Malba –Museum of Latin American Art- of Buenos Aires is one of the finest examples of a top notch quality show featuring outstanding works. It’s careful selection of Latin America’s finest art was conceived as part of a bigger wholesome that of the art concepts prevalent during the last century. This private Art museum of modern Buenos Aires had customize designed the building to further an integral art-show concept. This is the first museum construction in the city that was intentionally built to suit a museum’s needs. Seductive modern prismatic lines, clean and clear stones matching and framing enormous windows surrounded by a rich green garden, the modern avant-garde exterior finely complements the eclectic Latin American style and feel of the stupendous artwork inside. Shape and content, form and essence, is a duality conception of Art that has fired and heated endless debates within the artistic world, and Malba –in many ways- takes upon the challenge of blending them both into a greater unity.
Malba-Constantini Collection -born in September 2001- is a museum that enters the cultural institutional world with a special social and historical approach, seeking to structure an organic concept and panorama within the art history of the past century. Malba collects and preserve at the same time that its institution develops insightful art studies and shows all major Latin American Art throughout the 20th century to our days. This fabulous museum began as a project of the Constantini Foundation back in 1998 when the foundation board developed the museum’s concept: preserve and exhibit their own patrimony featuring over 200 works by the finest modern and contemporary Latin American artists. The collection began in 1971 when Eduardo F. Constantini started his own private collection. Nearly 30 years after that first stepping stone was set, he decided to open his private collection to the pleasure and joy of the city and its visitors. As in every other art collection, defining and labeling art is a complicated and not always useful task, for some things need no titles… All and all, we can point out that whilst including some precursor artists, the large majority of the works show the awakening of the artistic Latin American vanguards of the 1920s. The collection is completed with more contemporary pieces dating of the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and even more recent works. At the same time, we need to emphasize on the wholesome concept, for the collection is finally completed combining the permanent show with alternative and alternating shows featuring local and international artists and concepts. The permanent collection gathered throughout years of passion and love for art by Mr. Constantini is rich in aesthetic, cultural and historical terms. Among the most outstanding works we can point out a Frida Kahlo self portrait, Diego Rivera’s masses, Antonio Berni multifascetic work, Pedro Figari’s Uruguayan everyday lifestyle, Cândido Portinari, and Antonio Sigui… the list goes on with Roberto Matta, Wilfredo Lam, Juan Batlle Planas and Remedios Varo just to name some... Many of the works confront social issues and explore questions of national identity that would have a deep influence during the coming years of these nations’ history. One of the most impressive collections of Latin American art anywhere, temporary and permanent exhibitions are mind blowing, strong and carefully organized for the visitor to enjoy and discover to the greatest extent the power within the art.
Malba is not just a museum; it’s a dynamic and open space in which several cultural and educational activities take place. From classic film shows, to writers groups, lectures, workshops and special visits organized for children and alternative museum experiences for blind groups… No doubt about it, Malba has become a reference name and point for the Latin American and Argentine cultural circles opening a world of fine arts in a “revolutionary” way. The Art show is the nucleus around which other artistic expressions gather and develop. Unlike the most of the museums due to Malba’s constant evolution and innovation within the offer, this is not just a place to visit once; it’s a hot spot part of the daily and monthly cultural agenda of locals and visitors.
About Bob Frassinetti, art collector and antique dealer and free lance journalist from Argentina, Buenos Aires, working on the web, writing both for pleasure and work on art, antiques and collectibles, in and on Buenos Aires, Argentina as well are neighboring countries, Chile and Uruguay. “I’ve written for several Travel Adventure, Art & Antiques Magazines on and off the web and have researched Toys made here in Argentina, as well as Travel Adventure from Route 40 and Lighthouse Adventures along the Atlantic and Pacific coast, Dakar Rally 2009, 2010 and now for a 3erd time, 2011, and now we are “Building a Gallery Museum in the Province of Cordoba” Real Estate Investment …….. Travelling for Art and Antiques” and I have been on line since 1996Buenos Aires, Agentina
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