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Teatro Colón: Joya de Buenos Aires

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 7:42

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Cruzar la puerta del Teatro Col√≥n es comenzar un viaje en el tiempo hacia principios del siglo pasado, cuando Buenos Aires construy√≥ sus obras arquitect√≥nicas m√°s imponentes y se consolid√≥ como una verdadera ciudad europea en Sudam√©rica. Ubicado en pleno centro de la ciudad, el Teatro Col√≥n es considerado uno de los mejores teatros del mundo y es un enorme orgullo para todos los porte√Īos. El edificio actual fue inaugurado el 25 de mayo de 1908 con la √≥pera Aida de Giuseppe Verdi y, desde ese momento hasta hoy, los artistas m√°s prestigiosos de la √≥pera y la danza a nivel mundial han pasado por el escenario del Col√≥n.

En lo que queda 2014 se presentarán las óperas Falstaff, Elektra y Madama Butterfly y las piezas de ballet Giselle y El Cascanueces, entre otras. Las entradas pueden conseguirse en Internet o en la boletería del Teatro a partir de los AR$80. También puede conocerse el Teatro por dentro a través de visitas guiadas que salen todos los días cada 15 minutos: allí puede aprenderse un poco más sobre su historia y explorar todos sus rincones.

¬°Si est√°s en Buenos Aires no te pierdas este lugar √ļnico!

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La historia de Mafalda

Thursday, June 26, 2014 11:49

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El 29 de Setiembre de 1964 debut√≥ oficialmente como tira “Mafalda”, en la revista “Primera Plana”. Sin embargo, el personaje en s√≠ hab√≠a sido creado en 1963. Seg√ļn Joaqu√≠n Salvador Lavado (Quino), autor de “Mafalda”, todo empez√≥ por casualidad: “En realidad Mafalda iba a ser una historieta para promocionar una nueva l√≠nea de electrodom√©sticos llamada Mansfield. La agencia Agnes Publicidad le encarg√≥ el trabajo a Miguel Brasc√≥, pero como √©l ten√≠a otros compromisos, me lo pas√≥ a m√≠. Esto fue en 1963. Pero la campa√Īa nunca se hizo y las ocho tiras que dibuj√© quedaron guardadas en un caj√≥n. Hasta que al a√Īo siguiente Juli√°n Delgado, secretario de redacci√≥n de “Primera Plana”, me pidi√≥ una historieta. Entonces rescat√© esas tiras y bueno, ah√≠ empez√≥ todo.

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Mafalda que, con los a√Īos se transformar√≠a en un estandarte de lucha por la igualdad social, llevaba sus polleras bien puestas. Quino dice hoy d√≠a: “-¬ŅPor qu√© mujer? No lo s√©. Al principio uno no se detiene a pensar en esas cosas.-“. El dibujante tampoco se hab√≠a puesto a pensar, tres d√©cadas atr√°s, que las ideas de esta ni√Īa tan ingeniosa como irreverente, tan reflexiva como¬†contestataria, iban a recorrer el¬†mundo. El mensaje de Mafalda sigue manteniendo la misma dosis de genialidad.

