Traveling Beyond Buenos Aires


When traveling to Buenos Aires, tourists often look for getaways outside of the hustle and bustle of the city. Katie Hammel, a tourist returning from her Buenos Aires vacation highlights her experiences in a lovely article she wrote for The Expeditioner. She writes about her experiences traveling beyond Buenos Aires. From wine tasting in Mendoza to visiting an old lighthouse in Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay, the article highlights a lot of the hidden surprises you can find outside the city.

Via The Expeditioner

Arteclásica 2009 – Contemporary and Modern Art Fair

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Arteclásica is the classic Art Fair in Buenos Aires for experts and amateurs alike, which offers a plural space for our visual arts of international renown. The Fair will also hold many of its already traditional institutional programs such as Meeting Cultures, Landmark Instalation and the Ñ Space for Great Contemporary Masters.

Grupo Clarin, through its Revista Ñ, presents every year a special exhibition of the works of one of the great and outstanding Argentine artists in the intermediate generation. The artist invited for the 2009 edition is Luis Wells.

Program Meeting Cultures: Japan
The program Meeting Cultures, especially created by Arteclásica in 2006, introduces in our market artists coming from different cultures, whose work is practically unknown in our latitudes. This is a unique project and a great opportunity to approach both different aesthetics and new symbolisms.
Just as in 2006 with the Arab world, in 2007 with the Post-Soviet world, in 2008 with Western Africa, mainly from the Republic of Nigeria, this year ARTECLASICA brings us the art of today’s Japan with a selection made by curator Yasuo Kitai, director of the Gallery Kitai from Tokyo. This program has the sponsorship of the Japanese Embassy in Argentina.

The auditorium of Arteclásica 2009 will host every day important conferences, round tables, talks, seminars and book presentations.

Dates and Opening times: July 17th to July 21st, 2009. 1 pm to 9 pm
Location: Pavilions 1 and 2, Centro Costa Salguero Convention Center. Av. Costanera and Salguero
Entry fee: Adults AR $ 20. Seniors and Students: AR $ 15.

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Pecha Kucha Night!

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On Tuesday, June 30, 2009, Ciudad Cultural Konex presents the thirteenth edition of Pecha Kucha Night, a “showcasing + networking” event created in Japan in 2003 by architects Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham, in which 12-15 creators from different disciplines have 6 minutes and 40 seconds each to show an idea or project, through 20 images screened for 20 seconds. Once the presentations are finished, the guest artists get together to exchange their opinions, and the public is invited to enjoy some music and conversation.

The participating artists confirmed for this edition are:

Nate Williams (illustration)
D.a 1 (Fabregas, Scott, Cabito & cia)
Matias Dutto (comminication)
Paco Savio (movilizer)
Federico Platener (art+design)
Juan Vellavsky (jewel maker)
Facundo Huidobro (sculpture)
Pablo Matteoda (industrial design)
Atypica (editorial)
Manifesto (design furniture)
yo leí este libro (NGO)
Leopoldo Estol (art)

Intermission and music: Army of Dub showcase.

“Pecha kucha” (which means chit-chat in Japanese), is presented in several cities around the world, including: Amsterdam, Atlanta, Auckland, Austin, Bangladore, Bangkok , Beijing, Belfast, Berlin, Bern, Bogotá , Budapest, Buenos Aires, Buffalo, Chicago, Cologne, Copenhagen, Costa Rica, Delhi, Dublin , Frankfurt, Glasgow, Gothenberg, Groningen, Hamburg, Harvard, Helsinki, Hobart, Lagos, Linz, Lisbon, Ljubljana, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Manchester, Melbourne, Mexico city, Miami, New York, Newcastle, Oslo, Perth, Portland, Porto Alegre, Prague, Riga, Rotterdam, San Francisco, Santiago, Seattle, Seoul, Seville, Shanghai, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo, Toronto, Udine, Vienna, Washington DC.

Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2009. 8 PM
Location: Ciudad Cultural Konex. Sarmiento 3131. Buenos Aires.
Tickets: AR$ 20. Ticketek Argentina or Ciudad Cultural Konex ticket office: Monday to Thursday 5 PM to 10 PM, Friday and Saturday 5 PM to 11.30 PM, Sunday 5 Pm to 9:30 PM.
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Dali’s Surrealism Opens at Abasto


The traveling exhibition “Dali, los ojos del surrealismo” (Dali, the eyes of surrealism) opens on June 13, 2009, at Abasto Shopping mall, featuring works made by Salvador Dalí between 1950 and 1980, in a variety of techniques and materials.

