There’s never a shortage of new material for art lovers in the city of Buenos Aires. With dozens of museums, from world-renowned institutions like MALBA to smaller, more specialized exhibits like those of Museo Sívori, the options seem endless… until suddenly they don’t. For those who have already managed to OD on museums but still crave an artistic afternoon, mark your calendars for Saturday, August 24, when #GalleryDay is back and better than ever.
More than 30 private art galleries will be opening their doors to the public as part of the event – all in the chic barrios of Palermo and Villa Crespo. Whether you need a sophisticated day-date to look forward to with your novio or want to finally fit in a fun outing with an old friend before el invierno draws to a close, this recorrido will be the perfect fit.
So, what can you expect on a Gallery Day? As we at The Bubble have written in the past, you can think of it like a self-guided tour that you’re free to dip in and out of at any time. You’ll have a digital map to aid you and are free to spend the afternoon exploring just a couple or all of of the many art galleries included. Almost like an open-air treasure hunt, spend several hours (3 – 7 PM) uncovering the hidden creative corners of the neighborhoods you only *think* you know so well, and then head over for dinner at your Palermo Soho go-to or one of these must-try Villa Crespo joints.
The initiative of doing gallery open-days was first started in 2001 by the digital magazine Arte Online and now includes over 80 participating galleries, which are divided into three districts: Palermo/Villa Crespo, Recoleta/Retiro, and San Telmo/La Boca. In 2019, visit the Recoleta locations on October 4th and the San Telmo on September 28th.
Of course, we can’t go through all thirty-plus galleries (that’s for you to explore and let us know what you think later), so the following are just a few that seemed particularly #artsy.
DAIN USINA CULTURAL
This art space *triples* as a quaint bookshop and modern cafe, hosting book club discussion groups, intimate coffee dates, and, apparently, contemporary art. You may have read about them in our round-up of Palermo’s bookshop-coffeeshops, but don’t sleep on Dain for Gallery Day. Keep up with their upcoming events if you can’t make it then, you won’t regret it.
Dain Usina Cultural | Nicaragua 4899 | Tel: 4778-3554 | Web
Open since 2014 and directed by curator Celine Pla, for whom the space is named, the gallery fashions itself a “hybrid space,” functioning not only as an art exhibition space but also as a “laboratory of ideas.” It regularly explores the potential for art in the sphere of education by hosting seminars, discussion groups, and workshops.
Espacio Pla | Malabia 1841, 2nd floor | Tel: 4833-5838 | Web
ESPACIO ARTE PAR
More than just an art gallery, this space is a social justice hub, championing equality of opportunity within arts education. Aside from their lofty goals though, they also feature a super Insta-worthy fun exhibition centered around beach balls, balloons, and the respective photography they inspire.
Espacio Arte Par | Thames 808 | Tel: 4778-5800 | Web
This pop-up gallery takes a household item we know well and creates masterpieces on its theme and out of its very pages. At Casa O, books take center stage but not for reading – they’re transformed in a fascinating variety of ways, from cutting out centers to replace with mirrors, creating the illusion of an entire book when only the cover remains, to stringing lights through ancient-seeming pages.
A simple space with plain white walls and a hardwood floor, Galería Unión isn’t trying to be something it’s not. Their colorful and mystical paintings will leave you feeling transported to a different world, one full of the total freedom of childhood imagination combined with the skill of elevated abstract art.
Galería Unión | Costa Rica 5929 | Tel: 4775 2935 | Web
For more details about the event, visit the Gallery Day website and make sure you’ve got your best artistic ensemble ready for the occasion.