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article imageReview: European and Argentine Art shine at National Museum of Fine Arts Special

By Igor I. Solar     Jun 24, 2014 in Entertainment
Buenos Aires - The City of Buenos Aires has a rich and wide variety of museums of national and international art as well as other exhibits on various topics, including history, natural sciences, football, tango, immigration, automobiles, and many more.
Among the most important historical museums in Buenos Aires is the Holocaust Museum. This cultural center shows, through objects, pictures and words, the life of the Jews in Argentina and in Europe before and during World War II including a valuable collection of photographs of German soldier Heinz Jöst taken in 1941 in the Warsaw Ghetto.
Another interesting institution is the Museum of Tango which occupies a large part of the Palace of Carlos Gardel and is the headquarters of the National Academy of Tango. The museum takes a journey through the history of tango from 1850 to the present by displaying pictures, tango memorabilia and musical instruments used by famous figures of Argentine tango. It also has a shop selling tango CDs and souvenirs.
However, one of the most important cultural sites in the city and also in Latin America is the National Museum of Fine Arts (MNBA) displaying European Art from the XV to the XX Centuries, and holding the largest collection of XIX and XX Century Argentine art in the country and the world.
The National Museum of Fine Arts of Buenos Aires is located at 1473 El Libertador Avenue in the Reco...
The National Museum of Fine Arts of Buenos Aires is located at 1473 El Libertador Avenue in the Recoleta District of the Argentine capital.
Photo taken by I.I. Solar of   The Kiss  by Rene Francois Auguste Rodin (1889) at the National Museu...
Photo taken by I.I. Solar of "The Kiss" by Rene Francois Auguste Rodin (1889) at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Photo taken by I.I. Solar of   Holy Conversation  by Nicolo Pisano  oil on wood  at the National Mus...
Photo taken by I.I. Solar of "Holy Conversation" by Nicolo Pisano, oil on wood, at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Photo taken by I.I. Solar of   Vahine no te miti  (Femme a la mer  by Paul Gauguin (1892)  oil on ca...
Photo taken by I.I. Solar of "Vahine no te miti" (Femme a la mer" by Paul Gauguin (1892), oil on canvas. National Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Located in the area known as “The Museum Mile” in the Recoleta district, MNBA was opened in 1896 and operated for several years in the building now occupied by "Galerías Pacífico," one of the most prestigious shopping centers in the city. The current building dates from 1933.
Among the nearly 12,000 pieces of international art in the museum some highlights are works by El Greco, Goya, Rodin, Rembrandt, Rubens, Renoir, Degas, Cézanne, Chagall and Picasso. The collection of prime Argentine painters includes works by Cándido Lopez, Benito Quinquela Martín and Antonio Seguí, among many others.
Photo taken by I.I. Solar of   The surprised nymph  by Edouard Manet (1861).  National Museum of Fin...
Photo taken by I.I. Solar of "The surprised nymph" by Edouard Manet (1861). National Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Photo taken by I.I. Solar of    The Vanity of Life   Anonymous  oil on canvas. National Museum of Fi...
Photo taken by I.I. Solar of "The Vanity of Life", Anonymous, oil on canvas. National Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Photo taken by I.I. Solar of   Mother and Daughter  by Nicolas de Larguilliere (1712)  oil on canvas...
Photo taken by I.I. Solar of "Mother and Daughter" by Nicolas de Larguilliere (1712), oil on canvas. National Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Photo taken by I.I. Solar of   Portrait of Diego Martelli  by Edgar Degas (1879)  oil on canvas. Nat...
Photo taken by I.I. Solar of "Portrait of Diego Martelli" by Edgar Degas (1879), oil on canvas. National Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Among the most interesting and educational displays of the National Museum of Fine Arts is the collection of the Guerrico family. This sumptuous presentation was opened in 2008 and shows in two rooms the beginnings of European art collecting in Argentina in the nineteenth century. The Guerrico collection, consisting of more than 600 paintings, sculptures and objects, is an important part of the foundational artistic heritage of the MNBA.
Besides the value of each art piece, the display is interesting because of the way it is presented. The deep red walls of the rooms are meticulously overcrowded with grouped paintings integrating a dissimilar profusion, typical of the way art was displayed in the past in the halls of private residences (see video above; narrated in Spanish, but the images are Universal).
Photo taken by I.I. Solar of  Bronze Statue in the Guerrico Hall of the National Museum of Fine Arts...
Photo taken by I.I. Solar of Bronze Statue in the Guerrico Hall of the National Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Photo taken by I.I. Solar of  marble statue in the Guerrico Collection at the National Museum of Fin...
Photo taken by I.I. Solar of marble statue in the Guerrico Collection at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The National Museum of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires is located at 1473 El Libertador Avenue. Free guided tours in English are offered on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 12:30, and on Saturday at 2 p.m. Admission to the museum is free.
Visitors to the Argentine capital who are interested in history, appreciate fine arts, and enjoy free things, cannot miss this outstanding museum.
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