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Luego de publicarse en la revista “Primera Plana”, pas√≥ al diario “El Mundo” (de Buenos Aires) desde el d√≠a 15 de Marzo de 1965. Dos a√Īos despu√©s, cuando este diario cerr√≥, Mafalda y sus amigos debieron tomarse vacaciones durante un tiempo. Durante unos seis meses no hubo tiras nuevas. Por ese entonces¬†Quino¬†realizaba una p√°gina de humor en el semanario “Siete D√≠as Ilustrados” y la publicaci√≥n decide reemplazarla incorporando a Mafalda, que aparece el 2 de junio de 1968.
En cuanto al ex√≥tico nombre de “Mafalda”, surgi√≥ de la versi√≥n cinematogr√°fica de la novela “Dar la cara”, de David Vi√Īas. En una escena de esa pel√≠cula aparece una beba dentro de un mois√©s que se llama as√≠, y Quino adopt√≥ el nombre, ya que le pareci√≥ alegre. El autor jam√°s imagin√≥ que ese ser diminuto y genial, con una inteligencia y sagacidad inmune a los razonamientos adultos y apenas rodeada de un apropiado universo infantil, elevar√≠a la historieta a la categor√≠a de “cuentos morales”. Sus historietas fueron gui√Īos hacia los estereotipos de Argentina y del mundo en el momento, retratando diferentes aspectos del g√©nero humano.
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Con una exacta dosis de simpleza y profundidad, Mafalda se convirtió en el personaje de historieta que más significa hoy para los argentinos.
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Mafalda, en cuarenta a√Īos de existencia, traspas√≥ no s√≥lo fronteras sino tambi√©n los estrechos m√°rgenes de las tiras para convertirse en un personaje m√°s de la realidad. Debido al gran √©xito de este personaje se han hecho a lo largo de los a√Īos innumerables cantidades de art√≠culos sobre ella como ser mu√Īecas, remeras, accesorios, vasos, etc.
Es de hacer notar que, a lo largo de la serie, el dibujo de Mafalda fue cambiando (y evolucionando), tal como lo mostramos a continuación:
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Fuente: Los orígenes y la historia de Mafalda

El Ministerio de Cultura de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires presenta Quino por Mafalda, una muestra en homenaje al humorista argentino Quino. Más informaciones, acá.

Parque Centenario

Monday, June 9, 2014 12:07

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Parque Centenario¬†es la denominaci√≥n que recibe un espacio verde ¬†que se encuentra ubicado en el centro geogr√°fico de la¬†Ciudad Aut√≥noma de Buenos Aires, entre las avenidas¬†D√≠az V√©lez, Patricias Argentinas, Leopoldo Marechal y¬†√Āngel Gallardo, en el barrio de¬†Caballito.
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Su creación fue decidida por el Concejo Deliberante de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires mediante Ordenanza del 14 de mayo de 1909. Fue inaugurado con motivo de los festejos del Centenario Argentino de la Revolución de Mayo, en 1910, ya que hasta ese momento se trataba de una zona de descampados que sobrevivían en una ciudad en rápido crecimiento.

El proyecto del parque fue obra del arquitecto argentino Carlos Thays, creador de gran parte de los espacios verdes de Buenos Aires.

En 1953, fue inaugurado el anfiteatro Eva Perón, donde se realizaron festivales de verano y actividades al aire libre.
Ten√≠a capacidad para 10.000 espectadores y su escenario estaba techado por tres arcos¬†parab√≥licos, pero se incendi√≥ en¬†1959. Alguno tiempo despu√©s¬†el parque fue completamente reformado, y en su centro (donde antes se hab√≠a levantado el anfiteatro) se construy√≥ un lago artificial, que permaneci√≥ seco durante a√Īos.

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El abandono del parque fue preocupante hasta que se remodel√≥ nuevamente y se restaur√≥, inaugur√°ndose las obras en¬†2006.¬†Sin embargo, a los pocos meses el estado de deterioro del parque era serio nuevamente, y los trabajos no se hab√≠an concluido a√ļn.

Finalmente, en¬†2009¬†y luego de cuatro a√Īos de obras, el jefe de gobierno¬†Mauricio Macri¬†inaugur√≥ un nuevo y moderno anfiteatro, con capacidad para 1.600 personas sentadas.

Ya había ido al Parque Centenario?
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Fuerzabruta

Thursday, February 20, 2014 12:26

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Grupo Argentino – Fuerzabruta

 

Diqui James uno de los dos fundadores de De La Guarda, y Gaby Kerpel, compositor musical, inician un nuevo proyecto con el objetivo de crear una compa√Ī√≠a creativa e innovadora.

A la apuesta se suman Alejandro Garcia, es la direcci√≥n t√©cnica, y Fabio D¬īAquila, es la coordinaci√≥n general, ambos tambi√©n ex integrantes de De La Guarda y al fines del 2003 nace Fuerzabruta.

