Destination: Argentina: Buenos Aires
ALSO SEE: Gallery Florencia Braga Menendez.
Coleccion de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat
Buenos Aires’ newest museum opened in October 2008 and is tipped to become one of the premier arts destinations in the city. Over two hundred works of art from Argentine and international artists are exhibited in 6800 square-meters of space on six floors encased under an enormous glass dome. The works are split into two distinct groups with an emphasis on a chronological narrative in the Argentine art and a broader thematic collection from artists around the globe. Located in hip Puerto Madero, the building was designed and built by New York architects Rafael Viñoly reflecting the young, modern community who inhabit this part of the city. There is a shop, café (that is now open for dinner) and guided tours (in Spanish) at 3pm and 5pm daily. Tip: you can pre-book guided tours in English by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Open Tue-Sun, adults $15, children and students $8.
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This contemporary art center in the La Boca area is currently closed for a major expansion project but it will reopen in 2008. When it reopens mid-year, there are plans to host the first major retrospective of the work of Marcel Duchamp.
This wonderful art museum celebrates the diversity of Latin American art and is largely the labor of one man’s passion for art. Eduardo F. Costantini spearheaded the creation of this institution, which is dedicated to showcasing the best of Latin American art. He donated many of the pieces of art from his own collection along with funds to support education and exhibition programs. Among the works in the permanent collection are paintings by Fernando Botero, Frida Kalho, Diego Rivera and Wifredo Lam. Three young Argentine architects were selected to design the builiding that houses the museum, and it has become a beloved gathering place for the city’s students and art lovers.
Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo
The legacy of two influential, 18th-century Argentinean families, the Museum of Decorative Arts is housed in what was once the Errazuriz-Alvear family residence. Throughout their travels, the families acquired a valuable collection of both European and Oriental works of art. The extensive collection includes arms, miniatures, sculpture, porcelain, tapestries, furniture and art. The interiors pay homage to a variety of classic European designs: Tudor, Neo-Classical, Baroque, Rococo and the Hercules Room of the Versailles Palace.
Museo Nacional de Belles Artes
This national museum of fine art houses Argentina’s largest collection of 19th- and 20th-century Argentine art by some of the past century’s biggest names (Xul Solar, Eduardo Sivori, et al.) and, on the first floor, works by Rodin, Rousseau, Goya and El Greco. Open Tuesday-Friday 12:30 P.M.–7:30 P.M., Saturday and Sunday 9:30 A.M.–7:30 P.M.; closed Monday.
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