For all you art-lovers out there, take note. In September, Buenos Aires will be hosting some of the most important national and international exhibits. From photography fairs to parties, porteños and foreigners alike will have the opportunity to enjoy a wide array of artistic activations and events meant to appeal to a variety of tastes.
So what’s on tap, then? Art Basel Cities Week, Gallery Weekend (organized by arteBA and Meridiano), and BAphoto are some of the heavy hitters, but the city’s main museums will also be inaugurating big exhibits as well.
ART BASEL CITIES
All focus will be on the Art Basel Cities, an annual program that will celebrate BA’s flourishing cultural ecosystem, from September 6-12. Working with a spectrum of local partner institutions. Art Basel Cities bridges the gap between the international and local art worlds through a series of professional collaborations, projects, and exchanges, thus amplifying the city’s position as an innovative cultural destination.
The main attraction, curated by Cecilia Alemani, will be Rayuela (Hopscotch); it will coincide with other works in Palermo, Recoleta, La Boca, Puerto Madero, and the Costanera Sur. All in all, the spectacle will comprise 85 public and free spaces for everyone to visit.
The week-long event will include local and international artists such as Eduardo Basualdo, Maurizio Cattelan, David Horvitz, and Mika Rottenberg. One of the most anticipated works is Cattelan’s Eternidad (Eternity), a temporary pop-up cemetery for the living in the Palermo neighborhood.
Gabriel Chaile’s featured installation in La Boca will be one of the many installations at the Art Basel. Diego Costa Peuser has said to La Nación: “Offering an abundance of work doesn’t do any harm, it enriches the scene. There will be a large mass of people arriving in our city. It is understandable that many institutions intend to be hosts. Although it also true, and we all have to keep this in mind, visitors have different profiles, interests, and above all, cannot attend all the events.”
The iconic Ruth Benzacar gallery is also participating in this event, with the invisible exhibition by Marie Orensanz; and Leandro Erlich offering an open workshop to the public. The curator of this opening, Mora Becal, told La Nación: “We are very excited about the programming. We trust in this upcoming proposal and we hope that the project will continue to foster the growth of Argentine art in the coming years, that these initiatives that boost the sector will continue to be supported.”
All information can be found on the Art Basel Cities website.
Gallery Weekend Buenos Aires (GWBA) is a new joint initiative of arteBA Foundation and Meridiano, the Argentine Chamber of Art Galleries, in collaboration with the Buenos Aires City Government.
This multifaceted program will inaugurate installations in over 40 galleries located in the coolest barrios of Buenos Aires and enable people to visit artists’ studios, see performances, and attend art talks.
In an interview with María Paula Zacharías, arteBA’s Julia Converti said “three days will offer different circuits for the local and international public to know the galleries that Buenos Aires has to offer. We’ve added this week where the slogan will be art and experience, in the city.”
So, when will it be taking place? Friday, September 7, from 5 PM to 8 PM in Recoleta and Retiro. The following day, September 8th, events will happen from 12 PM to 8 PM in Palermo, Villa Crespo, and Charcarita. Gallery Weekend concludes on Sunday the 9th in Boca and San Telmo
WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON?
If photography is what you are into, BAphoto will be holding its fourteenth edition in Palermo, at expo center La Rural from September 7th-9th. (Plan your agenda carefully as Art Basel Cities and Feria Masticar will also be on that weekend!)
Created in 2005, BAphoto is one of the most important photography fairs in Latin America. With more than a decade of experience, the fair promotes the development of photography within the artistic field and to encourage its value internationally.
Diego Costa Peuser and Francisco Medail are curating the fourteenth edition, which aims to consolidate the development and promotion of the photographic medium – incorporating the work from a variety of different artists.
Peuser told María Paula Zacharías: “It is very good what is going to happen, because it doesn’t spit anything: those who go to the photo fair do it one day, not the four. Art Basel Cities puts Buenos Aires on an international platform. We entered the mood of ‘art week’ again. And these things activate the city, they make people go to the galleries, to see the installations, to go to the fair.”
The collective exhibit, “Mirá el reloj, se derritió. Cuando las obras preguntan qué hora es,” is curated by Sonia Brece; there will be a display of works by Mónica Giron, Nicolás Gullotta, Irene Kopelman, Alfredo Londaribere, Marcelo Pombo, Alejandra Seeber, Amalia Ulman and Angustina Woodgate. There will also be a variety of tours and workshops for the public to get involved.
Additionally, the gallery director of Rolf, Forencia Giordana Braun, has pieces from Cristina Piffer; and will participate in BAphoto with a sample by Marcelo Brodsky, Brodsky “1968: El fuego de las ideas” (1968: The fire of ideas). Giordana Braun expressed to La Nación: “It is another window, another meeting point with the public, everything adds up, as long as the times and agenda is organized correctly.”
One of the most awaited showcases is the Alexander Calder exhibition at Fundación Proa. El Teatro de los Encuentros will display over 70 works that the artist created over 40 years. Calder is known for being the creator of the mobiles where he captures the movement in a series of structures that offer radical alternatives to typical conceptualization. Under the curatorship of Sandra Antelo Suérez, the exhibition will be open to the public from Saturday, September 8th.
The MALBA also has got a few tricks up its sleeve. The rejuvenation of its permanent collection will be ready at about the same time as the announcement of the museum’s new director. There will be works from Alicia Penalba, Formas Alados (winged forms), which have been restored and will be donated following importation from Italy.
The exhibition incorporates sculptures in vertical and totemic form; forming different material into conches, winged and floating spectacles. Penalba sought to experiment with and illustrate the contrasts between the different textures, brightness and opacities. These techniques create a fascinating must-see exhibit.
And finally, at the end of the month the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes will hold the grand finale. Visitors will have the opportunity to see The Watercolors Collection from the Tate Modern in London. It comprises 85 pieces by English painter William Turner and will offering a much-needed cool-down from all this art excitement with his tranquil landscapes.
- Art Basel Cities: September 6-12 | City-wide | Website
- BAphoto: September 7-9 | La Rural, Av. Sarmiento 2704 | Website
- Gallery Weekend: September 7-9| Recoleta & Retiro (Friday); Palermo, Villa Crespo, & Chacarita (Saturday); La Boca & San Telmo (Sunday) | Website
- Fundación Proa: Opens September 8 | Alexander Calder: El Teatro de los Encuentros | Pedro de Mendoza 1929 | Website
- MALBA: Opens September 20 | Alicia Penalba: Winged forms | Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415 | Website
- MNBA: Opens September 25 | William Tuner: Watercolors | Av. del Libertador 1473 | Website