From time to time, most of us need a bit of a break from the hustle and noise of city life. When Buenos Aires gets to be a bit much, we find ourselves craving a bit of green space where we can finally breathe for a moment. Since leaving town every weekend isn’t always a possibility, alternatives within the realms of the city limits need to be found.
A perfect place to hide out for an hour or two is the Museo de Arte Español Enrique Larreta and its Jardín Andaluz. Tucked away in a corner of Belgrano, few city inhabitants know the whereabouts of this hidden gem of a garden oasis.
Perfect for a quick escape and short stroll, the Andalusian style gardens are the ideal city respite. The attached museum was once home to Spanish art collector and ambassador Enrique Larreta. Full of a collection mainly consisting of renaissance, baroque, and medieval Spanish art, the lavishly decorated rooms are a little slice of southern Spain right here in Buenos Aires. Given the chaotic nature of the city, both spaces offer peace and quiet to soothe the mind and spirit.
For the first time in eight years, their contemporary sculpture exhibition, Celebración Esculturas en el Jardín XX has made a return to the newly restored garden. The first temporary exhibition to be held at the museum since the lengthy work that took place last year, it has been dedicated to Nelly Perazzo, the original creator and curator of the exhibitions from 1992 until 2010. The show features 32 works all created by Argentine sculptors, many of whom are nationally recognized.
Highlights include Córdoba-born sculptor Susana Lescano’s ‘Zigzag’ piece. Inspired by freedom, the geometric sculpture bears a resemblance to Miro’s iconic primary color scheme.
Hoping to establish a place where sculptors could freely exhibit their work, Perazzo wanted to create an accessible exhibition where the public could easily interact with contemporary art. Designed so that both famous and emerging sculptors could show their work, set against the stunning background of the Jardín Andaluz, it is contemporary art at its most user friendly. Don’t we all feel a bit lost when faced with art from time to time? The simplicity and beauty of this exhibition is that it effortlessly blends into its surroundings, making it easy for visitors to absorb and enjoy.
The exhibition, on until May 13, came about after sculptor Pauline Webb met with fellow creator Maria Silvia Corcuera. The two both felt it important to bring the exhibition back to the Museo Larreta and its surrounding 500 square meter Jardín Andaluz. Current museum director Delfina Helghera said it had been one of the most anticipated exhibitions of the year, and had been like reinstating a long awaited classic back into the Museo Larreta.
The Museo de Arte Español Enrique Larreta and Jardín Andaluz are located at Juramento 2291 in Belgrano. Open from Tuesday-Friday from 12 PM until 7 PM, on Saturdays and Sundays the museum and gardens are open from 10 AM until 8 PM. The entrance fee is AR $30. Make sure to visit before the exhibition closes next month!