Buenos Aires, an introduction

Buenos Aires is right to be cited among the most beautiful cities in the world: wide avenues, parks, cafés, book stores, the warm people made of mostly Italian and Spanish immigrants with a peculiar Spanish like the sound of a different melody, the tango clubs, its Parisian architecture, the most delicious steak in the world, lots of cultural activities that are free to visit; it is a city that you can walk for hours and stop at corner side cafés and watch the people, then walk again with a...

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The Museum Hotel of the Immigrants

In the beginning of the 19th century millions of immigrants came to Argentina to find new job, new home, new country. This building built in Puerto Madero on the port of Buenos aires was used until 1953 as an immigrant hotel where they were given shelter, food, health care during their first months here in this new country until they could find a job. Within the Bienalsur programme we visit it to watch the Brazilian fashion designer Ronaldo Fraga’s show at night and we have the opportunity to...

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City walks: from San Martin Square to Lavalle Square

The best thing to do in Buenos Aires is to walk! The city is made of wide avenues, grid shaped streets, parks, cafés, and it is an endless walking route. Especially at spring time like now at end October, the jacaranda trees with their purple flowers make your head rise to the sky while your feet follow your instincts to get to another corner of this beautiful city. A one and a half kilometre route between San Martin Square and Lavalle Square: at the end of the famous pedestrian street of...

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Walking in Recoleta: The Architecture Museum, United Nation Square and the Recoletas Cultural Centre

Recoleta is known as the most famous and chic neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires; it is due to the famous cemetery where most of the well-know figures, including the presidents, rest in peace. But it is also home to many museums. We had walked from the Japanese Garden to Recoleta Cemetery. This time we start at the Architecture Museum and walk the opposite direction. The Architecture and Design Museum is a nice rectangular tiny building with brown bricks. Continuing on the right hand side we...

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Miro & Christian Boltanski in The Museum of Fine Arts, Recoleta

Buenos Aires’ Recoleta is city’s the most chic neighbourhood; it is also home to many museums such as Malba, Museum of Fine Arts, Architecture Museum. The Museum of Fine Arts is right across the Recoleta Cemetery, this elegant pink building is where the richest art collection from the 19th European painting in South America is found: Rodin, Gauguin, Degas, Van Gogh, Made, Modigliani, also the painters from the 20th century such as Picasso, De Chirico. It is open to public and the entrance is...

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The modern Mexico: Vanguard and Pioneer, an exhibition in MALBA

A wonderful exhibition at the Museum of Latin America in Buenos Aires, Recoleta. It is a symbolical account of the art movements and the great transformation that Mexico went through during the first half of the twentieth century. The heritage of indigenous cultures, the violence of the colonial era, the promise of the revolution, all these stories are told through the art works of the most important painters of the country, a general look at Mexico’s unique history. Dr. Atl, Miguel...

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Bienalsur: Ronaldo Fraga’s fashion parade & ’God is the master of time’, Christian Boltanski

This year (2017) from September to December Bienalsur brings 350 artists and curators in 32 cities and 16 countries, taking Buenos Aires as its zero point. It defines itself the Biennial that draws its own cartography. It is the first days of November which is spring time in Buenos Aires, I arrive to the port where the Hotel Museum of the immigrants is located, candle lights line the hallway spreading a delightful aroma to the air and as I climb the stairs to the third floor I hear music and...

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The May Square & Café Tortoni & Café London City

The capital city is also home to several political manifestations and plays an important role in the bloody history of Latin America. The May Square is the center of all political movements, since 1810 when Argentine gained her independence from Spain. This is where the sound of the people is heard, where the Mothers of the May Square insist to gather to recall their lost ones during the dirty war when the military regime took various people from their homes who never came back. At one side...

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San Telmo and Bar Plaza Dorrega

If we are to talk about sister neighbourhoods San Telmo reminds someone from Istanbul like me the Karakoy district in Istanbul, in terms of its development as an industrial zone then becoming a hip district. An industrial zone close to the port, it was the residence place of the workers, far from the city center. The bohemian bourgeois ‘discovers’ it and little by little, by new art galleries, antique shops, cafés become a popular, stylish, arty place among the middle classes. If you go there...

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From Japanese Garden to Recoleta Cemetery

This is a great route; the street extends in a straight line and October here is the month jacaranda trees bloom in purple, month that smells like the warm pre-summer happiness. And this route goes through the Soho neighbourhood that has the most elite and cleanest streets and villas, the inside of which one can only imagine. And the Japanese Garden is a replica of those gardens in Japan that has no single unpleasant feature. On the morning that started off with a Japanese Garden tour, you...

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Malba-Beatriz Milhazes at the Latin American Museum of Art

One of the most beautiful neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires is Palermo; if you walk from the Japanese Garden toward the Recoleta District on the city’s most sought-after upscale street in October, just as I did, you would pass by chic buildings and make your way through trees that bloom in spring with purple flowers-it is another long, wide and straight street just like others that spin around the city. A short distance before the university buildings, you will see a futuristic, modern building...

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Places Where I Forgot to Check Time: El Ateneo Grand Splendid Bookshop

Buenos Aires is one of the most European cities in Latin America. Built by Italian migrants, this city both resembles Paris with its long and wide streets and New York as an example of grid city planning; with its crisscrossing cobblestones and cafés on corners that lure you inside, it is a place where one can walk for hours. One of the places one should stop by while walking around cafés, bookstores, museums and parks with a big smile on one’s face is El Ateneo Bookstore. Having started...

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Florida street and around

Similar to Manhattan island of New York, the grid shape plan in Buenos Aires make it easy to stroll through the city. The centre around Florida is lively during day time: the pedestrian street Florida and the parallel streets Maipu, Esmeralda and Suipacha cross the avenues Paraguay, Córdoba, Viamonte, Tucumán. Many of the buildings are offices, the Florida street is a shopping heaven, from best quality leather shops to bookstores or souvenir shops you can find anything. A chic shopping mall...

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CCK: Centro Cultural Kirshner, Democracy at work
CCK

As you walk along the Puerto Madero district, the harbour district by the river, you come to the pedestrian avenue and turn left where you will see the splendid building that looks like standing in a Parisian postcard. The Cultural Center of Kirshner, taking its name from the former president of Argentina, used to be the main post office of the city and from 2015 on it has become one of the main public culture and art spaces. It has a concert hall, five auditoriums, eighteen halls, forty art...

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San Telmo, the art district- Museum of Modern Art and Museum of Contemporary Art

The neighbourhood of San Telmo which is mostly known for its flea and antique market on Sundays is also the art district of the city. Many art galleries are found in this area as well as two museums that are standing next to each other. The Contemporary Art museum of Latin America and the Modern Art Museum of Buenos Aires. As we see the brick wall exterior of the modern art museum we go inside to explore the big collection of the exhibition ‘A Tale of Two Worlds’ spread out into two floors....

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A day trip to Uruguay’s Colonia del Sacramento

Right across the river, an hour ferry trip from Buenos Aires takes you to Colonia del Sacramento, the little town with historical quarter listed in the Unesco world heritage site. And it is worth the trip, once you take the ferry at the Puerto Madero Port in Buenos Aires, you arrive in an hour and a half - check the Buquebus or Colonia Express lines to see the schedule for several ferries per day- at the port of Colonia del Sacramento. The historical quarter is walking distance from the port....

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