Museo de Arte Moderno y Museo de Arte Contemporaneo


Av. San Juan 328 & 350
Buenos Aires Argentina
website (MACBA)

About the Museo de Arte Moderno

From Wikipedia:

“The Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art known locally as the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires or MAMBA is a modern art museum located in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The museum opened on April 11, 1956, and resulted from an initiative by sculptor and diplomat Pablo Curatella Manes and art critic Rafael Squirru (its first director). Located initially in Buenos Aires’ Witcomb Gallery, the museum was later housed in the San Martín Cultural Center, and was moved to its current location, a former Nobleza Piccardo tobacconist in the San Telmo neighborhood, in 1986. Its collections include over 6,000 works, including those by Josef Albers, Antonio Berni, Curatella Manes, Raquel Forner, Romulo Macció, Marta Minujín, Emilio Pettoruti, Xul Solar and Wassily Kandinsky, among many other artists.

Following a five-year, 15 million-dollar renovation, the museum’s main building was reopened to the public on December 23, 2010; future expansion plans include an addition that would quadruple its existing 3,000 m² (32,000 ft²) of space, and would absorb the library and archives annex, currently located at 963 Adolfo Alsina Street.”

About the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo

From their website:

“MACBA is a museum project opened in september 1st 2012, in the neighborhood of San Telmo. Conceived with the desire to boost Argentinean cultural dynamism and dissemination of contemporary artistic expressions, MACBA continues to grow with the constant incorporation of works for its collection. Currently, and until the opening of the museum, its collection can be seen in traveling exhibitions that run through national and international institutions.”


I decided to add both museums on the same point/page because they are literally physically connected, their names sound familiar…and because I could’t take pictures inside of either (In fact, I didn’t even know they were separate entities at first).  It is 2 Pesos to enter MAMBA and 20 Pesos to enter MACBA.  MACBA is more like PROA then MAMBA.  MAMBA seems to be the poorer cousin of MACBA, though MACBA is bigger.  I was surprised that at both MAMBA and MACBA, some of the work that was displayed was damaged.  MAMBA has a neat staircase that jiggles when you walk up it and MACBA has a series of steep ramps.


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