A la noche, Belle and Sebastian se presenta en el Teatro Gran Rex. Entradas aquí. 


The stunning Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo in Recoleta is featuring a new exhibit of objects crafted in silver. The museum’s permanent collection is also well worth visiting, and their courtyard café- Croque Madame is the perfect spot for a pick-me-up coffee and a pastry.Av. Libertador 1902, Recoleta

From Wednesday to Saturday the Colón Theatre will be featuring a special performance of El Ascenso (The Ascent), an experimental choreography by Luis Garay. Tickets here.

El Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo en Recoleta está exhibiendo una nueva colección de platería artesanal. También se puede visitar la colección permanente del museo y parar en Croque Madame, el café situado en el patio, un lugar perfecto para pasar a la tarde a disfrutar de un café acompañado de pastelería francesa. Av. Libertador 1902, Recoleta.

A partir del miércoles, hasta el sábado, el Teatro Colón presenta una función especial de El Ascenso, una coreografía experimental a cargo de Luis Garay. Entradas aquí.



Sculpture and dance come together at a joint exhibit by the national fine arts museum (MNAD) and the Centro Cultural Kirchner. Sarmiento 151, downtown.

Later on, head to the Doppelganger Bar in San Telmo for some of the city’s best drinks and atmosphere. Juan de Garay 500, San Telmo.4300 0201.

Escultura y danza se unen en la exhibición conjunta que presentan el Museo Nacional del Bellas Artes (MNAD) y el Centro Cultural Kirchner. Sarmiento 151, microcentro.

Por la noche, Doppelganger Bar en San Telmo, es una buena opción para probar algunos de los mejores cocktails de Buenos Aires en uno de los ambientes más amenos de la ciudad. Juan de Garay 500, San Telmo.4300 0201.


The MUNTREF art space in the Retiro area is showcasing a new collection of artwork which explores the theme of migration. av. Antártida Argentina 1355, Retiro.

In the evening, Murnau’s famous Nosferatu will be screened at the Colón Theatre with live orchestra music. Tickets here.

El espacio MUNTREF en la zona de Retiro presenta una nueva colección de obras artísticas que exploran la temática de la migración. av. Antártida Argentina 1355, Retiro.

Más tarde, el Teatro Colón ofrece una proyección especial de Nosferatu, la famosa película de Murnau, con música en vivo. Entradas aquí.
Saturday and Sunday/ Sábado y Domingo

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(Photo by Cristóbal Poyato)

Book your place at UCO´s delicious weekend brunch, with a great Irish version as well! 3220-6800Soler 5862, Palermo.

On Saturday, head to Niceto Club to the Dune International Psychedelic Rock Fest (tickets here) or stop by the Buddha Sounds concert at the ND Teatro (tickets here).

It’s also the best time of the year to head to the 3 de Febrero Palermo parks as the roses, jacarandas and silk floss trees are in bloom! A great outing for Sunday as many things will be closed due to national presidential elections taking place. 

No olvides hacer tu reserva para degustar el delicioso brunch de UCO restaurante que  ofrece también una variante de desayuno irlandés. 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

Dos opciones para el sábado por la noche: el Dune International Psych Fest en Niceto Club (entradas aquí), o el concierto de Buddha Sounds en el ND Teatro (entradas aquí).

También es la mejor época del año para pasear por el Parque 3 de Febrero en Palermo ya que están en flor las rosas, los jacarandás y los palo borrachos. Una excelente opción para el domingo ya que se estarán llevando a cabo las elecciones presidenciales.

Buenos Aires Monuments: Monumento a Las Nereidas

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The Monumento a Las Nereidas (Nereids Fountain) is a gorgeous white marble sculpture by Lola Mora, one of the first and most prolific Argentine women artists. The monument is located in Puerto Madero at the Ecological Reserve and represents the Nereids giving birth to Venus.

The fountain, which was created in Rome and inaugurated in 1903 in Buenos Aires, was controversial due to the nude female figures and so, although it had been created for Plaza de Mayo, it ended up being placed at the Plaza Colón, where not a single woman showed up to the inauguration. It wasn’t only the sculpture conservative society was distraught about, Lola Mora herself was also considered scandalous, both for being an artist and for wearing pants on the sculpture’s site! In fact, many doubted her artistic capacity and questioned whether the sculpture was truly hers. The monument caused such a commotion that in 1918 it was moved once again this time to an even more distant location on Costanera Sur, where it remains today.

