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Tuesday, June 22, 2010


It would be difficult to complete a week (a little more than a week, I know) on Buenos Aires museum postings without mentioning the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, better known as the MALBA.  This is Buenos Aires claim-to-fame museum, and probably the most known museum in Argentina. 

Location: Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415
Phone: (54-11) 4808-6500
Hours: Thurs - Mon 12:00pm - 8:00pm, Wednesday 12:00pm - 9:00pm, closed Tues.
Admission: Adults $18 pesos; students & seniors $9 pesos.  Discounts on Wednesdays, Adults $6 pesos, seniors $3 pesos, students free.

The MALBA opened in 2001, so it is still relatively new to the scene.  The building is very modern, open and airy with lots of glass and extremely high ceilings.  There are a number of traveling exhibits that make their way to the MALBA, we decided to visit during the Andy Warhol exhibit this past February.  We both enjoyed the museum, and there are plenty of beautiful and mysterious pieces to be seen.  I have been thinking about writing this post for awhile but it was always postponed because I am in the minority of people that do not particularly love the MALBA.  I can't blame this on the museum, it is mostly because it is a modern art museum and on the whole, I am not a lover of modern art.  What I do love about the MALBA is that they offer lectures, classes, movies and a book of the month discussion in the auditorium through their malba.literature program.  My friend Christina turned me on to this program and I am forever grateful - Thanks Christina!  These classes are great for me because they help grow my art knowledge and allow me to practice my Spanish at the same time. 

If you're coming to Bs.As., you really need to see the MALBA.  It is a great museum in a wonderful location and you can spend all day there, or just a hour or so to see the exhibits.  Now that I've been there, I'll be waiting at the Volta across the street while our visitors check out the art.


  1. I don't particularly love the MALBA either. I think it's hard for me to understand the art there without better explanations, and I really wished they had something more in English. Especially for the main floor. But a beautiful building!

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