A Short Guide to Buenos Aires Art Museums

These are some tips for art lovers so as not to be overwhelmed by the many and varied artistic offerings of Buenos Aires.

If you are into contemporary art, I recommend you go to Fundación Proa in La Boca, a modern touch that contrasts with the rich history of La Boca.  (Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929. Tel 4104-1000. Tue-Sun 11:00-19:00)

Centro Cultural Borges also offers a choice of local and international contemporary artists. (Viamonte and San Martin. Mon-Sat  10:00-21:00. Sun 12:00-21:00)

The many rooms of the Centro Cultural Recoleta  with its variety of samples, courses and festivals are a great choice after visiting the Recoleta flea market. (Junín 1930. Tel: 4803-1040. Tue-Fri  14:00-21:00. Sat-Sun 10:00-21:00)

Palais de Glace  opened in 1910 as an ice skating rink and is now a reference point of Argentine culture with important exhibitions of contemporary art. (Posadas 1725. Tel: 4804-1163. Tue-Fri 12:00-20:00. Sat-Mon 10:00-20:00)

For a Latin American panorama: Malba-Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires is a permanent exhibition of Latin American art from the early twentieth century to present.  It houses heavyweights like Berni, Do Amaral, Rivera, and Kahlo, among others. (Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415. Tel: 4808-6500. Wed-Mon 12:00-20:00)

If you prefer the smell of history I recommend the following museums:

National Museum Of Fine Arts . Its extensive permanent collection requires several stops to rest your feet. (Avenida del Libertador 1473. Tel: 5288-9918. Tue-Fri  12:30-19:30. Sat-Sun 9:30-19:30. Guided tours: Tue-Sun 16:00, 17:00, 18:00)

El Museo De Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fernández Blanco  houses one of the most important public collections of American colonial art in the world. (Suipacha 1422. Tel: 4327-0228. Tue-Fri 14:00-19:00. Sat-Sun and holidays 11:00-19:00)

The Benito Martin Quinquela Fine Arts Museum of Boca is one of the musts of La Boca neighborhood with great works and personal belongings of the Argentine artist Quinquela Martin. The museum also houses the only collection of figureheads (the sculptures on the bow of old ships) in Latin America. (Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1835. Tel: 4301-1080. Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00)

For a deeper approach to Argentine art, the collections of Museo De Artes Plásticas Eduardo Sívori cover successive generations of Argentine artists from the first half of the twentieth century to the present, reflecting the country’s rich artistic tradition.

This article was written by Eugenia Mendoza, an accomplished artist whose work can be seen at www.mendozaeugenia.blogspot.com

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