MALBA – Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires

“The Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, or MALBA as it is known, is one of the finest collections of Latin American art in the world.”


Opening Hours :

Monday           12–8PM
Tuesday           Closed
Wednesday     12–9PM
Thursday         12–8PM
Friday              12–8PM
Saturday         12–8PM
Sunday            12-8PM


Pricing: 

Adults 50peso
Children/Students are discounted also.



Malba is home to an impressive permanent collection – featuring one of Frida Kahlo’s original works of art. The permanent collection is quite small however, meaning there are always fresh temporary exhibitions on display. 


Current Exhibition : 


General Idea – Broken Time
03.24— 06.26.2017
Curator: Agustín Pérez Rubio
Gallery 5, Level 2; Gallery 3, Level 1

“Broken Time is the first retrospective in Latin America of General Idea, a collective of Canadian artists formed in 1969 by AA Bronson (b. Michael Tims, Vancouver, Canada, 1946), Felix Partz (b. Ronald Gabe, Winnipeg, Canada, 1945 – Toronto, 1994), and Jorge Zontal (b. Slobodan Saia-Levi, Parma, Italy, 1944 – Toronto, 1994). Over the course of its twenty-five years of existence (1969-1994), the group produced a large body of groundbreaking works on an array of supports and in a variety of formats. It is still a point of reference for new generations of artists around the world.

Curated by Agustín Pérez Rubio, artistic director of MALBA, the exhibition provides an overview of General Idea’s trajectory. It addresses topics like archeology, history, sex, race, disease, self-representation, and the group’s myth of itself—a recurring theme in its production. The show encompasses close to one hundred and twenty works in all of the formats the collective used (performance, video, photography, publication, installation, and multiple editions of objects for mass consumption).

The aim of the project is to expand the horizon and outreach of the group’s legacy. It encompasses their first joint works, produced in 1969 and 1970, and their final creations, produced in 1994, the year when both Partz and Zontal died of complications related to AIDS. The conceptual focus of the show revolves around the alteration of time, the ephemeral, and the creation of myth by means of advertising, design, fashion, beauty contests, and the mass media.

General Idea published the magazine FILE from 1972 to 1989. The celebrated publication appropriated the design of LIFE magazine; some of the most radical artists and collectives of the period contributed to FILE, among them the collective Art Language, writer William Burroughs, and bands like The Talking Heads and The Residents.

General Idea was one of the first collectives to address AIDS in its work. In 1987, it looked to Robert Indiana’s LOVE statue to make a work with the word AIDS, creating a logo that appears in many of the pieces in this show. Featured as well are experimental projects from the sixties and seventies like Double Mirror, Miss General Idea (produced in 1984), Miss General Idea Pageant, Miss General Idea Pavilion, and large installations with pills that attest to the social and political dimension that the collective’s works had at the time and, indeed, continue to have.

In the framework of the exhibition, MALBA will publish a book featuring essays on the group’s production and aesthetic by the show’s curator Agustín Pérez Rubio, and by Gabriel Villalobos, Francesco Scasciamacchia, and Ivo Mesquita.”

http://www.malba.org.ar/en/evento/general-idea/ 



A few pieces that really stood out to me : 

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Street Art in Buenos Aires



Buenos Aires is one of the world’s street art capitals. Local and international street artists are attracted to Buenos Aires due to its abundance of abandoned buildings and blank walls, which make perfect canvases for inspiring murals.

One of the main reasons you see so much street art in Buenos Aires is because it’s easy to paint. There’s no need to obtain authorization from the local authority to change the appearance of a building—all you need is the consent of the property owner. Many owners have a special relationship with artists and are open to having their houses painted particularly if the new artwork covers up unsightly tags, names of football teams, or political propaganda.


I am yet to do an “official” Street Art tour, however one of the unexpected joys of wandering the streets of the Argentine capital is stumbling across strange and beautiful artworks on the sides of buildings, walls, rubbish bins and lamp posts. It’s a bit like walking through an open-air gallery.

Even just strolling through the streets of Palermo gives you a large insight to the incredible works of art – and time & effort – that has gone into bringing some vibrance to what would be some rather dull streets/buildings without it.

There are a number of companies within Buenos Aires that do walking/bike or mini van tours of the city to show you the incredible works of art.



One of the most popular pieces being the one and only – FRIDA KAHLO.
The artwork measures 9 metres high by 7 metres wide and depicts Frida smoking a cigarette in a classic pose – The mural took the collective of three artists – Julián Campos Segovia, Jean Paul Jesses and Juan Carlos Campos – three weeks to paint using paint brushes and latex paint.

