First prize winning art work by Luis Niveiro shown at the 61st Manuel Belgrano Salón. Photo via InfoBae

With Summer vacation slowly coming to a close (don’t panic, it’s not over just yet), Buenos Aires is slowly waking up. Along with many pre-existing exhibitions, there are several new additions to the city’s cultural offerings.

After a brief summer break, the Usina del Arte in La Boca will be re-opening its doors on Saturday February 3rd to kick off its 2018 schedule. With most of the cultural activities being free and without any need to book, there’s no reason to not give it a look.

Launching its 2018 offerings, French pop singer Benjamín Biolay will be giving a free concert out in the plaza in front of the Usina. His album ‘Volver’ (coming back) makes reference to the long journey of going back to Europe from Argentina.

Described as a dialogue between Paris, Rome and Buenos Aires, the music is an eclectic combination of Latin rhythms along with links to neo-cumbia and electro-rock (eclectic being the key word here). If this wasn’t enough to pique your interest, take a look below for further convincing.

When & Where

Usina Del Arte | Saturday Feb 3 | 9 PM | Free entry


For the first time, Argentine artist Eduardo Basualdo’s immense and impressive ‘La Cabeza de Goliat’ installation (the Head of Goliath) will be presented here in Argentina. After an exhibition in Paris, the installation has finally been adapted specially to be shown here, once again, at the Usina del Arte. Visitors can get up close and personal with the omnipresent mass.

The imposing head of goliath installation, displayed in the Palais de Tokyo, Paris in 2014. Photo via Palais de Tokyo.
The imposing ‘Head of Goliath’ installation, displayed in the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, in 2014. (Photo via Palais de Tokyo.)

 

In addition to this, the Pirelli’s renowned calendars will also be available for visit. The exhibit, titled ‘Eternal Beauty’ (Eterna Belleza), will consist in a collection of photographs which include more than 50 years of black and white photographs of well known women through the decades. The Pirelli calendars, an annual publication dating back to 1964, is famed for glamorous and artistic photographs that capture both beauty and individuality.

Uma Thurman posing for Calendario Pirelli. Photo via Cronista
Uma Thurman posing for Calendario Pirelli. (Photo via Cronista)

 

When & Where

El Usina del Arte | Both exhibitions will run from the 3rd until the 28th. | Monday – Thursday 2 PM – 7 PM | Friday – Sunday 10 AM – 9 PM | Free entry


Venturing outside of the Usina del Arte, many other accessible art events are taking place throughout BA. For example, the pieces created by the winners of the art work competition ‘El Salón de Artes Plasticas Manuel Belgrano’ will be exhibited in the Parque Tres de Febrero. Categories include sculpture, engraving, paint, drawing, as well as mono printing. Judged by the Ministry of Culture, it’s a chance to see some of the highest quality contemporary art produced by Argentines.

One of the featured sculptures in the 61st Salon de Artes Plasticos Manuel Belgrano. Photo via ARSOmnibus.
One of the featured sculptures in the 61st Salon de Artes Plasticos Manuel Belgrano. Photo via ARSOmnibus.

 

When & Where

61º Salón de Artes Plásticas ‘Manuel Belgrano’ Av Infanta Isabel 5 |Tuesday to Friday 12 – 8 PM | Weekends and holidays 10 AM – 8PM | AR $30 entry, Wednesday free | until 18th March


Argentine 20th century artist Ides Kihlen’s ‘Todo el Siglo es Carnaval’, currently on at MAMBA (Buenos Aires’ Museum of Modern Art), can be visited until February 25th. Her work is often compared to that of Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Xul Solar, as it’s similarly abstract with a playful and childlike element to it. Experimental and clearly intuitive, Kihlen’s work is innovative and ahead of her time. And while you’re at it, if you’re already South of downtown, make it a fully artsy day and head to Ai WeiWei’s groundbreaking Destruction, Creation and Loss exhibition in La Boca’s Proa Foundation.

Kihlen's abstract art work is being exhibited at MAMBA. Photo via buenosaires.gob.ar
Kihlen’s abstract art work is being exhibited at MAMBA. (Photo via buenosaires.gob.ar)

 

When & Where

Museum of Modern Art Buenos Aires – Av San Juan 350 | Tuesday to Friday 11 AM – 7 PM | Weekends and holidays 11 AM – PM | Tuesday is free | AR $30 on all other days.


From Friday February 2, go and see exhibition ‘A Todo Ritmo’ by artist Angel Nupieri, characterized by its vibrant colors and striking shapes. Take a closer look and you’ll see all sorts of hidden detail previously not noticed, so feel free to observe each piece as long as you can/ want to. The opening times are not the best, but if you’re working downtown, it could be provide just the escape you need during your lunch break.

An example of Nupieri's work to be shown in the gallery of Banco Nacion. Photo via parabuenosaires.
An example of Nupieri’s work to be shown in the gallery of the Banco Nación. (Photo via parabuenosaires.)

 

When & Where

Main hall of Casa Central, Avenida Rivadavia 352 |Friday 2nd February – 28th | Monday – Friday 10 AM – 3 PM|


You just have time until February 4th to see a collection of photos showcasing immigration between the nineties and 2007. Curated jointly between the Reina Sofia Museum of Modern Art (Madrid) and the Museum of Immigration, the photos tell the stories of the many hundreds of thousands of immigrants making journeys across the World hoping for a better future. Telleria’s sculpture titled ‘God is an immigrant’ is poignant in meaning, and will shortly be displayed permanently in the Hotel de Inmigrantes.

Photos by Feigenbaum included in the 'Arte para pensar la nueva razón del mundo' at the Museum of Immigration. Photo via Infobae.
Photos by Feigenbaum included in the ‘Arte para pensar la nueva razón del mundo’ at the Museum of Immigration. (Photo via Infobae.)

 

When & Where

Av. Antártida Argentina, between the Buquebus terminal and immigration | Thursday –  Sundays 12 PM – 8 PM | before the 4th February | Free entry

For more art inspiration, check out our exhibits guide for 2018.