Coming to Buenos Aires in June 2017? Here’s what’s going on in the city this month: exhibitions, events and performing arts.

MUSEUMS

MALBA: General Idea – Broken Time

Until June 25

General Idea Exhibition MALBA

Broken Time is the first retrospective in Latin America of General Idea, a collective of Canadian artists formed in 1969 by AA Bronson, Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal. Over the course of its twenty-five years of existence (1969-1994), the group produced a large body of groundbreaking works on an array of supports and in a variety of formats. It is still a point of reference for new generations of artists around the world.

malba.org.ar

 

 

 

PROA: Yves Klein – Retrospective

Until July 31

Klein Exhibition - PROA

Over 70 art works and 100 documents from the famous French artist are on display at PROA museum. Klein is one of the most relevant contemporary artist from the 20th century and the inventor of a new color in art history: the International Klein Blue (IKB).

proa.org

 

Museo de Bellas Artes: Xul Solar – Panactivista

Until June 18

Xul Solar Exhibition at Museo de Bellas Artes

Argentine artist Xul Solar (1887-1963) was an inventor of imaginary languages and a strong believer in astrology. Solar’s paintings are mainly sculptures, often using striking contrasts and bright colours, typically in relatively small formats.

bellasartes.gob.ar

 

MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS

Sexteto Mayor

Teatro Colón Opera House: Julio César (Haendel)

June 6, 9, 11 and 13
Tickets: tuentrada.com

Teatro Colón Opera House: Swan Lake Ballet (Tchaikovsky)

June 25, 27, 28, 29, 30
July 1st and 2nd
Tickets: tuendrada.com

Centro Cultural Torquato Tasso: Sexteto Mayor

Every Friday in June

Major tango orquesta

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Centro Cultural Torquato Tasso: Luis Salinas

Every Saturday in June

Argentine folklore music

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Free concerts: Music in Traditional Bars (Bares Notables)

An opportunity to know some of Buenos Aires most traditional bars and cafés (see previous post about Bares Notables).

June 1 and 22, 9PM, Bar El Hipopótamo (San Telmo): Lo Péz (Argentine folk music)

June 2 and 9, 6PM, Bar El Colonial (Centro): Luciana Bozzo (jazz and bossa nova)

June 10, 9 PM, El Gato Negro (San Nicolás): Acratos Jazz Quinteto

June 16, 9PM, El Gato Negro (San Nicolás): Viviana Scarlassa (tango singer)

June 24, 9PM, El Símbolo (Almagro): Emilia Danesi and Nahuel Quiplidor (Argentine folk music)

June 29, 9 PM, El Celta Bar (San Nicolás): Puerto Elisio (flamenco)

July 1st, 9PM, Los 36 Billares (Centro): Leo Bernstein and Gabriela Flores (Latin American music)

OTHERS

International Auto Show – La Rural

June 10 – June 20

Buenos Aires International Auto Show (video in Spanish)

Buenos Aires International Auto Show takes place every two years and gather professionals and amateurs willing to discover the new tendencies on the automobile market.

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The temperature is getting cooler in May but the cultural life never stops. We have gathered all main events taking place in the city in May. Take your pick!

 

Exhibitions

Over My Dead Body - Mona Hatoum

Infinite Experience – MALBA

When: From March 20 to June 8

What: MALBA opens the 2015 season with Experiencia infinita / Infinite Experience. The event is less an exhibition than an experience that the viewer confronts. It consists of works that ensue in real time and partake of other disciplines such as theater and choreography.

Where: MALBA – Recoleta

Web: malba.org.ar

 

El Mago Desnudo – Laura Lima at Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art

When: Until June 7

What: Brazilian artista Laura Lima is considered one of the most relevant contemporary artists. El Mago Desnudo (The Naked Magician) evokes the tricks and artifices behind the artistic creation.

Where: MAMBA – San Telmo

 

Mona Hatoum: Over My Dead Body

When: Until June 14

What: Mona Hatoum work has been characterized by the reuse of commonplace and banal objects, inoffensive and harmless things rendered, in her production, hostile and suspicious.

