There’s a time in the year when all the Museums in the City are open and that date is fast approaching. 31st October, 8PM to 3AM. Below, our top 5 must see!
Xul Solar Museum: The institution devoted to preserving and spreading respectively the memory and work of this well-known Argentinian artist exhibits in its premises a collection of the works that Xul Solar himself had picked for his Pan Klub project. The collection also includes an assortment of objects created and owned by the artist, like a piano tailored to adjust to a new musical notation system, a pan-chess set, books and masks, among other things. Trying to grab the meanings in his paintings, in his pan-tongue, in his games, is both useless and impossible. The intersection of images, signs, numbers and symbols guides us through Xul Solar’s constant path towards superior knowledge, which he considered could lead to utopia. The Museum is really amazing. Each of the elements you can see there makes you feel closer to that wonderfully eccentric artist that was Xul Solar.
Creole Museum of the Corrals: Parque Patricios’s Old Corrals’ Museum emerged in 1966 from the initiative of a group of neighbours, today organized in a foundation and associated to the National General Archives in the arrangement of different exhibitions related to the national and especially Pampas’ traditions, culture and history. The colonial style building displays on Arolas street a collection of wall tiles and gaucho themed murals. Its façade stands out for its thigh tiles, its forged iron fittings and the style of its archways, doors and windows. The premises also have two patios, the Patricios’ one deserving special consideration. The museum displays in its several rooms the different articles that were used in colonial times, outfits, fans, back combs, the Libertador collection, natural science, native peoples, a collection of telephones… The museum is open once a month only, so you should not miss thischance to visit it!
Isaac Fernández Blanco Spanish American Art Museum – Noel Palace: The first private museum in Argentina, with a patrimony made up of the private collection that Fernández Blanco had gathered along several decades, until his death in 1928. The estate was later enlarged thanks to the donations from several aristocratic families of Buenos Aires wishing to place their family valuables in a prestigious site. In 1947 the collection was moved to Noel Palace, adding to the Colonial Museum’s collection already in the premises. In 1963 the museum’s patrimony was enlarged with the donation of 750 pieces by Celina González Garaño. These works of colonial American art were in turn complemented by another bequest made by her sister in law, who donated her Jesuitical-Guarani art collection. The patrimony was also augmented with purchases made by the museum. The museum is well worth a visit; not only for its great Spanish American Art exhibition, but also for this magnificent neo-colonial style Palace built by architect Martín Noel in 1920.
Evita Museum: A tour of the historic locations where Evita dwelled and which define an epoch in Argentina, the different shades of a personality and the political reality of a nation, from the perspective of a passionate love and the sociocultural transformations experienced by Peronism. Also in this case, the building is worth a close look. The residence consists of a three storey petit hotel built by the Carabassa family in the 1910s, which was later refurbished by architect Estanislao Pirovano, who conjugated elements from the Spanish and Italian renaissance in its three levels and tower.
Museum of Decorative Arts: More than a Museum, this is the only Palace in the City of Buenos Aires that is open to the public on an almost daily basis. Do not miss this opportunity to not only visit this great Errázuriz-Alvear Palace but also to appreciate all the original works of decorative art that this Mansion treasures. The residence was built by renowned French architect René Sergent in the early 20th century (between 1911 and 1917) as a Family Dwelling House for Josefina de Alvear and Matías Errázuris All the materials, but the gross masonry, were brought from Europe. The wainscoting, mirrors, marbles, carpentry, mouldings, arrived ready for their direct placement at work and for some specific tasks, like the stuccoing, European craftsmen were specially brought.