The emergence of contemporary art in Argentina

15 février 2016

When tango rhymes with UNESCO

The Argentina culture is as captivating and unique as diverse and varied. Influenced by colonial Europa with strong Spanish and Italian sounding, it is equally important for the indigenous traditions of Latin America. This hot mixture is found in different areas such as movies, music, dance, architecture, art and even sport.

If dance, with the inevitable tango, registered since 2009 as World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, is certainly the best known Argentina cultural element, cinema is also renowned internationally with movies like « the Official History » (Oscar winner and awarded at Cannes in 1985) or « the Nine Queens » (2000). The Argentina pictorial art is not left apart because, since 2015, the fileteado (painting style and decorative design typical of the city of Buenos Aires) has also joined the World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. Finally the international literature was marked by Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar and Sábato Ernesta among others.

The contemporary art, from Buenos Aires to Mar Del Plata

Recently, the Argentina contemporary art tends to take more and more space on the Latin American scene. Buenos Aires, between museums (MNBA, MAMBA), galleries (Elsi del Rio Dulce March, La Galeria del viejo Hotel ...) and street art has become the landmark of many artists and a recognized and popular destination. Compared to Paris, the capital of Argentina is already a reference in the wide world of contemporary art.

Tortuga de Martin Ron

La Mano de Dios de Lean Frizzera, Martin Ron and Emy Mariani (

400 kilometers southern stands proudly Mar Del Plata, one of the Argentina cities with the largest number of cultural buildings. Between the Museo de Arte Juan Carlos Catagnino, Casa Bruzzone, or Museo del Mar, the choice quickly becomes significant for any art lover. Strolling on the coastline, it is difficult to miss the essential Museo de Arte Contemporaneo and its metal Lobo Marino (sea lion) with 80 000 alfajores Havanna packaging (packaging of pastries produced by a flagship company of Mar Del Plata).

El Lobo Marino, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo

Inaugurated in 2014 in front of the sea and after 3 years of work, this is the largest area of ​​the country dedicated entirely to contemporary art since it spans over 7000m². The floor of the museum has already been trodden by nearly 3 million visitors since its inauguration and exhibitions follow and follow successfully. Considered for a long time as an upscale resort and often forgotten by tourist guides, Mar Del Plata is now an unavoidable passage for any art lover in Latin America.

Félix Aberasturi, el Marplatense

As Dan Casado, Félix Aberasturi is a child of Mar Del Plata and is highlighted as the Carré d’artistes® artist of the week. Graduated architect from the University of Buenos Aires, he then attended various workshops of famous painters and began exhibiting as a plastic artist. Recognized for different artistic and creative projects in Argentina, he decided in 2008 to devote entirely to art after moving to Paris six years ago.

The use of old pics, retouched and sometimes digitally altered, is not trivial. This technique allows him to show that the view of the past is not objective and that we can say what we want to these silent witnesses called memories... The oil painting gives him the freedom to play with transparencies, then the scratching and different methods of application offer us a full final surface information to decrypt.

Félix Aberasturi GALLERY