Art and Antiques for Montevideo, Uruguay Topic: Uruguay
Art and Antiques for Montevideo, Uruguay
Uruguay is a beautiful nation, filled with history and culture. Like Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile, Montevideo is a cosmopolitan metropolis which received a strong influx of immigrants throughout its history. The interesting combination of indigenous population and European immigrants resulted in a rich and varied culture that shares some of the old continent's features at the time it adds new meaning to some others because of its own particular evolution.
A perfect place in which we can witness that very unique combination is at Montevideo's markets and fairs.
Tristan Narvaja Fair is Montevideo's largest and most important antique fair, featuring apart from all sorts of antiques, collectibles and memorabilia, food, cloths and all sorts of kick knacks. Every Sunday from early in the morning to mid afternoon, the tens of blocks that conform the fair begin to populate with thousands of visitors, antique dealers, collectors and curious passers-by’s.
On Saturday morning, the option in Montevideo is the open air market of the old city: Plaza Matriz. Located in front of the Cabildo building, this fair less extensive than the Tristan Narvaja one has all sorts of antiques and collectibles, from books to medals, furniture, clothing and even some interesting handcrafts.
The main focus and attraction for dealers and collectors, as we said before is Tristan Narvaja fair. Interesting and appealing for all its evident virtues, this fair has a lot to offer to the visitor who understands the order in the mess, the sounds in the noise, and the particular smells in a mix combination of odours. That's the way fairs are. Complex, chaotic, complicated, and very interesting if one dares to experience the journey to its fullness.
This fair, like the majority of the Latin American fairs does not share the order and tidiness of European or American Markets. It is not solely an antique fair, it's a fair that features all things that might be needed by someone at one point, and that were owned by someone who doesn't need them any more. Many of the antiques shown there are not understood as antiques -though many others are- and that's why the range of price is so variable. All these kind of markets were established in Latin America during economical crisis, when people began to sell its belongings to make a living, and they remained as non-standardized Markets.The best ally when hunting in this market is the trained and keen eye of the expert who manages to highlight among a pile of useless junk a valuable collectible or antique, and who has the ability of bargaining the price with the owner. Someone once said that the best antique dealer's work takes place in a mix combination of detective skills and junkman, a treasure hunter in a packed warehouse of useless items where you might find that perfect object that's not only significant in terms of aesthetics and style but also in terms of cultural value.
Don't doubt it, these fairs are filled with amazing items, objects, pieces of furniture, artworks and other interesting findings, the key here is to have the virtue of patience and the keenness of the train eye.
So if you are interested in Art, Design or Antiques, and you are travelling to Buenos Aires, Argentina, or to Santiago, Chile or even Montevideo, Uruguay and need to buy and export these items or only need tips and information, please feel free to email us…….Please feel free to contact Bob Frassinetti with thsi email address: Email: Bob Frassinetti.
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Santiago de Chile for Art and Antiques Topic: Chile
Art and Antiques from Santiago, Chile
Art and Antiques fro Chile, Santiago de Chile. First set of a series of articles and useful tips and information for those travelling to Santiago, Chile and looking for Art and Antiques.
Santiago de Chile is the capital city of the narrow and elongated southern country limiting with Argentina to the East, crossing the imponent AndesMountains, and Peru and Bolivia to the North… to the West, the everlasting emerald colored Pacific Ocean.
This capital, very much alike Buenos Aires and Montevideo, is a cosmopolitan metropolis of crossed influences featuring a strong modern style at the time it blends the influence of millenary indigenous cultures. Under that first impression European feel, Santiago is very much part of Latin America in its culture, social standards and way of life.
The busy area of the Plaza de Armas, downtown Santiago featuring yuppies, working men and women in expensive designers’ suits, cellular talking people rushing from one place to the other, contrasts with Santiago’s most important marketplace: Bio Bio.
While first impressions are very important, we feel that in order to truly grasp the feel of Santiango one needs to go under the skin of those first impressions to find the substance of the being Chilean.