5 Influential Argentine Women Artists

(Photo by Ignacio Sanz)

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.

(Photo by Nicolás Giorgetti)

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.


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.


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.


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 Art Galleries

(Photo by Fco Ávila)

Buenos Aires is scattered with galleries that represent the city’s booming art industry, and they are well worth visiting for collectors and art lovers. Most of the galleries can be found in three main areas, the Retiro and Recoleta circuit, Palermo, and San Telmo.  Monthly gallery nights are held in different areas of the city and are a great chance to get to know this flourishing aspect of it.

Some recommended galleries include:

Retiro area:

Ruth Benzacar: founded in the sixties, it is one of the most prestigious galleries in the city and deals in contemporary Argentine art. Florida 1000, Buenos Aires. 4313 8480. info@ruthbenzacar.com.


Braga Mendez brings together thirty top-level artists producing independently and collectively, valuing a commitment to the idea of art stripped of a commercial focus.   Humboldt 1574, Palermo. 4775-5577. info@galeriabm.com.

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. hollywoodincambodia@gmail.com.

Arte x Arte: is a 1800m2 space dedicated to photography, video art and new media. They work to promote both the local artists in Argentina and abroad, and to introduce foreign artists to the local scene. Lavalleja 1062, Villa Crespo. 4773-2738.

Mar Dulce: Paintings, drawings, prints and photography by Argentine and Uruguayan upcoming artists are presented at this Palermo centered gallery. Uriarte 1490, Palermo. galeriamardulce@gmail.com

San Temo:

Arte Pampa: This gallery is dedicated to contemporary artwork that reflects the local traditions and heritage. It is a great place to buy gifts or something with a local feel to take back home.  Defensa 917, San Telmo. 4361-1138.

Zavaleta Lab: Also dedicated to contemporary Argentine art, they are intent on discovering and promoting new talents and are constantly renewing their program. Venezuela 571, San Telmo. 4331-2439.

Buenos Aires Art Museums

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Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA): Set in the heart of Recoleta, the National Fine Arts Museum has 10,000 art pieces by renown national and international artists such as Quinquela Martín, Pettorutti, Prilidiano Pueyrredón, Antonio Berni, Goya, Picasso, Rembrandt, Rubens, Renoir, Degas, Chagall and Modigliani amongst many others.  Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta. 5288-9900 .

Museum opening hours
Tuesday to Friday: 12.30 – 8.30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 9.30 a.m. – 8.30 p.m.
Monday closed

Museo de Arte Latino Americano de Buenos Aires (MALBA): The MALBA is set in a modern building and showcases an impressive collection of Latin-American art from the twentieth century. The museum, which has become one of the most popular cultural centers in the city, offers a unique collection of sculptures, drawings, paintings, collage, photographs and objects by artists from Central and South America. The museum also hosts film screenings and interesting exhibitions and conferences and has a highly recommendable restaurant.  Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 4808-6500.

Museum opening hours
From Thursday to Monday: 12.00 am to 8.00 pm
Wednesdays: 12.00- 9.00 pm

Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (MAMBA):  Lovers of modern art are now welcome to visit the recently re-inaugurated MAMBA. The museum, located in the neighborhood of San Telmo, is made up of two exhibition halls with two different collections. “Narrativas Inciertas” is an assembly of pieces by contemporary and up-and-coming local artists. Whilst “El imaginario de Ignacio Pirovano” displays a donated collection which includes both local and international modern art. Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo. 4342-3001/2970.

Museum opening hours
Monday to Friday from 12.00am to 7.00pm

Saturdays and Sundays from 11.00am to 8.00pm.

Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo (MNAD): The Decorative Art Museum is a palace from the beginning of the 20th century. Designed by French architect René Sergent in 1911 and built with European materials it is a great example of French architecture in Buenos Aires. Its marvelous collection of European and Oriental paintings and sculptures, the great hall and the impressive staircase make this place well worth a visit.  Av.del Libertador 1902, Recoleta.  4801-8248

Museum opening hours:
Tuesdays to Sundays from 2.00pm to 7.00pm
Mondays closed

Guided tours in English are available every day at 2pm

Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fernandez Blanco: Set in the neo-colonial Palacio Noel, the focus of this museum is Hispanic-American art. An impressive display of antique and religious objects, furniture, silver, and paintings dating back to the 1700´s depict a key historic moment where two very different cultures collided to define what South America is today. The museum also hosts concerts, special exhibits and other cultural events. Suipacha 1422, Downtown. 4327.0272.

