For all you art nerds out there, 2017 was a pretty good year of art, we can’t deny it. From Miró to Kahlo and Ai Weiwei we’ve been spoilt for choice. A quick glance at what’s set to arrive in Buenos Aires later this year, and it looks like we’re set for another art filled year.
From March, our old favorite Bellas Artes (Buenos Aires’ major fine art museum) is set to host a huge Renaissance and Baroque exhibition, which will include masterpieces from the likes of Leonardo Da Vinci, Rafael, El Greco and Van Dyck. The whole collection is being shipped all the way over from both Hungary’s National Gallery and the Fine Arts Museum of Budapest, and we imagine will be curated beautifully to fit the grand settings of Bellas Artes.
The second half of the year will welcome some 60 works of art by British artist William Turner, you can expect dreamy, ethereal water colored scenes of both land and cityscapes. The large collection is on loan from the Tate Gallery London.
Bellas Artes will also pay homage to distinguished Argentine artists such as watercolors painter Guillermo Roux, Graciela Sacco (recently deceased) and contemporary landscape artist Nicolás García Uriburu (the one who turned the Venice Canals green for the day) who will also have their works displayed inside the fine arts museum.
If you want to see some more homegrown Argentine talent, from March 23 a huge retrospective of David Lamelas (a conceptual artist) will be taking over the majority of MALBA; expect installations expressing his fascination with time and space, as well as atmospheric black and white photographs detailing his colorful life straddled between Argentina and Europe.
If installations are your thing, head to MALBA (July 13 onwards), to see Ambientes, an immersive installation project by Argentine – Italian Fontana. From March 7, Ex-Argentine Juan Perón and peronism, are to be explored through black and white images taken by photographer Facio.
If you’re into photography then give FoLa (Buenos Aires’ only fully dedicated photography gallery) a look. Andy Goldstein is due to exhibit (March 8 onwards) a full retrospective view of his work, displaying some of his most famous sepia toned portraiture work. To celebrate the arrival of the football World Cup in Russia, FoLa will present proyecto futbol a look at some of football’s greatest moments including, Diego Maradona’s hand of god, captured on camera.
Heading further South in the city, don’t miss Alexander Calder’s (a North American sculptor) takeover of Usina del Arte’s exhibition space from July onwards. Also in La Boca, don’t miss the Fundación Proa’s extensive Argentine photography exhibition on loan from the LA based J Paul Getty Museum.
Heading a little further north in San Telmo, MAMBA (Museum of Modern Art) and the MMK (modern art museum in Frankfurt) are collaborating for an unmissable exhibition on the relation of the MMK’s collection with the history of experimental Latin American art between the 40s and 80s. With more than 500 works of art by the likes of Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein along with Argentines David Lameles, Marta Minujín and León Ferrari, the exhibition will take over the whole of MAMBA and is likely to be one of the most exciting in recent times.
Temporary exhibitions aside, make sure not to miss the many art fairs arriving this year in Buenos Aires. ArteBA, (Buenos Aires’ annual contemporary art fair) is taking place May 24 – 27, providing you an opportunity to check out what’s fresh on the art scene and even make a purchase. The newly established Basel cities: Buenos Aires, will be taking place over the week of September 11-16, 2018, so expect pop up cultural installations and exhibitions all over the city.