Where: Fundación PROA – La Boca

Web: Proa.org.ar

See our blog post about this exhibition

 

Music and Performing Arts

Buenos Aires 2015 Opera Season - L Elisir D'Amore

Teatro Colón – L’Elisir d’Amore

When: From May 8 to May 14

What: Comic Opera by Italian Composer Gaetano Donizetti

Where: Teatro Colón – Centro

Web: teatrocolon.org.ar

 

Polo Circo – Circus Festival

When: From May 7 to May 15

What: Buenos Aires Circus Festival, for children and adults

Where: Parque Patricios

Web: polocirco.com

 

Eat & Drink

Buenos Aires Celebra Patagonia

Buenos Aires Celebra Centro

When: May 16 and 17

What: A showcase of the cultural and gastronomical Offer from the provinces of Córdoba, Santa Fe and Buenos aires

Where: El Dorrego – Palermo

 

Sports

River Boca Superclasico

Supérclasico – Boca vs River football match

When: May 3 and May 13

What: Football archenemies River and Boca play for the National Tournament

Where: Bombonera (Boca Stadium) on May 3 – Monumental (River Stadium) on May 13

 

Others

Buenos Aires International Book Fair

When: From April 23 to May 11

What: The most important book fair in Latin America. Conferences and workshops.

Where: La Rural Convention Center – Palermo

 

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There is no doubt Buenos Aires has great food. But most visitors end up experiencing only steakhouses, because this is what Argentina is famous for: its flavorful, incredibly tender meat. If you are staying in Buenos Aires long enough to get tired of switching between Bife de Lomo and Bife de Chorizo, you will be relieved to know that there are excellent ethnic restaurants as well. Here is a shortlist:

 

Cocina Sunae

Cocina Sunae Buenos Aires

Owned by an Asian-American chef, Cocina Sunae is a closed-doors restaurant that specializes in dishes from South-East Asia, mostly Thai, Philippine and Vietnamese. Cocina Sunae offers a 4-courses fixed-price menu, with three options for the main dish. The menu changes every week and is currently priced a AR$290 (approximately USD30), plus beverages.

The decoration is quite plain but dishes are absolutely delicious. The restaurant caters to many expats and tourists and mostly young couples. Waiters speak good English.

Cocina Sunae is located on a quite street of Colegiales area. The exact location will be given to you upon reservation.

cocinasunae.com

 

Olaya

olaya

For the past few years, Peruvian food has grown to be very popular in Buenos Aires. Around 2012, plenty of improvised Peruvian restaurants suddenly opened, and as it often happen in those cases, many quickly closed. Olaya is one of the latests Peruvian openings and seems to be here to stay. It offers a Japonese-Peruvian fusion food in a modern, industrial decor.

Portions are large and can be shared. Try the “barco”, a selection of specialities to taste the classics of Peruvian cuisine. Prices are on the higher end – approx. AR$500 per person as of April 2015.

Olaya is on Humboldt 1550, Palermo Hollywood.

 

Sarkis

sarkis

There is an important Armenian community in Buenos Aires but the city only has an handful of good Armenian restaurants. Sarkis is extremely popular because it offers very good Armenian food at an unbeatable price. Their lamb kafta is very good, as well as the mezzes. The place is nothing fancy but service is very efficient and everything looks clean.

There is always a long line at the door and people seem to be willing to wait as long as two hours to get a table. Go early (the restaurant opens at 8pm) or be ready to wait.

Sarkis is on Thames 1101, Palermo

 

Green Bamboo

Palermo Hollywood restaurants: Green Bamboo

Located in the hearth of Palermo Hollywood, Green Bamboo offers very good Vietnamese food in a youthful atmosphere. The restaurant attracts a crowd of 30-something porteños on a date and tourists.

Décor is somehow kitsch and music is a little loud, but it manages to create a very pleasant atmosphere. Cocktails are very good. Price are a bit high, around AR$400 to 500 per person.

