Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano
Housing the collections of its founder, Isaac Fernández Blanco, the municipal art museum contains an impressive array of Spanish- and Portuguese-American religious painting and statuary, as well as exquisite silverwork and furniture. It occupies the Palacio Noel, an equally impressive neocolonial residence built for city mayor Carlos Noel by his brother Martín in 1921. With its nods to Andalucía, Arequipa (Perú), and especially Lima for its balconies, the house was an antidote to the period’s fashionable Francophile architecture.
The Museo Municipal de Arte Hispanoamericano (Suipacha 1422, tel. 011/4327-0272 or 011/4327-0228, US$0.25, free Thurs.) is open 2–7 p.m. Tuesday–Friday and weekends 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Guided tours take place at 3 and 5 p.m. Saturday–Sunday, but the museum may be closed in January and/or February.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Argentina, 3rd edition