Art in Argentina has made a defining impression on me. Front the streets to buildings to restaurants to the museums and to the people, beautiful art forms emerge. Today, we explored the town of Palermo, a cute neighborhood of colorful streets that is comprised of many artsy cafes, restaurants, and small shops. There was even an open-air market where local artisans were selling their unique crafts. We spent the morning just walking throughout which was so peaceful during such a nice, sunny day. My favorite place was a cafe called El Patio where I felt like I was in a French garden. The inspirational quotes, flowers, and antique tables made it very inviting and a great background for photography. We took many pictures today as it was hard not to want to capture the vibrant art of the neighborhood. For lunch, I enjoyed gnocchi that melted in my mouth with fresh bread and seasoned butter. I have not had a meal that I did not enjoy profusely yet here.
Historical art came together at MALBA, the Modern Museum of Art in Buenos Aires. Previous visits to modern art museums made me skeptical about appreciating the different forms, but I was very impressed and wished I could have spent more time there taking each piece in. My favorite collection was the photography of the early to mid-1900s. The images were abstract and some even consisted of what would be the equivalence to photoshopping. Although I didn’t have the chance to see every piece, the one I felt the most emotional drawn to was an image of two hands holding at a cafe table. The delicacy of the touch and emulated warmth of comfort just from a single picture was very moving to me.
I would also have to say that the collection called dreams was very interesting. Before I knew the name of the artist’s collection, I was trying to analyze what was happening in each photograph which were very complex and dystopian like, demonstrating scary or strange images. The title was about dreams, which immediately made the messages clear as it depicted internal fears of the unconscious mind.
In the next collection, representing the mid to late 1900s, I got a glimpse of more surrealism works which I find fascinating to try and uncover a meaning. In my Spanish class last semester, I did a project on Antonio Berni, and was glad to see some of his work displayed, such as “Pan y Trabajo,” as I could trace the similarities to the painting I analyzed in class, “Desocupados.”
The last section we visited in the museum was the most modern of recent years. There I found the work I could least appreciate as the concepts were way to abstract for me to comprehend, such as a single canvas painted black displayed. One piece I found very cool, however, was called “Seven Unexpected Movements” which consisted of several buttons that when pressed would create an action on the art, different each time a button was pressed. The interactive component of the art made it intriguing.
Art has always been an interest of mine so being able to take time to appreciate and admire the work of Argentines made today so special.