El espectáculo se origina en el fondo del océano, en el fondo de los vasos, en el caminar por la vereda.

El conjunto de actores y compositores, junto con la m√ļsica y los efectos, estimulan al p√ļblico para participar en la acci√≥n teatral.

Las acciones del p√ļblico y su comportamiento, hacen el espect√°culo, pues la reacci√≥n espont√°nea del p√ļblico condiciona los dem√°s elementos para que sean m√°s contundentes.

No hay superproducción, todo lo que es utilizado en el espectáculo se compone de materiales simples, pero de manera tan creativa que produce un efecto espectacular.

 

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Museo Evita de Buenos Aires

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 14:02

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La Entrada del Museo Evita

Cuando llegues a Buenos Aires,¬†te vas a dar cuenta inmediatamente de que esta ciudad es el centro cultural vibrante del pa√≠s.¬† Hay un raz√≥n por la que la ciudad es conocida como ‚Äúla Par√≠s de Sudam√©rica‚ÄĚ.

La ciudad de Buenos Aires tiene cientos de museos, exhibiciones culturales, y espectáculos.  Uno de estos sitios históricos, el Museo Evita, está ubicado en el  lindo barrio de Palermo, muy cerca del Zoológico de Buenos Aires.

Un día, después de sus clases y antes de sus actividades de la noche, debes usar el subte para visitar este museo.

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Eva Peron

Eva “Evita” Per√≥n¬†tiene un sitio especial en los corazones y las mentes de la gente de Argentina.¬† Ella era muy popular y era la segunda esposa de Coronel Juan Per√≥n, el presidente de la Argentina desde 1946 hasta 1955, y una vez m√°s desde 1973 hasta 1974, cuando regres√≥ al poder despu√©s de un golpe de estado militar en el pa√≠s.¬† Antes de su temprana muerte por causada por c√°ncer en 1952 cuando ten√≠a 33 a√Īos, Eva Per√≥n asumi√≥ un papel populista dominante en la conciencia pol√≠tica y social de la Argentina.¬†¬† Ella hab√≠a servido como primera dama de la Argentina y fue una activista del feminismo dentro del partido Peronista¬†de su marido.¬† Eva Per√≥n es recordada como una gran impulsora de los derechos laborales y de la de las mujeres.

El Museo Evita está dedicado a inmortalizar la vida y los logros de Evita.  La colección permanente del museo incluye artículos de cada época de la vida de Perón.  Además, el museo ofrece exposiciones temporales que ponen de relieve rasgos diferentes del arte contemporáneo fijado en Evita.

El precio para entrar el museo es de solamente 20 pesos.

Información importante sobre el museo:

-         Dirección: Lafinur 2988, Buenos Aires (a la esquina de  Lafinur y Juan María Gutiérrez)

-¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† N√ļmero de tel√©fono: +54 11 4807-0306

-         Horario: El museo está abierto martes hasta domingos de 11:00 hasta 19:00

-         Ruta de subte: Línea D, estación Plaza Italia (por Av. Santa Fe)

-         Colectivos: 12, 29, 36, 39, 55, 68, 111, 152  (por Av. Santa Fe) 10, 15, 37, 41, 59, 60, 64, 93, 95, 108, 110, 118, 128, 141, 160 y 188  (por  Av. Las Heras)

-         Sitio web: http://www.museoevita.org/

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Colección Permanente del Museo Evita

Evita Peron Museum of Buenos Aires

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 12:23

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Entrance to the Evita Peron Museum 

Upon your arrival in Buenos Aires, you will quickly realize that it is the vibrant cultural hub of the entire nation.¬† There is a reason why the city is affectionately nicknamed ‚Äúthe Paris of South America.‚ÄĚ

The city boasts hundreds of museums, cultural exhibitions, and shows.¬† One of these historic sites, the Evita Peron Museum ‚Äď ‚ÄúMuseo Evita‚ÄĚ in Spanish ‚Äď is nestled in the residential neighborhood of Palermo, very close to the Buenos Aires Zoo.

