Time to come out of hibernation as the weather is looking good for this well-deserved long weekend, and if you’re struggling to decide what to do with all the extra free time, why not check out the city’s local art scene?
Obviously, we all know of the more conventional, big-name galleries and museums, such as MALBA, but Buenos Aires has a lot more to offer if you’re willing to dig around a bit. For those who enjoy art, or simply just want to get out the house and do something different, the following exhibitions are hosted by some of the trendiest and most alternative galleries in Buenos Aires.
Have a flick through our selection of the best exhibitions to see this month and take your pick!
Galaría HACHE – “Piedra, Tijera, Papel”
If you enjoy art and wine, swing by the Galería HACHE. A small gallery in Villa Crespo is directed by three women: Melisa Jenik, Herminda Lehitte and Silvina Pirraglia, all committed to re-thinking the concept of contemporary art. They represent a small but diverse spectrum of artists, most from Argentina, with an eclectic style, from figuration, to drawing, to geometric art.
The gallery is currently hosting the artwork of Leticia Obeid, born in Córdoba in 1975. She combines video, drawing and writing within a majority of her artwork.
Her exhibition Piedra, Tijera, Papel (rock, paper, scissors) will be held at the venue until September 15th and was curated by Federico Baeza. The central piece emerges from a video made in 2017 for a contemporary opera directed by Franco Panisello at the main auditorium of the Reina Sofía National Art Center in Madrid. The exhibition inaugurated by HACHE is a reworking of that audio-visual material.
In this video the artist explores the beginnings of paleontology, showing intricate detail within her work. The images are taken from the handcraft workshop carried out at the Bernardino Rivadavia Museum, titled the Saturn Footprint. Her pieces aim to create a relationship between science and art, as Obeid applies scientific logic to her paintings.
She also applies these processes to a series of graphic works that waver between painting and drawing. They are small sheets, often unframed, and easy to transport and display. In these vividly colored pieces the artist explores the hidden layers that exist within each one.
Tuesday – Saturday from 2 PM to 7 PM | Loyola 32 | Free | More info
Centro Cultural Federal Pilar – “Bocofonía”
Not all art exists within the limits of the Capital. Just an hour drive away lies Pilar, home to many a gated community and now a nice dose of culture. Opened on August 10th, Pilar’s Culture Center is hosting the exhibition “Bocof0nía”, with the works by the Cuban artist Paola Montes de Oca.
Luckily, it won’t burn a hole in your pocket, as admission is completely free and will be held at the venue located at Pedro Lagrave 218 until August 24th, so you still have some time to check it out.
The artist has painted a variety of mouths, and each piece is accompanied by an audio voice – hence the name “Bocofonía.” The exhibition itself aims to test both the sense of sight and hearing, resulting in a truly multi-sensorial experience.
You can also get involved, as there will be a microphone and camera connected to a screen at the center of the venue.
There will also have be live performances from a soloist from the Teatró Colón interpreting the passage “La Reina de La Noche” from the Mozart’s opera La Flauta Mágica.
Monday – Friday from 8 AM to 6 PM | Centro Cultural Federal Pilar – Pedro Lagrave 281, Pilar | Free | More info
Elsi del Rio – “Materialistas”
The small modern gallery in Palermo Hollywood opened its doors back in 2000 and hosts the artwork of some of the youngest and best artists, but also creating a platform for contemporary art. Working with a host of young curators, Elsi del Rio is a place where you can see the best up-and-coming creators.
From August 15th through September 27th, the work of three self-declared “materialists” – Richard Sturgeon, Carlos Arnaiz, and Juan Astica – will on display. The artists use bold and vibrant colors to show the “dirty” work of the painting processes, creating a variety of distinct patterns. This idea of materialism is to focus solely on the art, and what you can see on the paper – rather than get bogged down by the hidden meanings.
The owner of Elsi del Río, Fernando Entín, gives the place a friendly vibe; making it a very welcoming and chilled environment, which further adds to the gallery’s appeal.
(Photo via Facebook/ Elsi del Rio)
Tuesday – Friday from 1 PM to 7 PM & Saturdays 11 AM to 3 PM| Elsi del Rio, Humboldt 1510 |Free | More info
Hollywood in Cambodia – “Pesadillas Congénitas”
If you’re into street art then give Hollywood in Cambodia a visit. This is the first gallery in the City to dedicate itself solely street art, which emerged back in 2006 and is quite possibly the edgiest one on the list. It sits above Post Street bar, which unsurprisingly is completely covered by graffiti. This means you can get cultured and have a few beers at the same time – win-win situation. The space is a collaborative gallery co-owned by the HIC crew, one of which has described the gallery as “beautiful chaos.”
Currently, the vibrant street art gallery has launched the exhibition of “Pesadillas Congénitas” (Congenital Nightmares), which will be at the venue until September 15th. This art exhibition is an alliance of three artists, el Diente, Cromagwhite and Piranha, who illustrate the dystopian future and the crisis within society in their pieces – focusing on factors of oppression, such as marginalization, mental health, political disorder, corruption, amongst others.
Sounds extremely lighthearted, doesn’t it? This exhibition offers a new dimension to art where you’ll not find anywhere else in the city.
The icing on the cake is if you head over there Thursday night, Post Street Bar offers a free beer and pizza. Yas, queen.
Wednesday – Saturday from 5 PM to 9 PM| Thames 1885, 1st floor | Free | More info
The urban art-space Galería Union works to support the urban Latin-American art scene, using exhibitions and events to pin down slices of a culture whose urban medium is in a constant state of renovation and decay. It’s founded by Graffitimundo, a non-profit organization that wants to “connect more people with this fascinating scene and document the cultural and historical context of this unique movement.”
You can find a lot of affordable prints and original artwork by some of the most renowned urban artists, as well as lesser-known local artists. There are also stencil workshops where you can do some artwork of your own.
Currently, the venue is hosting an exhibition featuring some of their favorite artwork by local artists. One of the many featured is Cabaio, an artist with heightened sensitivity to his urban surroundings. The content of his work ranges from the emotive and intimate, to the polemic and political. The kaleidoscope of colors represents the beauty within the chaos of his artwork.
[UPDATE: apologies for the outdated information, but the work by Georgina Ciotti is no longer available at this gallery. We regret the error.]
Open by appointment | Costa Rica 5929 | Free | [email protected] or call 4775 2935