Tango and Art Museums in Buenos Aires

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)DSC_5239 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.     Edgar_Degas_-_Amarillo_y_RosaSomething 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!DSC_5243It 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.DSC_5244 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.DSC_5245 These beautiful clouds greeted me when I walked out of the museum:DSC_5246I have to point out the robot-like street lights that are next to some roads.  They’re painted turquoise!DSC_5241

Carlos Gardel House MuseumDSC_5187You 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.   DSC_5182Uruguayans 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.  DSC_5179The 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.DSC_5181There 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.DSC_5184Some houses in the area is painted brightly to add some tango magic to the neighbourhood.

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