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.
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.
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?
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