April 16 2013

MACBA From the Inside: Insights From the Long Expected Buenos Aires’ Museum of Contemporary Art

The glazed facade building stands in contrast with the neighborhood in which it is located, an odd urban landscape built on an authentic wasteland lot of San Juan Street near the Buenos Aires’ Museum of Modern Art.

Located in San Telmo, a strategic area in the City of Buenos Aires, this building unifies the two most characteristic neighborhoods in the city – the new development of Puerto Madero and the traditional neighborhood of La Boca – adding efforts in architecture and urban design to nurture the “Cultural South Pole” being implemented by the Government of the City of Buenos Aires in the low income neighborhoods of the city south.

Image from San Juan Street of the new MACBA Building

Sophisticated lighting, temperature and humidity controls, and museological art devices are some of the infrastructure luxuries conceived by Vila Sebastian Architects to enhance the private collection of Argentine businessman Aldo Rubino, collected over the past twenty years.

Several net-cutting plants, white cement walls and hardwood floors, linked by ramps, give the building a profile akin to the content it hosts.

MACBA opens with a display from its own collection. This collection is the curatorial order provided by Joe Houston, curator of the Hallmark collection in Kansas City, MI, USA. This first selection, suggestively called Global Exchange, sought to stress the international character of the collection with a selection of fifty works grouped into four themes: geometric formal structure, colour, shape, and illustrations.

First Exposition at the MACBA - Global Exchange

The program for 2013 has already been drawn. There will be three exhibitions, two self-produced: one dedicated to Manuel Espinosa and another to Mary Martorell. According to local curators, these two artists are going to leave a mark on the Argentine art landscape.

However, it is interesting to note that for the third time, in eleven years, an Argentine private collector has decided to open a museum to present a private collection.

Is this the future of art? Should contemporary art and the beautiful buildings that host it be only in the hands of private collectors?

Credits: Images and data linked to sources.

Luis Lozano-Paredes

Luis Lozano-Paredes is currently a student seeking a Diploma of Architecture and Urban Planning at Belgrano University in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Born in Colombia in 1987, he grew between the cities of Bogotá and Santiago de Cali, and then moved to Argentina in 2006. There, he finished the Common Basic Cycle of Architecture, Design, and Urbanism at the University of Buenos Aires before pursuing studies in Landscape Design at the same Institution. Inspired by the Urban Transformation of Bogotá in the past decades, his interests evolved from Landscape Architecture to his current passion; Urban Planning, Policy Making, and Sustainable Development. He plans to continue his studies in Urban Planning and Sustainability in Canada, Chile, or the U.S.; but for the moment he currently works as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Center of Metropolitan Transport Studies of the University of Buenos Aires and is a Member of the Observatory of Urban Sustainability at Belgrano University. Luis’ main interests lay within the study of Smart Cities, Urban Sustainable Development, and Social Architecture in Latin America.

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