Parque de la Memoria

(Photo by Gustav´s)

The Parque de la Memoria- Monumento a las Víctimas del Terrorismo de Estado is a relatively new space in the city that was inaugurated in 2007 as a memorial of the victims of the military dictatorship in the seventies. The park was designed by Estudio Baudizzone-Lestard-Varas and associate architects Claudio Ferrari and Daniel Becker. Its neat green landscape features sculptures by different artists, each reflecting on themes related to the park’s commemorative purpose. The location also hosts art exhibits that reflect upon these themes and there is an information archive. Although a bit out of the way, it is an interesting place to reflect upon Argentina’s history, and also as a city landmark with artistic value.

An upcoming exhibit will be inaugurated this week featuring Chilean arpilleras, which are burlaps on which textile designs are applied to tell a story, or what cannot be spoken off.  The exhibit will be open from the 28th of September to the 10th of November from Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and on weekends and national holidays from midday to 6pm.  Av. Costanera Norte – Rafael Obligado 6745.

Giacometti Exhibit at Fundación PROA

(Photo by DayDreamPilot)

Alberto Giacometti, despite his Italian last name, was a renowned Swiss surrealist sculptor and painter. His elongated representations of the human body were according to the artist sculptures of the shadows bodies cast. The elegant and expressive figures he created will be on display in Buenos Aires at the Fundación PROA in La Boca from the 13th of October until the 9th of January.

The exhibit will feature over 130 of his pieces which range from his initial works in Switzerland, those he did under the influence of Cezanne and African art, and to his more well known sculptures and paintings from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s in which his representation of heads and lanky figures can be appreciated.

Tours in Spanish are available from Tuesdays to Fridays at 5pm, on Saturdays at 3pm, and on Sundays at 3pm and 5pm. Tours in English can be booked 48hs. in advance at educacion@proa.orgAv. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca. 4104-1000.