Green Bamboo is on Costa Rica 5802, Palermo Hollywood

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From March 28 to June 14 2015, Fundación PROA will present international contemporary artist Mona Hatoum. A great excuse for a trip to La Boca for contemporary art amateurs.

Over My Dead Body - Mona Hatoum

Hatoum was born in Beirut, to a Palestinian family. She settled in London in 1975 when civil war in the Lebanon made her return home imposible. Hatoum focuses on confrontational themes such as violence, voyeurism and oppression.

 

Mona Hatoum started her career making visceral video and performance work in the 1980s that focused with great intensity on the body. Towards the 1990s, she shifted towards increasingly large-scale installations.

Changing Parts - Mona Hatoum

Changing Parts – Mona Hatoum (1984 – Duration: 24 minutes)

Hatoum’s work aims at engaging the viewer in conflicting emotions of attraction/repulsion. For instance, her installation Entrails Carpet is a carpet made of very attractive silicon that entices to walk over it with feet. But as the viewers looks closely, the material becomes repulsive, as it resembles animal entrails.  Another series of installations uses common accessories such as chairs and kitchen ustensils and transforms them into threatening, foreign objects.

 

Mona Hatoum - Home

Home by Mona Hatoum (1999)

Mona Hatoum will be in Buenos Aires to personally supervise the installation, along with curator Chiara Bertola.

 

Practical info

Mona Hatoum – Over my Dead Body

March 28 2015 to June 14 2015

Fundación PROA

Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929 – La Boca

Tuesday through Sunday, 11 AM to 7 PM - Mondays closed

proa.org

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Buenos Aires bike lanes have developed exponentially over the past few years. With over 60 miles of bike lanes, mainly in Palermo, Recoleta and Belgrano, it is now possible to safely discover the city by bike. In addition, Buenos Aires has an ideal climate and geography for biking, with few rainy days and very flat streets.

 

Palermo area in particular is very bike-friendly, with large, safe bike lanes and lots of bike racks. Locals have quickly adopted the bicycle to commute and for short rides.

 

Convinced? Let us guide you through the different ways the rent a bike in Buenos Aires.

 

Bike rentals in Buenos Aires: our tips

 

1. EcoBici: Buenos Aires public bike system

EcoBici - Public Bike System Buenos Aires

EcoBici is Buenos Aires free public bike sharing system. There are close to 30 bike stations around town, mainly in Palermo, Recoleta and Microcentro. Stations are opened Mondays through Fridays from 8AM to 8PM and on Saturdays from 9AM to 3PM.

 

The service is free of charge but you must return the bike within an hour. You can return the bike at any station.

As a tourist, you will be asked to present your passport and a photocopy to borrow a bike. Leave your personal info (name, hotel address and phone number) and sign an affidavit and you’re good to go.

 

Map of Ecobici Stations: http://www.buenosaires.gob.ar/ecobici/sistema-ecobici/mapa-bicis

 

2. Rent a bike at your hotel

Bike Rental in Buenos Aires

Most hotels in Buenos Aires will be able to offer you bikes to rent by the day. Preferably book in advance as most hotels do not own their own bikes, but have to rent them from a third-party. You will most likely be asked a credit card guarantee and will have to sign an affidavit.

If you are going to leave your bike on the street, make sure to use a lock.

Typical daily rates for a bike rental range between USD20 and USD30 (AR$180 to AR$270 as of March 2015).

 

3. Join a bicycle tour

Buenos Aires Bike Tours

Several companies offer bike tours to discover an area of Buenos Aires by bike and with a guide. For example Biking Buenos Aires offers a 4-hour architecture tour through Palermo, Montserrat and Recoleta for USD45, including the bike, helmet, water and a guide.

