“I know that you will gather in my name and carry it like a flag to victory,” Eva Perón said in her final speech before she died on July 26, 1952. Sixty-five years later, these words, set to funky electronic music, accompany visitors through the final exhibit of the stunning retrospective that Museo Evita inaugurates today.
On the occasion of its fifteenth anniversary, the Museo Evita is opening two new permanent showrooms and several temporary exhibits this Thursday. Each has been carefully designed using the latest technology, including animated video and 3D design. Curator Patricio Lopez Méndez organized the exhibits around themes of “excess and passion,” intending to revitalize the history of Peronism and the emergence of women in Argentine politics.
The hallmark is La vida de Eva, a curved lineup of seven mannequins that personify emblematic moments of Evita’s public and private life. Among them are “Adolescent Eva,” dressed as a girl of about fifteen, when she came to Capital Federal; “Eva the Actress,” to reflect her life in showbiz; “Eva in the World,” donning the cloak she wore while visiting the Vatican in June 1946; “First Lady Eva,” with a Dior piece designed especially for her; and “Eva and the Women’s Vote,” suited accordingly.
The designers omitted no detail. Technician Leandro Sturla animated the mannequins through Face Mapping, a graphic design program that allowed him to recreate Eva’s movements and facial expressions. “Each mannequin tells a story,” Sturla told Clarín. “The gestures are carefully thought out in relation to those particular moments in her life.” Sturla teamed up with López Méndez and sculptor Sergio Lamana to perfect the leader’s period styles.
The building that houses the Museo Evita is itself an architectural jewel worth visiting. The national historical monument was once the Hogar de Tránsito No. 2, a temporary shelter for women and children without resources, where Evita was known to lunch and mingle. This year, López Méndez has launched more immersive sensory exhibits to enliven the space and its collection of personal objects, documents, and dresses donated by members of the Perón family.
The new show opens to the public Thursday, July 27th.
Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 7pm
Suggested contribution: AR $50. Foreigners: AR $90.