Following the route of marchants, dealers and collectors we tend to enter a world of amusing cultural contradictions where the old becomes antique, and a dirty warehouse becomes the place you’ve been dreaming on in your way up to Chile. Bio Bio is known as the Persian market of Santiago, for it shares the main concept of those Middle Eastern markets where you can buy and sell almost everything, where bargaining the prices is a must in order to establish a good negotiation and end up with the item you want, and also, where the local culture is more vivid and lively. At the Bio Bio market traditional local food and drinks blend together with original 18th century antique furniture, collectible china memorabilia of all kinds and brilliant antique toys. The sounds of modern Chile merge together with traditional string quartets at the time a passerby salesman offers you to follow him to the best stand of the fair.
Bio Bio is not tidy, it’s not neat, it’s not gringo suited tailored to portray a strange conception of the “authentic Chilean”. Bio Bio is authentically Chilean, messy, noisy, filled with new and interesting smells, chaotic and absolutely brilliant. It’s a place where locals and visitors who want more truly get in touch with the Chilean culture, and of course it is by far the best place to hunt down one of a kind collectibles and rare antiques.
The Persian, as locals refer to it, is located in the outskirts of Santiago, in what used to be the Slaughterhouse area, out of use for over three decades. Easily accessed by using the extraordinary Metro –subway- system, this market opens Saturdays at 10 AM.
Originally set back in the early 30s when the world was undergoing a terrible economical crisis, the Market was a way thru which most locals could find some extra cash by selling some of the family’s relics… back then the Franklin neighborhood where the Persian stands today was undergoing an era of splendorous work and profits, thanks to the input of Chilean leathers and meats to the World’s Market. But tables changed only three decades later when that particular industry dropped dramatically and went practically out of use. By 1979 the former Slaughterhouse neighborhood was abandoned, and the area began to change into a Persian neighborhood where not only the Market is the place perfectly suited to find extraordinary bargains, but also the surrounding houses, shops and warehouses.
The terrible economic crisis of 1982 was the final addition in this neighborhood’s transformation.
Today the market is constantly expanding around the area and the related shops from food and beverages to music and cultural shows make of this a must do activity when trying to discover the beauties and treasures of Santiago.
Plaza de Mayo: the heart of the Argentine politics Topic: Buenos Aires Historical
Plaza de Mayo: the heart of the Argentine politics
It is known around the globe that Argentina is a very political country. In the country of the broad pampas, the great wine and the sensual tango dance, everyone has a saying regarding politics and you will see Argentines heatedly arguing about politics almost everywhere, from a city park to a cab, a downtown café or a social club. This society takes very seriously its deliberation role in the Republican organization of the Nation. And as such the individuals that altogether compose the society take part in politically significant actions thru means of public demonstrations. The center-point for these demonstrations has always been the political trademark space of the Nation: Plaza de Mayo, home to the governmental palace known as the Pink house.
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For over two centuries, two blocks conforming up the famous Plaza de Mayo have been the stage upon which most crucial decisive facts take place staging the turning points of the country’s history. Experts in politics and sociology agree on the central role this particular stage plays in the political evolution of the country. It is not that the people gathered in the plaza are the decision makers of our politics, but it is indeed true that no important decisions were made without the public support of the People demonstrating in the Plaza. Hence the phrase “A ruler who does not rule upon the plaza cannot govern the country”, meaning that the public opinion expressed on the Plaza de Mayo on his favor or against the government’s precepts, is key to furthering any governmental decisions.
This tradition dates from the early days of the independence back in 1800. In May 1810, when the inhabitants of the Viceroyalty of the River Plate were discussing their independence from the Spanish Crown, distinguished Creole citizens gathered together in the place where today stands the Plaza de Mayo –back then known as the Plaza de la Victoria- to demand their Independence in front of the Cabildo (the governmental offices of the Colony). History text books tell that they demonstrated their will for independence under a strong rain, standing by the Cabildo in aims to pressure the authorities who were deliberating for several days. Once the decision was made the representatives communicated it to the awaiting crowd who celebrated with cheers and victory tears, and soon after the crowd took over the fort across the Cabildo. This fort was later on demolished and in that place a new building was constructed: the Pink House of Government.