One day, after your classes and before your evening activities, you should hop on the subway and head over to the museum.

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Eva Peron

Eva ‚ÄúEvita‚ÄĚ Peron has a special place in the hearts and minds of the Argentine people.¬† She was the popular second wife of Colonel Juan Peron, who served as the president of Argentina from 1946 until 1955 and again in 1973 until 1974 following a military coup.¬† Before her untimely death from cancer in 1952 at the age of 33, Eva Peron assumed a commanding populist role in the political and social consciousness of Argentina.¬†¬† She served as the First Lady and was active in the founding of the feminist wing of the Perronist party of her husband.¬†¬† Eva Peron is remembered as a champion of labor rights and female empowerment.

The Evita Peron Museum is dedicated to immortalizing the life and accomplishments of Evita.  The museum’s  permanent collection includes items from all stages of Peron’s life.  Additionally, the museum offers temporary exhibits that highlight various types of contemporary art focused on Evita.

The price to enter the museum is only 20 pesos.

Important information about the museum:

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Address: Lafinur 2988, Buenos Aires (at the corner of Lafinur and Juan Mar√≠a Guti√©rrez)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Telephone: +54 11 4807-0306

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Schedule: Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11:00 until 19:00

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Subway route: D Line (green line), Plaza Italia station (via Av. Santa Fe)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Buses: 12, 29, 36, 39, 55, 68, 111, 152¬† (via Av. Santa Fe) 10, 15, 37, 41, 59, 60, 64, 93, 95, 108, 110, 118, 128, 141, 160 y 188¬† (via Av. Las Heras)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Website: http://www.museoevita.org/

 

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Permanent Collection in the Evita Peron Museum 

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Argentine Films and Improving Your Spanish

Monday, March 25, 2013 15:06

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After a total time of 6 months mostly studying Spanish in Buenos Aires, I can say with confidence that my language skills have improved way more than I thought they ever would. Despite learning heaps of different tenses and grammatical formations in the Expanish classroom that are absolutely mandatory to forming good habits, it is equally beneficial to practice speaking and listening as much as possible.

Since coming here, the listening aspect of my language development has by far been the most challenging and I am still having to ask people to repeat themselves up to 3 times sometimes. This can get quite tough on the self esteem, but the important thing to remember is that learning a language definitely takes time, patience and for me a whole lot of concentrated, screwed-up-face, holding my ears out sort of moments with locals.

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Luckily I now have a TV which airs both shows and movies in¬†Spanish¬†audio, and/or English audio with Spanish subtitles, depending on the channel. Listening to these types of media (and also radio) in Spanish is in my opini√≥n just awesome in building knowledge in sentence ¬†structure and vocabulary. It is an amazing feeling once you get to the stage where you recognize more words than not. However, don¬īt feel bad if you really WANT to watch¬†Friends¬†in English-sometimes I think our brains just want the familiar option and luckily, you can always follow along with the Spanish subtitles. I am currently at an intermediate level and have only quite recently been able to start really grasping the technicalities of some speech on TV. If you are at a lower level and can do this with ease, I applaud you, you are amazing to keep up with the speed!!

 

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HBO Channel, Argentina

So, next I would advise to find a movie that you are happy to watch a million times. This could obviously take a little bit of research, but to help, further down the blog I have made a list of a few great Argentina films made in the last few years. After choosing your film, watch it a few times with the English subtitles on until you are well acquainted with the plot. After this, start watching the movie, leaving the English subtitles on for comfort but focusing more on the speech and only looking down every now and then. After doing this a few times more, switch the subtitles to Spanish. OK, now watch it every day if you have the time. Watch until you are just so damned sick of the thing. Somewhere along the line, hopefully you will feel confident enough to turn off the subtitles all together. See how you go! I recommend starting off with kids/Young adult movies as generally the speech is not quite as rapid (apparently the website NetFlix is quite useful).

