Art in Buenos Aires: The 6 most important museums

Do you want to get started in the Buenos Aires artistic universe? Coordinates guide of key art spaces in the city.

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Art in Buenos Aires: The 6 most important museums

Mar 15, 2016

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Do you want to get started in the Buenos Aires artistic universe? Coordinates guide of key art spaces in the city.

1- MALBA

It is the first museum you have to visit. The Museum of Latin American Art stands out both for its heritage as for its always calling temporary exhibitions, multitudinous and cosmopolitan. MALBA opened in 2001, and its permanent collection has about 500 works of contemporary art belonging to Frida Kahlo, Tarsila Do Amaral, Antonio Berni, Diego Rivera and Lygia Clark, among other prominent artists. Its rooms have showed the works of Andy Warhol, Mapplethorpe and Lichtenstein, as well as the work of Yayoi Kusama, Mario Testino and David LaChapelle.

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During the visit you should admire the beauty of the building emerged from an international competition. In the museum there is also a cinema, a coffee store, a gift shop and a bookstore. Do not leave without admiring four of its masterpieces: “Abaporu”, by Tarsila Do Amaral; “Self-portrait with parrot”, by Frida Kahlo; “Cubist portrait of Ramon Gomez de la Serna”, by Diego Rivera, and “The Demostration” by Antonio Berni. It opens Thursday through Monday from 12 pm to 8 pm. On Wednesday it closes at 9 pm. www.malba.org.ar





2- MNBA

After the visit to Malba, it is mandatory to walk a few blocks to the center of the city and take a tour of the “National Fine Arts Museum”, which offers a wonderful collection built on donations of illustrious families. With a collection of works composed mostly of European art, the visit is a great opportunity to see original Degas, Modigliani, Gauguin, Picasso, Sisley, Manet and Rodin, to name a few key authors. What you cannot miss: “Surprised Nymph” by Manet; “Waking Maid” by Eduardo Sivori; “The return of malón” by Angel Della Valle and “Indolent women” by Guttero, along with “Painted Wars” by Candido Lopez. You can visit MNBA from Tuesday to Friday from 12:30 pm to 8:30 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 am to 8:30 pm. Admission is free every day. www.mnba.gob.ar 


3- MNAD

Admired from outside by Libertador Avenue, the “Museum of Decorative Arts” in Buenos Aires is actually a very beautiful French neoclassical palace that once belonged to the Errazuriz family. However, even though many are fans of the restaurant -Croque Madame- very few know that the Enlightenment belongs only to the facade and that its interiors refer to dark and breathtaking Spanish medieval aesthetic. But the important thing is that in its catalog you can see priceless works like a Greco, an adorable collection of miniatures, Gobelins, tapestries and dreamed furniture, along with a series of portraits of the Errazuriz´s made by Sorolla. It can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday from 2 pm to 7 pm. www.mnad.org. Avenida del Libertador 1902.



4- Fortabat Collection

The south of the city welcomes us in Dock 4 of Madero Este where the building that houses the Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat art collection rises. When christen the gallery, the multimillionaire entrepreneur decided to avoid the concept of museum although, in practice, function as such. Before starting the tour, you must admire the architecture. There is an arched roof made of glass and steel that surrounds one of the margins of construction and which controls the entry of natural light through a sophisticated system of sunshades located on the outside of the glass dome. Below, four levels at which there are more than 200 works of different styles, countries and periods that were acquired by his former owner, who died in 2012. Rodin, Warhol, Dali, Chagall, Renoir, Miro are arranged, Berni, Quinquela Martin, Pérez Celis, Soldi and Xul Solar, among other names, are part of its catalog. You cannot miss “Juliet and her nurse” by Joseph Mallord William Turner; “The herd” by Fernando Fader, and “The Portrait” by Amalita signed by Andy Warhol. It is open Tuesday to Sunday from 12 to 8 pm. www.coleccionfortabat.org.ar. Olga Cossettini 141.

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5- MAMBA

Also in the southern part of the city, in the neighborhood of Barracas, the “Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art” offers a tour of Argentina artistic avant-garde, from the forties to the present, both visual art and photography and design. It was created in 1956 and reopened in 2010 after the appreciation of the original building: a construction inspired by English architecture of the nineteenth century, characterized by its iron structure, large openings and brick facade view. It features a panorama of international artists like Matisse, Picasso, Miró, Kandinsky and Mondrian, who actually come to contextualize the work of referents of national artistic movements: Pettorutti, Xul Solar, Berni, Polessello, Segui, Macchi and Kuitca to mention some of the names that make up the heritage of a new museum with history. It can be visited from Tuesday to Friday from 11am to 7 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 8 pm. Avenida San Juan 350. www.museos.buenosaires.gob.ar

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6- MACBA

Its super modern glazed facade contrasts with its unmediated neighbor: the building where the Mamba works. The “Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires” dedicated exclusively to exhibiting works of abstract and geometric style belonging to what is called optical and kinetic art, a movement with a strong influence on Argentine territory. The space houses the private collection of Aldo Rubino, the largest broker of private banking Wells Fargo Bankque, consisting of an extensive series of works where abstraction and geometry are the protagonists. There are pieces of Gyula Kosice, Julio Le Parc, Luis Tomasello living with some of the masters of international abstract current as Victor Vasarely, Walter Leblanc and Mack Heinz, among the dozens of names that occur in its catalog full of colors and shapes. Open Monday to Friday from 12 pm to 7 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 7.30 pm. www.macba.com.ar 





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