In 1884, the Plaza de la Victoria becomes Plaza de Mayo in honor of the May Revolution of Independence. The Plaza de Mayo, with its new name, would become the center for the Argentine political life.
Back in 1890, the first modern political party was created under the name Civic Union, and to honor its creation the party organized its first political rally marching towards the Plaza de Mayo. That enormous gathering of people became a significant social event as it marks the first political act of masses of the contemporary Argentine History. The impact of the meeting was of such importance that it destabilized the corrupt government of President Juarez Celman forcing him to resign and call upon national elections.
Two decades after this political demonstration, the famous Plaza de Mayo would become the main stage for the May Revolution Centennial Celebration, featuring parades, bands and celebrity visitors…
By the 1930s the Plaza de Mayo was already a trademark spot in the country, the heart of the political and social masses that chose this particular location to speak their mind. On September 8th the first dictator of modern Argentina Jose Felix Uriburu arrives to the presidency after overthrowing UCR party president Hipolito Yrigoyen with a military coupe d’etat. The fact that this political move had a strong support in the upper and middle classes of Buenos Aires was evident in its first public appearance, when President Uriburu decides to take the presidential sworn in the balcony of the Pink house facing a packed plaza de Mayo.
This act is known as the appropriation of the public space by the ruling classes. However it won’t be long until the masses of working humble origin take upon the public space. On October 17th 1945, millions of workers from all around the country gathered together at the Plaza de Mayo to ask for the liberation of a populist Cornel that would soon become a massive public figure: Juan Domingo Peron. This was a turning point in the argentine history and the way the people did politics. It was a moment in which tables changed and actions awarded new meanings to public spaces. From then on, the Plaza de Mayo would no longer act as a ruling class public space, but more of a popular lower class tribune thru which the “dispossessed”, as Peron used to call them, spoke up their mind.
A couple of years latter the famous scene from the Evita Musical took place. A packed Plaza de Mayo with Peronist followers was cheering for Evita whom they wanted to be vice president for the reelection of the General Juan Domingo. Evita was very ill, being eaten up by a deadly cancer; she addressed the masses, asking them not to cry for her… soon after the woman who had awarded the Female Argentines their right to vote passed away.
After being reelected for a second term in 1952 Peron governed Argentina for three more years before he was overturned by the National Navy and Air Forces. The overturn took place during a terrible bombing. The place bombed was the famous Plaza de Mayo.
Peron was forced to a long 18 year long exile and the traditional public political activity was tried to keep silenced. The political movement relocated from the plaza de Mayo to other public spaces to express its ideas and ideals.
The masses would regain the Plaza in 1974, during the demonstrations of May 1st when the Peronist leader was reestablished as the Nation’s president.
Soon after the forces of the Military leaders would retake upon the democratic government opening a dark period in the Argentine history. Marshal Law was established together with a myriad of human rights violations. The only courageous ones enough to protest were the relatives and mothers of the abducted civilians.
On April 30th 1977, the organization Madres de Plaza de Mayo regained control of the Plaza to demand the appearance with life of their children and grand children.
During the early 1980s a big demonstration of Unions and Syndicates takes upon the Plaza de Mayo to demand the end of the Military government. But the demand was darkened by the declaration of the Falkland Island war on April 2nd 1982. The war was a failure and it aided in the ending of the dictatorship.
On December 10th 1983 the Argentine people would regain control of the Plaza de Mayo as they celebrated the elections of the new democratic president Raul Alfonsin. Once again the Plaza de Mayo belonged to the people, who made their voice to be heard to those in power.
From then on, the Plaza de Mayo regained its social and political meaning being the center point for all sorts of public and cultural demonstrations.
In 1986, when the Argentine Soccer team won the Mexico World cup, the Plaza de Mayo was the chosen stage for the celebrations that took place. In the years to come the plaza would still be the selected scenario for the people of the Nation to express and speak up their minds.