The exhibition features the series “Tarot”, which Dalí made for his wife Gala in large size. Also religious and mystic series like “Los Diez Mandamientos” (The Ten Commadments), and “Siete Días de la Creación” (Seven days of creation), made in silver, “Los Doce Apóstoles” (The Twelve Apostles), with Gala as lookout of the rest of the apostles, and “El Muro de los Lamentos” (The Wailing Wall).

The collection also includes the erotic series “Casanova”, as well as scientific and futuristic series like “Time”, “La Conquista del Cosmos” (The Conquer of Cosmos), and “Objetos e Imaginaciones del Futuro”, (Objects and Imaginations of the Future) in which Dalí, like Da Vinci and Jules Verne, produces elements and machines that will become reality with the future technological evolution.

The series “El Quijote” pays homage to Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra with modern Quixotes, including a miniature that the public must observe with a magnifying glass.

The variety of techniques mastered by the Catalan artist becomes evident with the silver series like “Las Profesiones” (The Professions), serigraphs on silver depicting The Doctor, The Lawyer, The Architect, and the Fashion Designer, in up to 12 colors. The series “Placas de Plata” includes an homage to Pablo Picasso. “Los Deportes” (The Sports) is composed of the official medals from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, made by Dalí specially for this event.

The series of original lithographs “Daliniana” includes “Torso de Venus Surrealista”, “Elefante Celestial”, “El Caballero Leonardesco”, “Ascensión de Gala”, and “Los Jinetes del Apocalipsis”.

Another technique probably unknown by the public is sculpture. The series of casts in bronze includes his famous Reloj Blando (Soft Clock), “San Jorge and the Dragon”, “Terpsícora”, “The Unicorn Horse with Clock”, and “Alice in Wonderland”.

Dali as a portrait artist is represented by the series of etchings “Españoles Inmortales” (Immortal Spaniards) and “Álbum”, showing the faces of Rembrant, Velásquez, Van Gogh, Michelangelo, El Greco, Toulouse Lautrec and Leonardo Da Vinci.

Amazing visual 3D effects can be seen on “Los Cristos de Gala” and “Los Anamorfos Cónicos”. “Gala de Espaldas Mirando en mar Mediterráneo” seen from a distance of 10 meters becomes the portrait of Abraham Lincoln, an example of optical art from the 60’s and 70’s.
Location: Abasto Shopping Mall – Av. Corrientes 3247
Salon: Plaza Zorzal – 1st Floor
Opening hours:
Monday to Friday, 3.00 pm to 10.00 pm
Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, 10.00 am to 10.00 pm
General: AR$ 35
Pensioners and students: AR$ 15
Group of 4 people: AR$ 110
On sale through, or at the Ticketek office located at the Abasto Shopping Mall food court.


Shipwreck Open to Public

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The 18th Century Spanish galleon discovered in Puerto Madero this past December is now open to the public. The cannons, earthenware jars and other materials will be displayed until July 5th, when the galleon will be reburied to preserve it. Archeologists estimate that the 300 year old ship sunk after carrying goods across the Atlantic during Argentina’s colonial period.

The 35 meters long walkway in a horseshoe shape allows the public to appreciate the vessel from every angle.

Entrance is free, but visitors must register to make the visit. Click here to complete the reservation form.

Rosario Vera Penaloza and Juana Manso, Puerto Madero
Monday to Friday, 12.00 noon to 6.00 pm
Saturdays and Sundays, 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
Guided visits:
In Spanish: every day
In English: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm
In Portuguese: Monday to Friday 11.00 am to 1.00 pm, and Saturdays 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm.

The visits are canceled in case of rain. People will have to register again in this case.
For security reasons, children under 5 are not allowed to visit.
An ID of the main applicant and his/her companion must be presented on the day of the visit, plus the confirmation email.


Arte Ba

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Argentina’s own international art fair, arteBA, is now on display at La Rural in Palermo.  Check out the 150 different displaying galleries for only 25 pesos.