 

Here are some Latin-American films that have been recommended to me by other travellers learning Spanish:

 

BAJO LA MISMA LUNA

A drama about immigration (big in Latin American films these days), but it’s a lot more heartwarming. The story has few characters, and revolves around a little boy, so the vocabulary and dialogue is also easy to follow.

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Bajo La Misma Luna

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In a forgotten Mexico Tita and Pedro fall in love, but are forbidden to marry. Mama Elena sees Tita’s role as her caretaker for life – no youngest daughter has ever married and her daughter will not be the first to break tradition. Tita’s heart breaks when her mother instead offers to Pedro her other daughter, and he accepts. Now they live in the same house, and Mama Elena cannot forbid their love as she did their marriage.

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Like Water for Chocolate

Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN

In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.

MARIA FULL OF GRACE

Quiet, yet packed drama. The dialogue isn’t too quick or confusing. The plot is also easy to follow. It addresses a darker side of South American (Colombian) culture, but it’s great over all. Very bittersweet.

 

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Maria Full of Grace

 

Here are some award-winning Argentine movies you may be interested in:

 

ANITA (2010)

The odyssey of a young woman with Down Syndrome, lost and friendless in Buenos Aires after a terrorist attack tears her neighborhood apart.

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Anita, Buenos Aires

 

 FLACAS VACAS (2012)

An irony-filled comedy, Lean Mean Cows unravels the complexities of unhealthy friendships that have long-passed their use-by date.

CAUTIVA (2011)

Cautiva follows a lost daughter’s emotional journey to uncover truth while touching upon the many political issues of the dictatorship era with passion and realism.

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Cautiva

TODOS TENEMOS UN PLAN- EVERYBODY HAS A PLAN (2012, Viggo Mortensen)

It tells the story of Agust√≠n (Mortensen), a man desperate to abandon what for him has become, after years of living in Buenos Aires, a very frustrating existence. After the death of his twin brother, Pedro, Agust√≠n decides to start a new life, adopting the identity of his brother and returning to the mysterious region of the Delta, in theTigre, where they lived when they were boys. However, shortly after his return, Agust√≠n will find himself unwillingly involved in the dangerous criminal world that was a part of his brother’s life.

 

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Enjoy watching everyone!

Architectural Styles in Buenos Aires

Thursday, May 17, 2012 13:47

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Architecture in Argentina is made up of a variety of styles and designs which actually paints a portrait of Argentina’s history and culture. The overall style of a neighborhood can tell you a lot about when it was built and the people who built it. We can divide styles of the buildings of the neighborhoods of Buenos Aires in to three: neoclassical, art nouveau and art deco.

NEOCLASSICAL
Neoclassical architecture is one of the most recognizable styles in Buenos Aires. Neoclassical buildings dominated the world’s major cities from the 1860s through the 1920s. You can see it almost everywhere in Buenos Aires, on the city’s landmark public buildings, schools, hospitals and banks.

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Typical characteristic of Neoclassical architecture would be; columns, domes, arched windows and doors, triangular facades, and layouts that emphasize hierarchies of space. Famous examples of this type of architecture in Buenos Aires include¬†the National Congress¬†and its green dome,¬†the Governor’s Palace, the¬†Teatro Colon, and the¬†Galerias Pacifico.

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Neighborhood versions of neoclassical architecture can be seen in Recoleta and Microcentro. These neighborhoods are often a mix of both Italian classical styles and French “Academic” styles. You’ll find iconic French windows, arched and pedimented doors, and buildings with grand staircases and entrances, which enriches the scenery of Buenos Aires.

ART NOUVEAU
Art nouveau is the style that defined the turn of 20th century in major cities all over the world. This style is exemplified by curving natural lines and asymmetrical organization. Feminine figures, flowers, plants and animals dominate their facades. It emphasized art for the masses so the style permeated a range of buildings in the city.

