Day 414: Buenos Aires, Argentina
This city is full of love.
Buenos Aires does not simply tolerate or encourage art but loves it and lives it. Everyone here has some kind of artistic background, they cherish art and when there is an art event EVERYONE goes.
It’s like if someone took your hometown art community, multiplied it by a million and moved it to Argentina.
The one event everyone in the city seems to be talking about was ArteBA.
It’s the 20th anniversary of largest contemporary art fair in Latin America. It is a bit expensive with a $10 entry fee – Buenos Aires usually has free art events but this hasn’t stopped 120,000 people from going.
This fair is far better than any traditional museum I’ve been to, there are hundreds of paintings, photographs, sculptures, video and a lot of things I don’t know how to categorize.
People brought their children who appeared to have been at so many art events they actually knew how to behave.
I was excited to see Marta Minujín’s exhibit as I actually knew who she was, people crowded around her work to have their photo taken with it.
I’m really starting to like the porteño queen of pop art, I found out that while she has large pieces for sale, she also sells small pieces because she believes her art should be available to everyone.
There is something really wonderful about a city that cherishes art events. Sometimes the art is weird and crazy but people seem to embrace expression. It’s going to be an interesting time for me in this city.