Buenos Aires Agenda May/Mayo

May Highlights/ Elegidos de mayo

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Annual International Book Fair- Buenos Aires is a literary city and its international book fair is a great opportunity to find books, readers and writers all in one place. This year it will take place from the 27th of April to the 15th of May at La Rural in Palermo.

Feria del Libro- Buenos Aires es una ciudad literaria y la Feria Internacional del Libro es el lugar ideal para encontrar libros, lectores y escritores, todos en un mismo espacio. Este año se lleva a cabo del 27 al 15 de mayo en La Rural en Palermo.

City Tango Dance Championship- from the 10th to the 21st of May some of the best tango dancers shine their shoes and show what they know at the Tango Dance Championship. Find the full program here.

TangoBA- Del 10 al 21 de mayo se lleva a cabo el campeonato de tango de la ciudad en el que se presentan los mejores bailarines del género para mostrar su habilidad. El programa completo se encuentra disponible aquí

Feria Masticar-Foodies will love this gourmet food fair that will take place from the 11th-14th of May where the best of the Argentine cuisine scene will come together for a four day banquet with talks and related activities. Zapiola and Matienzo, Palermo.

Feria Masticar- Quienes gusten de la buena cocina tendrán la oportunidad de acercarse del 11 al 14 de mayo a este banquete de cuatro días en el que los protagonistas de la escena gourmet local estarán presentes para ofrecer sus platos, brindar charlas y realizar otras actividades relacionadas .  Zapiola y Matienzo, Palermo.

ArteBA– The annual Buenos Aires Art Fair will take place from the 24th to the  27th of May and is a great opportunity to get to know what’s going on in the local scene, and to purchase art.  La Rural, Palermo.

ArteBA- La feria anual de arte de Buenos Aires se lleva a cabo del 24 al 27 de mayo y es una excelente oportunidad para conocer la escena de arte local actual y también para adquirir piezas. La Rural, Palermo. 

25 de Mayo celebrations- Every 25th of May, the Argentine people celebrate the May revolution which marked a turning point in the country’s independence process. Stop by Feria de Mataderos to see some typical dances and try the locro and pastelitos.

Festejos del 25 de mayo- El 25 de mayo se festeja la revolución de mayo, que fue uno de los pasos hacia la independencia nacional. En Feria de Mataderos se festeja con danzas típicas, locro y pastelitos.

Art/arte

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Xul Solar- Panjuego PH:Ministerio de Cultura de la Nación Argentina

MALBA: The MALBA is showcasing two exhibits this month, one of the art collective General Idea, and the other of Argentine artist Gastón Pérsico’s work . Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

MALBA: Este mes, el MALBA presenta dos muestras, una del colectivo artístico General Idea, y el otro de la obra del artista argentino Gastón Persico. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

MAMBA: Tomás Sarraceno’s amazing spider web art, Diego Bianchi’s “intertextual” pieces, Antonio Berni’s drawings, an abstract art display from the Pirovano collection and Gabriel Chaile’s “Patricia” are all being showcased at this beautiful San Telmo centered museum. Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo

MAMBA: La telaraña transformada de Tomás Saracceno, las obras “intertextuales” de Diego Bianchi, los dibujos de Antonio Berni, una puesta de arte abstracto de la colección Pirovano, y “Patricia” de Gabriel Chaile se encuentran actualmente en exhibición en este hermoso museo de San Telmo. Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo

Fundación PROA: Fundación PROA is still showcasing an Yves Klein exhibit that is not to be missed. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

Fundación PROA: La fundación tiene en exhibición una muestra imperdible de la obra de Yves Klein. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

MNBA: The Buenos Aires fine arts museum is showcasing an exhibition of Xul Solar’s work .  Av. Libertador 1473, Palermo.

MNBA: En el Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, una retrospectiva de la obra de Xul Solar.  Av. Libertador 1473, Palermo.

 

Buenos Aires Agenda: April/Abril 2017

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José María Pérez Nuñez

Buenos Aires is under the effects of Autumn and will be cooling down as the month advances which means more time for indoor culture, and delicious dining. Below, this month’s main events in the city.

Events/Eventos

Easter: This month, Easter, which is a national holiday, will be taking place from the 13th to the 16th of April. Get ready for some rosca de pascuas and chocolate eggs.

Pascuas: Este año las pascuas, que son feriado en Argentina, se festejan del 13 al 16 de abril, época para comer la típica rosca y huevos de chocolate.

Konex Classical Music Festival: 19-23 April, classical music lovers should definitely stop by this festival which will be homaging Beethoven this year.

Festival Konex de Música Clásica: Un imperdible para los amantes de música clásica que este año hace homenaje a Beethoven y se lleva a cabo del 19 al 23 de abril. 

BAFICI Film Festival: The biggest independent film fest of the year in Argentina takes place from the 19th to the 30th of April. We recommend you buy your tickets in advance.

BAFICI: el Festival de Cine Independiente de Buenos Aires se lleva a cabo del 19 al 30 de abril y es uno de los eventos culturales más importantes de la ciudad. Recomendamos adquirir sus entradas con anticipación. 

Annual International Book Fair: Buenos Aires is a literary city and its international book fair is a great opportunity to find books, readers and writers all in one place. This year it will be carried out from the 27th of April to the 15th of May.

Feria del Libro: Buenos Aires es una ciudad literaria y la Feria Internacional del Libro que se lleva a cabo todos los años es el lugar ideal para encontrar libros, lectores y escritores, todos en un mismo espacio. Este año se lleva a cabo del 27 al 15 de mayo. 

