Buenos Aires’ Art Museums are an excellent approach road to Argentinean and Latin American culture. Within the canvas, a window opens to the interior of our complex societies. I propose you to combine the visit to two different museums whose collections may complement each other, in order to get into contact with diverse cultural trends and historical periods. I propose you three different museums, in order to combine two of them in one same tour according to your preference.
NOTE: These museums do not generally have explanations written in English, just in Spanish, that is why taking a personal guide is quite necessary to understand what you are seeing.
In order to get into the indepth of argentinian art see: Visit to a private workshop of a well known Argentinan artist, and organize it in advance!
Situated in a beautiful building just next to downtown, original mansion of Martín Noel, main figure of neocolonial architecture; the museum hosts, among others, the collection of expert Issac Fernández Blanco, who spent his entire life acquiring crafted pieces from the Viceroyalty of Río de la Plata (name given to the region under Spanish power which included the present territories of Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, Paraguay, North Chile and South Perú). The museum’s collection includes several exquisite silver and gold chalices, crosses, matesand other pieces of sacred and civil art, besides some extraordinary paintings.
From outside to inside, this modern and outstanding building situated in the heart of Palermo Chico is an attraction in itself. Its permanent collection hosts a unique variety of works of modern masters such as Antonio Berni, Xul Solar, Armando Reverón, Tarsila do Amaral, Frida Khalo, Diego Rivera, Wilfredo Lam, Roberto Matta and Gyula Kosice, to contemporary key figures such as Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Clark, Oscar Bony, Nicolás García Uriburu, León Ferrari and Francis Alÿs. MALBA is also a cultural center joining many artistic expressions such as literature, cinema and photography, among others.
Argentina’s National Gallery-. Its collection includes European art form the Middle Ages to the present, but, what is most important for us, it hosts an extraordinary selection of Argentinean art from the last two centuries. We will focus on this section of the Museum, to see historical paintings that portrait the customs and spirit of the gauchos and the indigenous people, as well as the work of some of the best nineteenth century artists, such as Cándido López and Prilidiano Pueyrredón. In the twentieth century section, we will appreciate paintings, sculptures, installations and objects by internationally renowned artists such as Antonio Berni, Tomás Maldonado, Julio Le Parc, Alberto Greco, Marta Minujin, Liliana Porter, Víctor Grippo and Guillermo Kuitca, but also of less known but great artists such as Juan Battle Planas, Jorge de la Vega, Edgardo Giménez, Pablo Suárez and Alfredo Prior.
If organized in advance, a visit to a private workshop of a well known artist could be combined with the visit to one museum. This will give you the “unique oportunity” of meeting a contemporary Argentinian artist and possibly, and only if you wish, acquire an art piece in the very moment, out of galleries and art dealers.