This week I’m spending some time exploring museums in Buenos Aires. I’ve been to these two museums so far:
National Bellas Artes Museum (MNBA) The great part about this museum is that the entrance is free! It is an art museum in the Recoleta area, near the Cemetery. The museum has a collection of European Art and artists from Argentina. I especially liked the section with Impressionistic paintings and loved the Edgar Degas paintings of dancing ballet girls. Something that amused me: the halls are painted the same colours as indicated on the museum map. There are halls with grey, all shades of green and bright red walls!It was weird for me to look at paintings against coloured walls. It felt a bit wrong. The most horrible aspect of the coloured walls is that the lighting does not suit the different shades of walls. Every display hall felt under lit. I had to squint to read captions next to the paintings. The museum has a great shop inside – the best lit space in the building! Don’t plan to go look at art on a Monday – the museum is closed on Mondays. These beautiful clouds greeted me when I walked out of the museum:I have to point out the robot-like street lights that are next to some roads. They’re painted turquoise!
Carlos Gardel House MuseumYou will recognise his face when you see a picture of it. He’s the man with the hat and big smile. Carlos Gardel’s face can be seen on postcards, walls, coasters and many other souvenirs in Buenos Aires. Uruguayans claim that Gardel was born in their country and that he moved to Buenos Aires for a music career. The sign outside the museum chooses to ignore that part of his history – apparently he was born in France and moved to Buenos Aires at a very young age. Carlos Gardel is the king of Tango. He performed his tango music in Buenos Aires and as his fame grew he travelled to other countries. He appeared in US and French films. The house is located in the Abasto neighbourhood; not the best part of the city. It is the house that he bought for his mother. Entrance is only 5 pesos. The museum is not spectacular – it has pictures and posters on the walls and a mate cup display in one room.There are sometimes tango lessons in the house. Carlos Gardel died in a freak Air-plane accident on a flight from Colombia. As the plane was getting ready to lift off from the runway, another plane got in the way. The first plane was unable to fly over the other plane, so the two planes collided.Some houses in the area is painted brightly to add some tango magic to the neighbourhood.