Buenos Aires’s most deluxe museum, the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires is a striking steel-and-glass structure dedicated to Latin American art rather than the Eurocentric contents of many—if not most—Argentine collections. Designed by Córdoba architects Gastón Atelman, Martín Fourcade, and Alfredo Tapia, it devotes one entire floor to the private collection of Argentine businessman Eduardo F. Constantini, the motivating force behind the museum’s creation; the 2nd floor offers special exhibitions.
The most prominent artists on display are the Mexicans Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, but there are also works by Antonio Berni, the Chilean Robert Matta, the Uruguayan Pedro Figari, and others. It also has a cinema and hosts other cultural events.
The Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, tel. 011/4808-6500, www.malba.org.ar, US$4, US$1.25 Wed.) is open noon–9 p.m. Wednesday, noon–8 p.m. Thursday–Monday and holidays.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Argentina, 3rd edition