The most recent event in this line of action were the demonstrations and protests of December 19th and 20th back in 2001, when millions of Argentines gathered together to express their discontent with the economical and social policies the government of Fernando De La Rua was furthering against the interests of the majority of the citizens. The result was De La Rua’s resignation and the opening of a broad economical and political crisis that only in recent years has become to a closure to open an era of growth and development.
Ricardo Blanco is the author of the book entitled Crónicas deldiseñoindustrial en la Argentina – Chronicles of the Industrial Design in Argentina-, where he reconstructs the path of evolution thru means of a particular historical perspective and journey
Ricardo Blanco is one of Argentina’s most prestigious industrial designers as well as a brilliant architect and professor of the University of Buenos Aires’ Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism. Blanco is also the curator of the Design section of the Modern Art Museum of Buenos Aires.
No doubt about it, Blanco has an impressive resume which we would quote in a broader version at the end of the article… All in all, Blanco is a man of design and an obsessed man of design about chairs. Yes, Chairs. That particular kind of object that’s part of our every day life, which we use millions of times a day, that particular object caught his attention once upon a time and he hasn’t stopped thinking about it ever since. A chair, he says, is something you sit on, it is –no doubt about it- a useful object, and he manages to take it to an other dimension.
“My body reacts to what it sees, and those subtle things are what make this game a passionate activity” Chairs can be found in cultures dating of 7000 to 8000 years, and the mind-blowing thing is that this simple yet interesting object keeps on reinventing itself. A simple chair can be a throne, a jur dock, an electric chair, a gynecological chair, a rocking chair… A chair is in a way a synthesis, an edge depending of its meaning. This is something Blanco learnt from his teachers, his masters: Jannello, Heisenberg, Vladimiro Acosta, all of them working on the edge…
Unlike art, design has to have a use, a need to cover, though both forms of aesthetics share the aid of drawing, perspectives, etc, their relation is neither stable nor permanent or linear.
Design is use, though it can sometimes become part of an ART conception, specially these days in which many museums present design collections. But the proper place for industrial designed objects is the market, not the museum. An industrially design object reaches the museum because there’s a social recognition of the product, but it is the market the place for excellence in which these objects are validated and enter the real world, outside the workshop and the designer’s blueprints.
Brief insight on Ricardo Blanco’s carreer.
Prize Konex de Platino 2002 y Prize Konex 1992.
Among. Among the many prizes he was awarded are Prize Destaque en Movelsul, Brazil, 1998 and 1st. Prize as FADU Project at Italia’s Cup - Regio Emilia – International competition of DEsign Schools. His papers and research works were published at Design Journal (Korea), Modo (Italy), Diseño (Chile), Design Yearbook (England). He frequently grites about Industrial Desgn in Tipografica Magazine of Argentina as well as in Cronista Arquitectura Magazine of Argentina. Co editor together with Prof. Rosa Maria Raverain the number dedicated to Design in TEMAS, the National Fine Arts Academy publication.
Lighthouse Punta Medanos Documentary and Tour By Bob Frassinetti Topic: Lighthouse Tour
Trip to Medanos Point. This cape side area was first discovered by Magallanes in 1520, during one of his many explorative expeditions through the Argentinean coast down to Tierra del Fuego, and it was such the impact its beauty had on them that they include outstanding remarks about it on their journals. This is a very special and cherished construction. It was built in France and transported and settled in Argentina between 1892-93.
We 'll return in the afternoon to Valeria del Mar for a relax afternoon in the woods, enjoying beach walks and time off.
Valeria del Mar, inbetween Pinamar and Carilo ..... Trip to Valeria del Mar to visit all the areas' lighthouses on the way, pasing by Villa Gessell from the road, we will stop to take photos from a distance of the Querand? lighthouse ...
Valeria del Mar is a perfect paradise like sea side town. Its beautiful pine and eucalyptus woods, a sort of unspoiled getaway, strategically located in between the two biggest lighthouse areas of the northern Atlantic coastline of Argentina.
This would be our base from which we'll go on day trips to the areas' lighthouses.