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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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