Even a tourist from Des Moines knows Buenos Aires is well-known for cafés, nightlife, and tango. The capital is also rich in history, and the art scene which flourishes in the city’s museums. But don’t look for ‘Fantastic Art Exhibits to See in 2017’. The Argentine government from 2001 until 2015 depleted the coffers of any pesos intended for the arts. The situation changed in December 2015 when Mauricio Macri was elected the new ‘El Presidente’. Here are four art museums, privately funded, that are on most everyone’s must-see list.
The Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires
Highlights at The Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires are continuing collections by Argentina’s Emilio Pettoruti, Matta, and Vega. Over the years, the museum has welcomed touring exhibits by Warhol, Testino, and Jusama. The gallery is accessible every day but Tuesday, and the fee is discounted 50 per cent on Wednesday.
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
MNBA is a slight walk from MALBA and is home to almost 13,000 works covering Argentina art from the 1800s. Rodin, Goy, and Van Gogh are the featured painters, while another highlight is on the museum’s top floor — an open-air sculpture display. Open each day except Monday; there is no admission fee.
Coleccion de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat
On the Rio de Plata riverbank, the Coleccion has a waterside seat in barrio Puerto Madero. The CAALF showcases 20th century art of Argentina from the 1600s through to the present day. Numerous objects were bequeathed by Amalia Fortabat, one of Argentina’s richest women. A visitor can view work by Chagall, Dali, Rodin and more. Open every day, except Monday; tours are available with the price of a ticket.
Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires
The permanent collection at Buenos Aires Modern Art Museum displays roughly 7,000 pieces from throughout the world. International masters include Kandinsky, Matisse, and Picasso. Antonio Segui is one of the Argentine artists shown in the building which is a transformed tobacco factory. Open each day, except Monday. There is no entry fee on Tuesdays.
Museo Historico Nacional
While it isn’t an art museum, Museo Historico Nacional — National Historical Museum – is just four blocks away and features relics related to Argentina’s War of Independence and the May Revolution. The museum has over 50,000 pieces. Components were collected from donations from relatives of important figures in Buenos Aires and Argentine history. Included are exhibits of regalia, furnishings and documents which belonged to José de San Martín, the South American liberator. Artworks and paintings by Echeverria, Lopez and Pueyrredon, all Argentine artists, are shown as well. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
Museo Historico Nacional, Defensa 1600, 1143 Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4307 1182