Art/arte

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Thomas Leuthard

MALBA: The MALBA is showcasing two exhibits this month, one of the art collective General Idea, and the other of Argentine artist Gastón Pérsico’s work . Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

MALBA: Este mes, el MALBA presenta dos muestras, una del colectivo artístico General Idea, y el otro de la obra del artista argentino Gastón Persico. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

Fundación PROA: Fundación PROA is still showcasing its Yves Klein exhibit. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

Fundación PROA: La fundación continúa teniendo en exhibición la obra de Yves Klein. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

MNBA: The Buenos Aires fine arts museum is showcasing an exhibition of Xul Solar’s work .  Av. Libertador 1473, Palermo.

MNBA: El Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes tiene en exposición una retrospectiva de la obra de Xul Solar .  Av. Libertador 1473, Palermo.

FOLA: The Latin American photography library is showcasing the works of Vivian Maier, Angelica Dass, and Dani Yako. Godoy Cruz 2620, Palermo

FOLA: La Fototeca Latinoamericana está mostrando la obra fotográfica de Vivian Maier, Angelica Dass, y Dani Yako. Godoy Cruz 2620, Palermo

 

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. 

Early 20th Century Argentine Art

At the beginning of the twentieth century Argentina was very prolific. It had finished with the independence and civil wars that had characterized the nineteenth century and had began building a new society. Large waves of European immigration continued to flock into the country, and the search for a common identity was in full swing. Additionally, the country was establishing its agricultural sector in the Pampas and becoming a major exporter. The advancements in cold storage, the different ports, and the railway were important features of the two defining aspects of the country, European immigration and the agricultural model. From the 30’s onwards, the country entered a period of economic and political unrest followed by military dictatorships, Peronism and more, that were to influence society and the content of many artists work.

The early 1900´s were very significant in terms of cultural production. It was during this period that tango began to develop, and that the Florida group, the Boedo group and La Boca group were created. The first was characterized for paying special attention to style and looking to incorporate innovative vanguard uses of technique. Its members, including Jorge Luis Borges, Antonio Berni, Emilio Pettorutti and Xul Solar, amongst others, were from the upper classes and they regularly met at the Richmond Café on Florida Street (which has recently been closed down).  The Boedo group, which stood out more for its literature than its visual arts, was more interested in incorporating vanguard themes, generally from a left wing point of view.  Its most well known member was author Roberto Arlt.  Finally, La Boca group was made up of mostly Italian immigrants and developed a unique style with common themes being the port, the workers and immigrant neighborhoods.  It is amongst this last group that Benito Quinquela Martín is associated with.  Other important artists at the time were Fernando Fader, Raul Soldi who belonged to the Pintura Sensible tradition and Medardo Pantoja who portrayed the indigenous people, amongst many others.

Antonio Berni is one of Argentina’s most emblematic artists. He was a painter, an illustrator and an engraver and was influenced by the European cubists, surrealists and Dadaists. His style was mainly surrealist with an important social thematic that later developed into his defining style, Social Realism. He was also increasingly active from the thirties onwards as crises and political unrest took over the country. Amongst his most well known works are Desocupado, the Juanito Laguna and Ramona Montiel series, and one of the cupolas of the now Galerias Pacifico. A few of his paintings are displayed at the Muséo Nacional de Bellas Artes, the MALBA and Muséo de Artes Plásticas Eduardo Sivori.

(Manifestación, Antonio Berni, photo by Carlos Adampol)

Emilio Pettoruti was strongly influenced by cubism, futurism and abstract art. His first exhibit in the twenties caused a scandal as his art was nothing like the painting the locals were used to at the time about local customs and manners. He was interested in movement, light, technique and color and his painting were precise and geometric tending towards abstraction in his later work.  Many of his paintings can be found at the Muséo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

(Photo by Iliazd)

Xul Solar was a quirky and colorful character whose art reflected his interest in astrology, mythology and religion. His style resembles Paul Klee’s and he is considered to be a surrealist by some and a fantasy artist by others. He also invented a language and all sorts of games which he used to play with his friends, including Jorge Luis Borges who some point out as his literary parallel. The Xul Solar museum in Palermo displays many of his paintings and colorful inventions.

(Xul Solar, photo by the Wide Wide World)

Benito Quinquela Martin is an emblematic Argentine artist and is synonymous to La Boca. His colorful paintings of La Boca port have earned him international acclaim, and he is remembered locally for having founded the Pedro de Mendoza museum-school in La Boca with the profit he made from his paintings.  He himself was a port worker and was a self- taught artist.  He also popularized the use of bright colors for the facade of houses, which is one of the characteristics of the La Boca neighborhood even today. The Quinquela Martin museum in La Boca displays a large collection of his work.

( Photo by Pipistrula)

Read more about Argentine Art:

Argentine Pre Hispanic and Colonial Art

Nineteenth Century Argentine Art

Art Museums in Buenos Aires

Off the Beaten Path: Museo de Xul Solar

     

Art can sometimes be taken so seriously that all the fun is dragged out of it. If you tend towards a more playful approach to life, or if you are an art loving chess whiz, you will definitely love the Xul Solar museum. It not only exhibits this artists colorful metaphysical dreamlike paintings, but also some of his nutty but brilliant inventions, such as a new global language (he would have loved the internet!), and the Panjuego, a game which he made up and played with many of his friends including Borges whose books he sometimes illustrated.  Unfortunately for us, as the game changed every time it was played, there are no rules that specify how to go about it, otherwise we would be more than happy to challenge you to a Panjuego tournament in this lovely intimate art museum on a rainy afternoon!