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Famous examples of art nouveau architecture in Buenos Aires include the Palacio Barolo, a design inspired by the cosmology of Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” and the Molino Confectionary, the storied coffeehouse next to the Argentine National Congress. There’s lots of art nouveau neighborhood architecture in Balvanera. The neighborhood is also where art nouveau master Virginio Colombo lived and worked. You’ll find two of his “rent houses” facing each other on Hipolito Yrigoyen Street and farther down a beautiful shoe factory that’s now a parking garage as one of the best examples of art nouveau architecture in Buenos Aires.

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ART DECO
Another important architecture style often seen in Buenos Aires is Art deco, which debuted in France in 1925 and became all the rage beginning in the Depression era and spanning through 1940. Prominent examples of art deco architecture in Buenos Aires include the Kavanagh Building, South America’s tallest skyscraper at the time it was built, and the Abasto Market, the old immigrant fruit and vegetable market (now a shopping mall) in Carlos Gardel’s old neighborhood. Art deco is mixed throughout most parts of Buenos Aires. All you have to do is just look for those geometric shapes and hard lines in the building facades.

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Of course there are many more different styles, buildings and neighborhoods in this beautiful city, but this summary provides the basics that you will find on an average block in Buenos Aires. So now you can put on your trekking shoes and go for a walk to see some of those marvelous architecture pieces!

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Expanish’s Favourite Tours in Buenos Aires

Monday, December 12, 2011 14:59

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So you’ve got a spare few days in Buenos Aires and are wondering what to do…well why not take a tour? Buenos Aires is full of numerous different tours to do, and we’ve decided to create a list of Expanish’s top ones to make the most of your stay in Buenos Aires…

  • Of course, the classic tour which can be found in every city all over the world is the bus tour. And Buenos Aires is no different ‚Äď there are a couple of ones which offer great tours, stopping off at all the major sightseeing points of Buenos Aires.

http://www.buenosairesbus.com/en/ Рwith 20 different stops, you’ll   be sure to get a good feel of the city.

http://www.lopentour.com.ar/ – this company offers 4 different routes ‚Äď a north circuit, a south circuit, a night time tour and a Porte√Īo tour.

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  • If you are feeling like something a little more strenuous, then there are also plenty of companies which offer walking tours around Buenos Aires. One of the best we‚Äôve found is http://www.buenostours.com/ which offers walking tours around the city in private groups. All of the guides are UK or US expats so not only know the city well but also speak English and Spanish fluently.¬†
  • For those of you looking to save the pennies (or centavos!), but are happy to do group tours, there is a company which runs group tours around Buenos Aires called http://www.bafreetour.com/. They offer a range of different tours, such as the ‚Äėcity tour‚Äô or the ‚Äėaristocratic city tour‚Äô which takes you around to show the contrast between the different areas in Buenos Aires. They also offer a tour to the famous ‚ÄėMataderos‚Äô market where every Sunday you get to see the traditional performances from Gauchos who come to display their horsemanship with special shows and dances.
  • If you feel like venturing out of the centre of the city but don‚Äôt have time to go too far then why not go to Tigre where there are numerous things to do such as canoeing on the delta. Expanish is a big fan of Bike It! (http://www.bikeit.com.ar/) which offers great tours where you can actually bike to Tigre and then do a canoeing tour around the deltas when you get there.
  • If you have not discovered this already, then you soon will upon arriving in Buenos Aires, but Tango is a huge part of the culture in Buenos Aires. Consequently, you will find a huge number of ‚Äėtango experiences‚Äô all around the city. It‚Äôs definitely worth doing one, but just be careful you choose an authentic one which is not too touristy.

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  • For the history fans amongst you, why not do a tour of the city whilst learning about Argentina‚Äôs icon, Evita. Not only will you get to see a bit of the city, but you can also learn about her life as you visit the new Evita museum (http://museoevita.org/en/) as well as various sites around the city.

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  • For those looking for something slightly different, there is now a company which offers ‚ÄėGrafitti Tours‚Äô around Buenos Aires. Street art is now becoming an important part of the culture of Buenos Aires. As you will have noticed, you can barely walk a block without seeing some sort of graffiti, particularly in Palermo and San Telmo. If you feel like branching out from the standard tour then have a look at what this Grafitti Mundo offers – http://graffitimundo.com. They also offer workshops where you can have a go yourself!

