MALBA – Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires
Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415 (@ San Martin de Tours) ; Tel. + (011.54.11) 4808-6598/9
Striking architecture is one of the most impressive parts of this modern museum. Photo by Greg Roden
MALBA, or the Museum of Latin American Art in Buenos Aires, is a good crash course in contempory art from all over the continent for the unfamiliar. The building is beautiful, modern and feels huge making the permanent exhibition deceptively small in an attractive gallery space of wood floors and muted lighting. Argentinean architects Atelman, Fourcade, and Tapia created the impressive glass on steel edifice. The work mostly spans the 20th century and is displayed chronologically to allow visitors to muse over trends and artistic influences in Latin American culture. The gallery is filled with porteños visiting for the umpteenth time that just can’t get enough. Artists range from celebrated Argentine surrealist Xul Solar to the incomparable Mexican tag-team of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. The variety is conducive to learning some lesser-known geniuses of the continent. Several mediums are explored from traditional oils to giant sculpture and modern light installations. At couple of hours should be allowed for wandering through the permanent collection.
In addition to the permanent fixtures, MALBA is host to several impeccably chosen temporary exhibits. Check the MALBA website for current features which usually take up 2-3 rooms. Exhibits are well chosen by the picky curators and always worth keeping up to date on. Children are welcome and MALBA continually features workshops and children’s programs on Sundays at 5pm ($5AR per participant). Senior programs are also available on Mondays at 3pm. It is also worth picking up MALBA’s cinema program as they have a regular series of themed films (both subtitled and dubbed) at great prices.
With all it has to offer the community along with it’s overpriced gift shop and friendly café, MALBA is a beautiful day out in Recoleta for art aficionados and newbies alike. Guided tours in both English and Spanish are available for groups. Call for details.
—MALBA – Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires review by Clare Nisbet