Museum opening hours:

Tuesday to Friday from 2pm-6pm

Saturday and Sunday from 12am-6pm.

English tours must be booked in advance.

Museo de Arte Español Enrique Larreta: This Spanish Art Museum, decorated as a Spanish 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

Museo de Arte Popular Jose Hernández: Popular art and local artisans work are displayed in this museums, where you will find ceramics, baskets, knits, instruments and other handmade traditional objects made from local materials. Av. Libertador 2373, Recoleta. 4803-2384

Museum opening hours:

Wednesday to Friday from 1pm-7pm,

Saturday and Sunday from 10am-8pm

Museo de Esculturas Luis Perlotti: Luis Perlotti was a distinguished Argentine sculptor who dealt with native themes and indigenous imagery, as well as producing sculptures and monuments of local characters of the artistic and political scene.  In 1969 he donated his house and workshop in Caballito for its use as a museum. The museum showcases an ample selection of his works as well as displaying sculptures by other renowned Argentine artists. Additionally the museum showcases the late sculptors collections of native textiles and archeological objects acquired on his journeys through Argentina, Bolivia and Peru. Pujol 644, Caballito. 4433-3396.

Museum opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday from 11am-7pm

Museo de Artes Plasticas Eduardo Sivory: Ideally located next to the Palermo rose gardens this intimate museum showcases a collection of Argentine art from the twentieth century. Temporary exhibits are also held in this museum which aspires to promote the local artists and industry. Av. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo. 4774-9452

Museum opening hours:

Tuesday to Friday from midday-8pm

Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-8pm

Museo de Bellas Artes Benito Quinquela Martín: An impressive collection of Argentine art can be appreciated in this museum set in the heart of La Boca, where its famous resident artist Quinquela Martín donated much of his work in support of the local art industry, and of the education of children through art. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1835, La Boca. 4301-1080.

Museum opening hours:

Tuesday to Sunday from 10.30am-5.30pm

Museo de Xul Solar: This lovely intimate art museum exhibits 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. Laprida 1212, Palermo. 4824-3302.

Museum opening hours:

Monday to Friday from midday- 8pm.

Saturday from midday to 7pm.

New to the City: Faena Arts Center

(Photo by Maren Yumi)

Known for his extravagance and for owning the Faena Hotel and Universe, which was designed by Philippe Starck, Alan Faena bets on art once more on his new Puerto Madero venture, the Alan Faena Arts Center.

The stunning new addition to the city’s cultural scene is still brand new after being inaugurated in September, and is showcasing the centers’ opening Ernesto Neto exhibit  which was curated by the Tate Modern’s Jessica Morgan.  An impressive crochet sculpture/installation partly suspended from the roof,  which visitors can walk through barefoot, achieves the participation that the renown Brazilian artist looks to generate with his sinuous interactive pieces.

The exhibition is open from Tue-Sun from 11am-7pm and entry fee is 20 pesos.

Faena Arts Center

Bvd. Azucena Villaflor 400, Puerto Madero

4010 9233


Places to Visit: Luis Perlotti Sculpture Museum

(Sculpture by Luis Perlotti of Luis Angel Firpo at the Recoleta Cemetery. Photo by Sebastian-Dario)

Luis Perlotti was a distinguished Argentine sculptor who dealt with native themes and indigenous imagery, as well as producing sculptures and monuments of local characters of the artistic and political scene.

In 1969 he donated his house and workshop in Caballito for its use as a museum. The museum showcases an ample selection of his works as well as displaying sculptures by other renowned Argentine artists. Additionally the museum showcases the late sculptors collections of native textiles and archeological objects acquired on his journeys through Argentina, Bolivia and Peru.


Museo de Esculturas Luis Perlotti

Pujol 644, Caballito



Open: Tue-Sun 11am-7pm


Off The Beaten Path: Tito Ingenieri’s Bottle House


(Photo by Justin Bugsy Sailor)

Six million bottles are the building blocks of sculptor Tito Ingenieri’s home.  The project, which began 21 years ago after a few other impressive feats, such as walking to Peru, and building a theatre out of junk (to name a few), was born from economic need, the desire to have a unique home and the search to transform garbage into something useful. The unique house, set in Quilmes, is also surrounded by Tito’s sculptures and has become a neighborhood emblem. Although it is not officially open to the public, it is the artists desire that the house, on Av. 25 de Mayo and Los Naranjos, be turned into a museum and that the philosophy of building with recycled material expand.