 

4. Why not an electric scooter?

The Green Scooter Buenos Aires

Not really a bike but still a green, two wheels alternative is The Green Scooter, an electrically powered motorcycle that will effortlessly drive you through the city. A 24-hour rental will cost you AR$490 (USD55). Scooters speed is limited to 45km/h and have an autonomy of 40km.

www.thegreenscooter.net

 

Download a Map of Bike Lanes in Buenos Aires

 

 

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Located in Recoleta, the Buenos Aires Museum of Latin American Art might be one of the city’s most interesting museums. The museum is exclusively dedicated to 20th and 21st century Latin American art. Its collection features many masterpieces: Manifestación by Antonio Berni (Argentina, 1934), Pareja by Xul Solar (Argentina, 1923), Self Portrait by Frida Kahlo (Méximo, 1942), among others.

 

The MALBA Collection

Specialized in modern and contemporary Latin American Art, the MALBA collection embraces the most important tendencies and movements in art regardless of media or support. It includes painting, sculptures, drawings, prints, collages, photographs and installations. Featured movements include modernism, social realism, surrealism, kinetic art, minimalism, destructuve art and hyperrealism.

The collection consists of over 500 works by more than 160 artists.

Roberto-Matta

ROBERTO MATTA The Disasters of Mysticism 1942

Berni

ANTONIO BERNI Manifestación 1934

FridaKahlo

Frida Kahlo Autorretrato con Chango y Loro, 1942

Pettoruti

EMILIO PETTORUTI La canción del pueblo, 1927

 

The collection is displayed on four levels, with one level often used for temporary exhibition. The museum aslo include a cinema theater, a design store and a coffee shop and restaurant. The theater screens independent and alternative movies. It is one of the venues of BAFICI film festival.

 

2015 Temporary Exhibitions Program at MALBA Museum

 

The MALBA museum has announced three exhibitions for 2015: Experiencia Infinita (March-June), Rogelio Polesello (June-September) and Francis Alys (October-February 2016).

 

Experiencia Infinita

March-June

Experiencia Infinita MALBA

MALBA opens the 2015 season with Experiencia infinita / Infinite Experience, an exhibition without precedent in a Latin America institution that consists solely of constructed situations and live works produced in the 21st century.

The event is less an exhibition than an experience that the viewer confronts. It consists of works that ensue in real time and partake of other disciplines such as theater and

The exhibition features a selection of works by eight outstanding international artists.

Rogelio Polesello

June – September

Rogelio Polesello MALBA Museum

In June, MALBA will pay tribute to Rogelio Polesello (Buenos Aires, 1939-2014) with an anthological exhibition of his historical works, paintings, and acrylic pieces produced from the late fifties through the mid-seventies. The exhibition will feature a selection of approximately eighty works from numerous public and private collections in Argentina and abroad.

 

Francis Alys – Una historia de negociación (A history of negociation)

October – February 2016

Francis Alys

In October, MALBA will present Una historia de negociación, organized by the Museo Tamayo (México). The most recent exhibition of work by Belgium-Mexican Francis Alÿs, this show

examines the parallelism between the artist’s work in painting and in performance, specifically in relation to his political-poetic interventions, and how that dialogue leads to his actions, documentations, and pictorial work.

 

 

Practical information

 

Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires

Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415 (Recoleta)

malba.org.ar

 

Opening hours:

Thursdays through Mondays: 12pm noon to 8pm

Wednesdays: 12pm noon to 9pm

Closed on Tuesdays

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A little off the traditional Buenos Aires circuit – Palermo, Recoleta, San Telmo – Museo Larreta is a hidden oasis in Belgrano area, at the north of the city. Its very nice Andalusian-style garden and fine collection of Spanish art will give you a good excuse to visit this less touristic part of the city.

 

Belgrano Area in Buenos Aires

Plaza Gral Manuel Belgrano - Buenos AIres

Belgrano is an residential and elegant area, comparable to the 16th arrondissement in Paris or Upper West Side in Manhattan. Now completely integrated to Buenos Aires, Belgrano used to be a separate town.

