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Art Galleries & Cultural Centers

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Buenos Aires is a cultural mecca, not only for Argentina, but for much of Latin America as well.   The city cherishes the time honored traditional art of its many museums, while simultaneously providing a fertile breeding ground for new and alternative artistic expressions.  In addition to its art museums, numerous art galleries and cultural centers, comprise Buenos Aires’ art scene.

Fundación Proa
Avenida Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca, 4303-0909
This old Italian mansion showcases travelling art exhibits and houses a video library, cinema workshop, design center and publishing house.  Its spacious terrace occasionally hosts concerts.

Praxis International Art
Arenales 1311, Recoleta, 4813-8639
This modern space, opened in 1977 by Miguel Kehayoglu, is a vibrant art gallery which organizes international events, auctions and exhibits by contemporary Latin American and internationally reknown artists who are highly appraised by collectors.  The gallery has opened branches in New York and Miami.

Centro Cultural Recoleta
Junín 1930, Recoleta, 4803-1040
This prominent cultural center has permanent and rotating exhibits of contemporary art and is home to cultural events such as poetry readings, plays and music performances.  It also has a good bookstore.

Ruth Benzacar Galería de Arte
Florida 1000, Retiro, 4813-8480
Curiously located underneath the Plaza San Martin, this art gallery exhibits the vanguard creations of Argentine and international artists.  Ruth Benzacar was an important curator for local artists, a role that is now being carried on by her daughter Orly.

Fundación Telefónica
Arenales 1540, Recoleta, 4332-2150
This unique space brings together art, education and technology.  It has a contemporary art library, newspaper library, video conference room, and media lab.

Centro Cultural Borges
Viamonte 700, Centro (downtown), 4555-5359
This cultural center, tucked away within the Galería Pacifico, hosts a wide variety of cultural activities, travelling exhibits, workshops, conferences, and classes.  Art displays have included works by Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Pablo Picasso, and Salvador Dali; photography exhibits are also regularly displayed.

Braga Menendez
Humboldt 1574, Palermo, 4775-5577
Florencia Braga Menendez runs this artistic space where thirty independent artists display and sell their paintings, sculptures, photographs and other creations.

Cerrito 1522, Recoleta, 4815-1556
Avenida Alvear 1658, Recoleta, 4811-3004
With two locations in the city, and additional halls in Pilar, Mendoza, Cordoba and Uruguay, Zurbaran is devoted to Argentine masters such as Fader, Molina Campos, Quinquela Martin, Quirós and Soldi.

Ernesto Catena Fotografía
Honduras 4882, Palermo, 4833-9499
This gallery, opened by winemaker Ernesto Catena, is dedicated exclusively to contemporary photography.

Centro Cultural San Martin
Sarmiento 1551, Centro (downtown), 4374-1251
Located behind the Teatro San Martin, this cultural center has a broad offering of free cultural activities such as painting, sculpture, craft and photography exhibits.  Free weekly tango recitals are also offered.

Centro Cultural Ricardo Rojas
Avenida Corrientes 2038, Centro (downtown), 4953-0390
This cultural center, affiliated to the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), has a friendly atmosphere in which free events and live music can be enjoyed.  It provides film showings at bargain prices and its gallery usually showcases alternative art.

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