Located at FRIDHA dance club in Palermo – Av. Dorrego 1735, Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

See below a collection of some of the amazing pieces you will stumble across whilst in the different areas of Buenos Aires!
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I’ll add more as I find them ** 



LA BOCA 

TIGRE

PALERMO

 

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TIGRE


A Day trip to Tigre is an absolute MUST do once you have ticked off the “typical spots” in the city of BA.

At less than $1 each way on a train which takes approximately 50minutes, and then $13 for a boat trip along the delta – this makes for an extremely easy and affordable day out. It takes you away from the hustle and bustle of city life for a while and into a “safe haven” of a more relaxed, lifestyle.

First of all – you will need a SUBE card – ask your hotel concierge if they have one you can borrow for the day . If not, these are only approximately 25peso to buy from the station anyway!

Head down to RETIRO station, and to one of the booths to top up the card (you can use one between a group of you) you just have to each swipe through and then pass the card back.

To TIGRE it is only 7pesos per person – we topped up 60pesos and that did three of us for the day there and back. Tigre is the end of the line from Retiro, so no chance of missing your stop either!

Ask your concierge for a copy of the Train Timetable – but basically they seem to depart every 10-15minutes. Just make sure to look at the train you are hopping on says “TIGRE” or “RETIRO” depending on which way you are going 🙂

Once you arrive in Tigre train station, head out the main doors and you are free to roam!

We decided to check out the boat cruises first and found one leaving at 12.30pm – 1hour was only 130peso each! Super affordable and a really cool day out.

Personally I felt like 1hour was enough on just a cruise along the river, but would like to look into something a bit more authentic next time to be able to stop and have lunch along the delta somewhere.


TIGRE ON THE WEEKENDS 


Now we went midweek to Tigre, so everything was rather quiet and relaxed. However I have been told that the weekends in Tigre is the time to go, so if you are lucky enough – go on a weekend!

The Markets “Puerto de Frutos” (fruit port)
Among the tourist attractions of the city of Tigre, the shopping tour around the fruit market is a classic that no visitor to the delta can miss. A site where the ancient habit of trading basic food essential for the subsistence of the inhabitants of the delta islands gets mingled with the refined interior design shops.

Themepark & Waterpark
Tigre is home to an amazing looking theme park & waterpark – however again only open on the weekends! So even more of a reason to visit on a Saturday/Sunday if you are lucky enough to time it right.

“The Glass House”
In the heart of the Delta there is a very particular house that everyone wants to see incased inside an impressive glass box. Belonging to Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, “Father of the Classroom” in Argentina.

The house works nowadays as a museum and library. According to the Municipality of Tigre, which was in charge of building the the glass structure around it in order to protect it from the inclemencies of the weather and the passing of time, approximately 50 thousand people reach this place every weekend attracted by the crystal box shining in the horizon.

So with that – visit on a weekend and hop off the boats and take a look inside this impressive glass house. I will be doing this on a future trip for sure.

Quick Video Snaps of the Day Below :

 

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Ho Chi Minh City, AKA Saigon – A Chaotic High Octane City of Vietnam. You can’t help but be taken along on the ride!

A guide below of some of my top things to do, places to eat/drink, how to get around !


TOP THINGS TO DO IN HO CHI MINH CITY



War Remnants Museum
A very sombre place to visit – but personally I feel it truly is something important that everyone visits this Museum to really understand the inhumane and cruel torture of our world’s history . Hopefully opening peoples eyes to never be a part of anything like this ever and again and truly appreciate the world we have today.
Price
Adult 15,000VND

Check out my post on The War Remnants Museum for more pictures and information on my personal experience visiting. 


Notre Dam Cathedral

A Visit to Notre Dam Cathedral should be on your bucket list  – after being to Notre Dam in Paris as well I had to tick this one off! Located centrally in the city ( and literally across the road from our hotel ) – a very easy sight to tick off in Ho Chi Minh City. I spent a day sightseeing and visiting Notre Dam only took  about 30minutes to visit – go early when it first opens to avoid the crowds!


Reunification Palace

A Building deeply associated with the fall of the city. Another piece of history that I feel any visitor to Vietnam should experience to really appreciate the country as it is today. So many people lost their lives during the war, and history stands still in this eerie palace with deserted halls preserving what once was.

Price
Adult 30,000 ($1.50NZD)
Child 5000
Hours
7.30-11am & 1-5pm


Ben Thanh Markets

Located in District 1 – Ben Thanh is a great place to buy local handicrafts, Vietnamese Art, Branded Items, Clothing etc! Be prepared to bargain with the stall owners, and remember that most stalls have the same/similar items so you may be able to barter to a lower price with different stalls! I got some great bargains when I visited and it is a place I MUST visit on every trip to Ho Chi Minh City – put your walking shoes on, get those energy levels up and brace yourself when you enter the mayhem~ So Much FUN!