Plaza Gral Manuel Belgrano - Buenos AIres

The municipal Museum of Spanish Art is located in Belgrano’s ancient town square, Plaza General Belgrano. On this beautiful square you will also see a ancient church, distinctively round-shaped. Just a few blocks from Plaza General Belgrano, heading towards Libertador Ave., you can discover Barrancas de Belgrano, one of the most expensive sub-districts inside Belgrano.

 

Enrique Larreta Museum of Spanish Art

Museo Enrique Larreta

Enrique Rodríguez Larreta (1875-1961) was an Argentine writer, academic, diplomat and art collector. His most famous novel La Gloria de Don Ramiro takes place is XVIth century Spain and is a good representative of Hispanic modernism movement.

Larreta home in Buenos Aires was built in 1886 in a Spanish colonial style, with a beautiful Andalusian palace garden. It became the municipal Museum of Spanish Art in 1962. It hosts a vast collection of Spanish art, mainly from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The most noteworthy art pieces are a XVIth century gothic altarpiece dedicated to Saint Ann and the Sacred Family altarpiece, attributed to Juan de Juni.

Museo Larreta Buenos Aires

 

After the Museum: Croque Madame restaurant and coffee shop

 Museo Larreta Buenos Aires - Croque Madame

Just next to the museum, you will find a very nice coffee shop and restaurant with a large patio just next to the Andalusian garden. A great way to extend your visit! Access is completely independent from the museum (Vuelta de Obligado 2155).

 

Museo de Arte Español Enrique Larretaç
Av. Juramento 2291
www.museolarreta.buenosaires.gob.ar
Monday through Friday: 3pm to 7pm
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 10am to 8pm
Entrance: AR$5

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It has just been published that Buenos Aires is the city with most bookstores per inhabitant in the world, just before Honk Kong and Madrid. With a total of 467 bookstores, you will soon find that it is very easy to run in beautiful stores while walking around the city. Here are our favorites.

 

Eterna Cadencia 

With its hardwood floor and beautiful wooden shelves, Eterna Cadencia has a special magic that makes it a must-go for all book lovers. Located in Palermo Hollywood, Eterna Cadencia sells classics but also publishes new authors and host open book-release parties. There is a charming coffee shop in the back. Just grab a book off the shelves and enjoy it with a warm cappuccino.

Eterna Cadencia Buenos Aires bookstore

Eterna Cadencia

Honduras 5574

Palermo

 

El Ateneo

Built inside an old theater, El Ateneo is probably one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. Former theater galleries and box seats are filled with bookshelves. The red curtain is still in place and separates the bookstore itself from the coffee shop, located on the former stage. El Ateneo is definitely worth including in your Recoleta itinerary.

El Ateneo Buenos Aires Bookstore

El Ateneo

Santa Fe Ave. 1860

Recoleta

 

Libros del Pasaje

There are a couple of nice bookstores in Palermo Soho. Libros del Pasaje in one of them. Their book selection is very nice, and their staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Ask for recommendations! Good children books section.

Libros del Pasaje Library Palermo

Libros del Pasaje

Thames 1762

Palermo

 

Fedro 

Fedro bookstore is an institution in San Telmo. Certainly the black cat (surprisingly named Morrissey) walking among adds to its charm. Fedro offers wide selection of novels, poetry, children books and some books in English. The bookstore often present temporary art exhibitions and book reading sessions. Neighbours from San Telmo love this library, as a part of the cultural life of the area.

Fedro

Fedro

Carlos Calvo 578

San Telmo

 

Utopía – Centro Cultural de la Cooperación bookstore

Located on Avenida Corrientes, the modern building of the Centro Cultural de la Cooperación (Cooperative Cultural Center) is worth noticing. The cultural center is fed on the ideas of the Cooperative Movement. The bookstore itself almost only offers books about social sciences and politics. A peculiar place in the middle of Buenos Aires “Broadway”.

