The Museum of Latin American Art in Buenos Aires (MALBA, by its Spanish acronym) is throwing itself a birthday party, and the entire city is invited.
From 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, the museum will be opening its doors to the public free of charge, with the bash extending into the adjacent Plaza Peruano. MALBA, which was founded by the Argentine businessman Eduardo Constantini, is celebrating its 22nd anniversary.
Activities include a series of family-friendly workshops in which you can get your hair braided like Rosa Rolanda and Frida Kahlo, compose different kinds of Latin American sellos (seals), and create your own toritos de Pucará — ceramic bulls that are typically sold at the train stations in the Lampa province of Peru.
Inside its walls, MALBA will be offering multiple tours of its Tercer Ojo (Third Eye) and Luz y Fuerza (Light and Strength) exhibitions. The former includes as many as 220 works from such 20th-century luminaries as Diego Rivera, Xul Solar, Joaquín Torres García, Roberto Matta, and Antonio Berni. The latter, according to the museum’s website, is an “exploration of artistic practice in the new millennium,” focusing on “ancient oriental and Amerindian worldviews, meditation, holistic therapies, esotericisms, homeopathy, neoshamanism, astrology, and Buddhism.”
Malba Joven will close the outdoor festivities with an open-air concert featuring electroacoustic DJ and producer Aylu and the visual artist Vanesa Massa, both of whom are sponsored by the Digital Arts Initiative Amplify. That act will be followed by electronic artist Franzisca, who will be performing music from her new album Vida Nocturna and a set inspired by Tercer Ojo.
A full schedule of the day’s events can be found below.
- Open tours of the museum (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
- Original performances in the Edgardo Giménez exhibition (3 p.m.)
- A Portuguese guided tour of Tupi or not tupi: Brazilian trajectories in Latin American Art (4 p.m.)
- An exploration of spirituality in the Tercer Ojo and Luz y Fuerza exhibitions (5 p.m.)
In Plaza Peruano:
- Collaborative Toritos de Pucará design, led by Brian Mayhua (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
- Toritos de Pucará illustration, led by UPE Barrio Mugica and Malba Educación (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
- Braiding stations, led by María Elena Romero (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
- Latin American seals, led by Rubros Generales (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
- Mexican pennants, led by Malba Educación (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
- An editorial station, led by Sandra Marín (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
- Amplify presents Aylu and Vanessa Massa (6:30 p.m.)
- A DJ set from Franzizca (7:30 p.m.)
Inaugurated in September 2001, MALBA seeks to “collect, conserve, study, and create awareness of Latin American art from the early 20th century to the present.” Current exhibitions include Tercer Ojo, Luz y Fuerza, Manifestación en Foco (Protest in Focus), Frida Kahlo Diego y Yo (Frida Kahlo Diego and I), and a retrospective of the pop artist Edgardo Giménez. The museum is also screening the work of Martha Hirsch and a cycle of films that examine sex and eroticism in the face of the apocalypse titled September Hot.