Get a Taxi to the Markets (its extremely popular so all the taxi drivers know it ), or if you are comfortable navigating – its fun to walk the streets and attempt crossing these mega busy roads! Its all part of the experience!

Opening Hours: Daily 6:00 –24:00
Address: Le Loi, Ben Thanh, Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

 


Vietnam Cookery Center

One of the BEST things I have done in Vietnam so far was this course! We booked online, and chose the 8.30am course with Market Visit. The day started at Ben Thanh Markets, exploring all the local fresh produce! This was so amazing, and so cool to learn about all the different foods that are ‘everyday life’ to the locals!


After the Markets, we took a taxi to the Cookery School.
We did the “THURSDAY” menu – as this was the day we were doing it.
We learnt so much on this day and made the following dishes:

Banana Flower Salad with Pork & Shrimps ** My favourite dish ~! Excited to try make this at home!
Sautéed Chicken with Lemongrass & Chilli
Vietnamese Pancake with mung bean, pork & prawn.
Steamed Rice with coconut juice

Coconut Agar Agar
And all the dipping sauces etc to go with it all <3

This is the website to book it through. ** click on the link **

COST: 42 USD ( 924.000 vnd )


Extravaganza Saigon Bikes!!

This has to be one of the most crazy, exhilarating things I have ever done!
This company, run by Jake, was recommended to us to use & I am SO glad we booked through this company.

Jake & His team are nothing but professional.

We did the Street Food Tour at night.
6pm – 10pm, they pick you up from your Hotel if you are staying in District 1.
This tour ventures outside of District 1 to give you the most authentic Vietnamese Foodie Experience.

COST: $60 USD // or you can pay in VND

CLICK HERE for a full post on this awesome company! <3


RECOMMENDED PLACES TO EAT AND DRINK



Rooftop Bars <3

Shri Bar
Social Club

Restaurants <3

Saigon Pho – located on De Tham Street
Propaganda
Secret Garden
Chi Hoa Vietnamese Cuisine

IKEM – Ice Cream made from liquid Nitrogen!

 


Food & Drink you just HAVE to try



  • Pho Vietnamese Noodle Soup
  • Banh Mi Vietnamese Bagette
  • Gỏi cuốn Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls
  • Cafe Sua Vietnamese Iced Coffee with Condensed Milk <3 to die for!
  • Vietnamese Fried Spring Rolls
  • Bánh xèo Vietnamese Savoury Pancake
  • Rau muong Better known as water spinach, or morning glory


Massage Recommendations



  • Temple Leaf
    *Body Massage
    – Focus on back &shoulders and head, neck, hands, legs, foot, thighs for relaxing
    – Fresh Cucumber Facial Pack & hot stone & aroma oil
    – Comfortable Massage Bed & Organic herbal tea time60min – 340,000 VND
  • My Spa
    The most beautiful massage parlour !!
    60 Minute | Body Massage
    Starting off with an Iced Tea, then Enjoy a 60 minute full-body massage with cooling cucumber face mask and hot stone finishing therapy. This treatment can also be enjoyed in a 90 or 120 minute session.60min – 320,000 VND
  • Miu Miu
    A recommendation from one of our crew – a little more expensive, but an alternative to try!


HOW LONG DO YOU HAVE IN HCMC?

72 HOURS IN HO CHI MINH CITY
48 HOURS IN HO CHI MINH CITY
24 HOURS IN HO CHI MINH CITY

 

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War Remnants Museum 



After visiting the War Remnants Museum close to closing the first time, I felt I hadn’t paid true respect to those who had fallen during this horror of a time. So I opted to go back a second time and spend more time.

The scars of the decades of war this country has endured are horrific. It is not known as the “Vietnam War”, but more referred to as “US War Against Vietnam” or the “American War”

The War Remnants Museum documents the cost the war has had on not only those who fought in the war, but also hundreds of years down the track the Vietnamese are still feeling the brutal effects of this war.

US armoured vehicles, artillery pieces, bombs and infantry weapons are all on display outside.

Even those who supported the war are likely to be horrified by the photos of children affected by US bombing and napalming. You’ll also have the rare chance to see some of the experimental weapons used in the war, which were at one time military secrets, such as the flechette, an artillery shell filled with thousands of tiny darts.

The display of photos showing the effects of Agent Orange was especially disturbing for me.

So I encourage everyone who visits Vietnam to take the time out of your day to visit the War Remnants Museum – you have to see this for yourself. And I hope you all take something out of this brutal war as I did.

 

 

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