Centro Cultural de la Cooperación - Buenos Aires

Centro Cultural de la Cooperación

Corrientes Ave. 1543

San Nicolás

 

 

Prometeo

On Corrientes Ave. you will find many large bookstores and if you like book shopping we strongly advise you to look around and enjoy the experience. Many stores specializes in one specific field: humanities, science, literature, used books, etc. Prometeo bookstore has a very interesting selection in social sciences. Their staff used to be composed only of college students majoring in humanities.

Prometeo - Bookstore Buenos Aires

Prometeo

Corrientes Ave. 1916

Balvanera

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After a slight pause during summer vacations (January and February here in the Southern Hemisphere), Buenos Aires cultural life is regaining momentum in March. Here are our top picks:

 

1. Rodolfo Mederos tango orquestra at Centro Cultural Torquato Tasso

A must-go for all music lovers. Rodolfo Mederos is one of the most celebrated contemporary tango players.

 

On Fridays and Saturdays

Centro Cultural Torquato Tasso

Defensa 1575 – San Telmo

Entrance: AR$180

torquatotasso.com.ar

 

 

2. Infinite Experience – New exhibition at MALBA museum

MALBA opens the 2015 season with Experiencia infinita / Infinite Experience. The event is less an exhibition than an experience that the viewer confronts. It consists of works that ensue in real time and partake of other disciplines such as theater and choreography.

The exhibition features a selection of works by eight outstanding international artists.

Experiencia Infinita MALBA

From March 20

MALBA Museum

malba.org.ar

 

 

3. Music and Ballet at Teatro Colón

In March, Buenos Aires philarmonic orquestra will interpretate a series of Beethoven symphonies (March 3 to 8). The ballet will open the season with three choreographies on Mozart, Rachmaninov and Bartók music.

To see the 2015 Opera program, please read this oldest post.

Teatro Colon Buenos Aires

Teatro Colon

teatrocolon.org.ar

 

4. Laura Lima exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art

Brazilian artista Laura Lima is considered one of the most relevant contemporary artists. This exhibition, El Mago Desnudo (The Naked Magician) evokes the tricks and artifices behind the artistic creation. Builded around a large workshop, the exhibition allows the spectators to witness the art production.

Laura Lima Buenos Aires

March 28 to June 14

Museo de Arte Moderno

museodeartemoderno.buenosaires.gob.ar

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Apps can make our life easier while abroad. Don’t speak Spanish? Just want to lie in bed while planning your night out in Buenos Aires? We have exactly what you were looking for!

 

Book your Hotel: Hotel Tonight App

Need a last minute hotel in Buenos Aires? Your flight has been delayed and you have nowhere to stay? Or you just love the thrill of spontaneous, unplanned holidays? On HotelTonight, your will find a short, well-presented selection of the best hotels in Buenos Aires with great photos and the possibility to book up to 7 days in advance.

Top Apps Tourists

Hoteltonight.com

 

Book a Table: Restorando App

Restorando is the Argentinean equivalent of Open Table. Just book a table at your favorite restaurant in Buenos Aires in two clicks.

Restorando App

Restaurando.com.ar

 

Find the Next Top Chef: Cook App

“Meet new people and eat homemade food” is the tagline of this app, which allows you to book a table at closed doors restaurants. Closed doors restaurants are thriving in Buenos Aires lately and very good chefs are now starting their career catering in their home for a reduced number of patrons.

For safety reasons, we advise you only book from well-rated and established users.

CookApp Buenos Aires

Cookapp.com

 

Order a cab: Safer Taxi & Easy Taxi Apps

Order your taxi in Buenos Aires in one click and pay by credit card. These two apps do basically the same job: after geolocalizing you, they’ll send the nearest cab to pick you up. No need to handle cash, you can pay the trip via the app, by credit card.

Safer Taxi App

Safertaxi.com

Easytaxi.com

 

Getting Around Buenos Aires: Moovit

If you prefer public transportation, try Moovit. They give you the quickest and most convenient route to your destination by using public transit, with maps, directions and step by step navigation.

Buenos Aires Apps

Moovitapp.com

 

 

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