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The Bellas Artes Museum Reopens This Friday, With Plenty of Surprises

New features include a permanent Pre-Columbian art exhibit.

By | [email protected] | April 9, 2019 9:19am

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It’s quite the busy week for culture lovers in Buenos Aires. On the one hand there’s arteBA, the contemporary art extravaganza that will be taking place in La Rural starting on Thursday. On the other hand, there’s BAFICI, Buenos Aires’ own independent film festival that’s been running non-stop since last week and goes all the way to this Sunday. And if all that weren’t enough, we’ve got something else coming your way, courtesy of one of the biggest names in art in the city. The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA) will reopen its doors after an almost two-month renovation aimed at making it an even friendlier, more diverse space for visitors.

Photo via Turismo de Buenos Aires

Architecture & Curatorship

In an interview with La Nación, MNBA’s director Andrés Duprat explained the two main reasons why the museum has been closed from February 19th up until this coming Friday. “The project has two prongs: the architectural one looks to simplify visitor transit from the entrance, as first-time visitors would not know where to begin once they entered. The other focus is on curatorship, mainly on the ground floor: we incorporated Pre-hispanic and colonial art and amplified the Argentine art.”

This latter idea looks to account for diversity by displaying the richness of the Argentine offering and giving it its fair spot in the history of art. It will exhibit 380 pieces of northwestern culture generated between the fifth and fifteenth centuries and include everyday objects like textiles, as well as items linked to sacred rituals. It’s important to highlight that MNBA has one of the largest collections of art in Argentina, with over 12,000 works that include paintings, sculptures, illustrations, textiles, and objects.

Andrés Duprat (Photo via Diario de Cuyo)

New Exhibits

The museum will reopen its doors on Friday, April 12th with the simultaneous inauguration of two exhibitions of Argentine artists: Carlos Alonso, painting and memory, in the Pavilion of temporary exhibitions, and Diana Dowek. Landscapes insumisos, which includes a piece that cost close to AR $600,000. On the other hand, Nymphs, snakes, constellations. The artistic theory of Aby Warburg will bring together a selection of works of Fine Arts to illustrate the main ideas of the German historian. This exhibition will be held as part of the International Warburg Symposium, organized together with the National Library.

Even though a lot has changed, visiting hours remain the same (Tuesdays to Fridays from 11 AM to 8 PM; Weekends from 10 AM to 8 PM) as does the entry fee, which is AR $100 for residents and AR $200 for non-residents.

So let’s recap, this Friday you can check out the reopening of the MNBA, then swing over to dig into some arteBA, and still have time for a BAFICI flick at night…  A perfect way to kick the weekend, if you ask me.

Photo via La Agenda Revista