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Expanish guide to art galleries in Buenos Aires

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 12:10

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One of the things we’re most commonly asked by our culture hungry Spanish students at Expanish Spanish school,¬†is what are the best art galleries to visit.¬†Luckily,¬†Expanish is¬†based in¬†the cultural hub of Argentina, Buenos Aires,¬†a city that is¬†home of some killer museums and the best part is that some are free or really low cost. Here’s the Expanish Spanish school blog guide to some of the best.

When the weekend starts every porte√Īo thinks about the best option to appropriate the City for him/herself during the free time. It is a kind of democratic exercise but it is a kind of jealousy also “The museum is for everyone(mine), and access to culture is a right, so I’m gonna use it!” then you can see flocks of families, groups of friends, couples, etc…taking the two options: To the north, Recoleta-Palermo, to the south San Telmo-La Boca to invade it. Many of them maybe have not idea about art, but they want to be part of it, to experience what is happening out there. It is something that define “el alma porte√Īa”.

Let’s see this 5 important art spots distributed in this 2 areas;

First of all some gallery gems in the North:

Just to start (and the most re-known option) Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes has an impressive gallery of paintings by Monet, Renoir, and the like, as well as works by Argentina’s own premier artists, such as Sivori, Berni, Pettoruti among others.

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The ground floor, which is 2,000 m2, is primarily to show the collections of international art from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. An important specialized art library, whose current wealth is more than 150,000 pieces, complete the room that is projected onto the park boundaries. At the reception, an art library offers visitors updated bibliography while the boutique from the Asociación de Amigos (Friends Association) offers the catalogs of exhibitions, reproductions of works and design souvenirs.

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes is open from Tuesday to Friday from 12:30 to 20:30 hs and Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 hs to 20:30 hs

Telephone: 5288-9900

Address: Avda. Libertador 1473.

Admission is free.

MALBA

Buenos Aires‚Äô museum of Latin american art, Malba‚Äôs collection focuses on art produced in Latin America during the 20th Century, and is made up of a group of over two hundred and seventy works by Argentinean and Latin American artists. Anyway It is an “avant gard” exhibition space in Buenos Aires and one can see masterpieces and performances from all around the globe also.

It is an institutional collection that is the patrimony of the Eduardo F. Costantini Foundation, It is not free, but it worth it. Most of its works were donated by Malba’s founder, issuing from the collection he brought together largely during the eighties and nineties. During the museum’s three years of public operation, its patrimony has grown, thanks to its acquisition program and to the generous donations received from artists as well as artists’ family members and individual donors.

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MALBA is open from Thursdays to Mondays and on holidays from 12:00 to 20:00 hs and on Wednesdays until 21:00

Admission tickets prices:

From Thursday to Monday: $22

Wednesday: $10

info@malba.org.ar

Telephone: 4808-6500

Address: Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415

Centro Cultural Recoleta

The Centro Cultural Recoleta has various areas for the performing of plays and dance shows, concerts, book presentations, conferences and round tables, plastic arts exhibitions, among others. It also has outdoor spaces equipped for holding concerts, parades and plays. Every four months, it offers courses, workshops on visual arts, performing arts, photography, dance, literature and workshops specially tailored for people with special needs. Within its facilities works the “Museo Participativo de Ciencias” (Participative Museum of Sciences), a space dedicated to counseling, training and production of interactive educational experiences.

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The Centro Cultural Recoleta is open from Monday to Friday from 14:00 to 21:00 hs and Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10:00 to 21:00 hs

Address: Junín 1930

Telephone: 4803-1040

Admission is free.