May 22 thru May 26, 2009

Av. Sarmiento 2704, Buenos Aires

1PM to 10 PM

Aerolinas Argentinas Reduces Tourist Fees


There´s great news for tourists visiting Argentina. Aerolineas Argentinas has modified its pricing policy and has pushed back the rates of its domestic flights in Argentina for foreign visitors at the same level as the rates for residents.
Now non-resident tourists can get tickets for the Class B Economic at the same prices as those for Argentine residents. This is from now on the only valid rate, eliminating the exiting higher rates that foreign visitors where obliged to pay.
This has been a long awaited measure by tourists and tour operators alike, providing better conditions for visiting all the destinations in this beautiful country.


United Airlines Miles Go Further

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United Airlines usually requires frequent fliers to use 110,000 miles to fly to Argentina from the U.S.  Due to less demand for South American travel, they have lowered this number to 40,000.  Here’s what they had to say on the matter:

“For a limited time, escape to South America for only 40,000 Mileage Plus miles when you book your travel at by May 24, 2009. That’s a 15,000-mile savings! Redeem 40,000 miles for round-trip travel between the U.S. and Buenos Aires (EZE), Sao Paulo (GRU) or Rio de Janeiro (GIG). This offer is valid for United Economy® on United® operated flights. Travel now through August 31, 2009. For more information, visit”

Book before it’s too late!

Via: The Argentine Post

Pulitzer Prize Speaker

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Junot Diaz, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for his novel “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” will be speaking tonight at 8pm at the Buenos Aires International Book Fair.  Invited by the US Embassy, Diaz will speak about the American immigrant experience at La Rural in the Julio Cortazar Room.   He is one of America’s most celebrated authors, with past work appearing in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Time Out, Glimmer Train, Story, African Voices, Best American Fiction `96 (ed. John Edgar Wideman); Best American Fiction `97 (ed. Annie Proulx); Best American Fiction `99 (ed. Amy Tan); Best American Fiction `00 (ed. E.L. Doctorow); and was included in the ‘20 Writers for the 21st Century’ issue of The New Yorker (June ‘99) and  The O.Henry Prize Stories anthology, 2009.

From Santo Domingo to New York:  The American Immigrant Experience.
May 2 – 8:00 pm
Book Fair
Ocre Pavillion – Room Julio Cortázar

Via: The Argentine Post

Get Caffeinated

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The Guardian has taken it upon itself to list the top ten cafes in Buenos Aires.  Among them listed are Oui Oui, Mama Racha, Mark’s Deli and a few other Palermo/Barrio Norte locales.  Read the full article here.  Check them out now before too many people read the article!

Un cafe con leche

Antarctic Savings

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Ny1 writes about a special recession discount for Antarctic cruises offered by tourism company Hurtigruten, one of 50 cruise-lines that take passengers from the tip of Argentina to the southernmost continent.  It’s an eight day boat ride not soon to be forgotten- what with all the luxuries of a cruise, including wine, champagne and waves.  The 25 percent off sale continues until July 31st with rates starting at $6,577 per person, a savings of between $3,000 to $5,000 on regular rates. Airfare from New York is included.

Pecha Kucha Night

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Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 will be Ciudad Cultural Konex’s twelfth edition of Pecha Kucha Night, a high-speed showcase and networking event that originated in Japan.  Architects Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham designed the event in 2003, in which 12-15 creators from distinct disciplines have 6 minutes and 40 seconds each to show an idea or project, through 20 images screened for 20 seconds.  Afterward, the audience and artists exchange opinions and conversation.  This edition’s participating artists are:

Santiago Vazquez (inventor musician)
Juana de Arco (clothes)
Guillermo Martínez (literature)
Monoblock (design, illustration)
Luis Abadi (visuale arts)
Yanina Szalkowicz (art)
Los Años Luz (record label)
Diseño Sustentable
Three Melons (videogames)
Gustavo Gagliardo (art)
Voces y Ecos (ONG)
PLAN (architecture)
Sandro Pujía (lighting technitian)

Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2009. 8 PM
Location: Ciudad Cultural Konex. Sarmiento 3131. Buenos Aires.
Tickets: AR$ 20. Ticketek Argentina or Ciudad Cultural Konex ticket office: Monday to Thursday 5 PM to 10 PM, Friday and Saturday 5 PM to 11.30 PM, Sunday 5 Pm to 9:30 PM.
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