Going South, Both “Republics” (as people so called their neighborhoods) San Telmo and La Boca have pearls to discover:

MAMBA

The Buenos Aires‚Äô museum of modern art was founded in 1956 by Rafael Squirru for critical debate. The works of Jackson Pollock, William De Kooning, Franz Klein, Jean Fautrier, Karel Appel, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Le Corbusier, and Candido Portinari have all populated the museum, among many other international artists and designers. It has also gathered notable Argentines ranging from Emilio Pettoruti and Ram√≥n G√≥mez Cornet, pioneers of the Avant-garde movement in Buenos Aires to informalist and conceptualists like Alberto Greco and Jorge de la Vega. Abstract art also became one of the museum‚Äôs priorities and the MAM sponsored many exhibits organized by Asociaci√≥n Arte Nuevo (New Art Association), founded by critic Aldo Pellegrini and artist Carmelo Arden Quin in 1954. During the ‚Äô70s, the MAM couldn‚Äôt avoid the effects of the social and political situation under which Argentina was suffering, after that floating experience, the so-called “Museo Fantasma” (ghost museum) continued as a homeless institution,

The museum moved to the Piccardo Cigarette Factory in 1986, but has spent the last five years closed for renovations. Now re-opened, the prestige of the museum increased with time and with the successive donations from private collectors and from artists themselves. By now, it has assembled 7,000 pieces which the refurbished industrial building will be able to show and conserve in improved conditions: Two exhibition halls with clean white walls, perfect lighting and the right room temperature. The next much-awaited step includes the re-inauguration of the library and documentation center, which holds 5,400 volumes, 3,250 artistic portfolios from the first half of the 20th Century, a newspaper and periodicals library, plus the video and photo collections. Definitely worth it.

The Museo de arte moderno de Buenos Aires is open from Monday to Friday from 12:00 to 19:00 hs and Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 11:00 to 20:00 hs

Address: Av. San Juan 350

Admission: The “symbolic” amount of AR $1.

Tuesdays are free.

Fundacion PROA

Also named the Bow Foundation, organizes itself around the faded history and imagery of the port. The gallery is set in a restored 19th century building, expanded in 2008 by the Milanese architecture firm Caruso-Torricella Architetti.

Proa has no permanent art collection but boasts four distinctive white-walled gallery spaces to host temporary exhibits. In the largest gallery, iron columns recovered from an old ship vault the ceilings.

Until today, Fundacion Proa has revealed some of the most inspiring and approaching shows in the capital. It is among the city’s best art galleries. The traditional Italianate sophistication in the exterior as well contemporary angular galleries in the interior has made Proa architecturally a master piece in its own right. The art gallery engulfs and exhibits all temporary exhibits, but a few of them are very diverse as well as interesting showing generally a Latin American theme. So expect anything from pre-Columbian Aztec sculptures, photography, and to the Argentine art of 1980. Besides, check out here for a stunning collection that is dedicated to the Latin American artists such as Diego Rivera.

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Fundacion Proa pays a tribute to the state’s dedication toward arts. Initially opened in 1996 and recently refurbished in 2008, this two-storey edifice has been the attractive home of diverse highly-acclaimed traveling exhibits besides the work of the most modern local artists. Besides Diego Rivera, the gallery space has also hosted the skills of married Mexican artists such as Frida Kahlo as well as Andres Serrano, Lucio Fontana, Sol Lewitt, and Mario Merz. If you come to Proa today, then you will be able to explore its renovated premises that are boasting four exhibition rooms for art shows. Therefore, you can expect an auditorium that is dedicated to the movies of Latin America along with some more art-video presentations. And yes, do not worry about the communication as English is well spoken here. This solves the problems of non-Spanish speakers.

Fundación PROA is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 11:00 to 19:00 hs.

Mondays Closed.

Address: Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929

La Boca, Caminito

Admission: $10 ‚Äď Students (with national or international Student ID) $6

Obviously this is just a brief of the most of 100 museums that the city hosts, excluding commercial art galleries (that allow public access). If you are an art-coholic Buenos Aires is a place with no moment of dull.

 

http://www.galeriasargentinas.org.ar

http://www.museos.buenosaires.gob.ar

 

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