The museums in Buenos Aires give me anxiety.
Interactive, performance art seems to be all the rave here. At the MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires), there were a series of performance pieces that interacted with guests to varying degrees. From a revolving door made of a line of people marching, dancing, and skipping to various beats, to a man at a computer, describing everything the guests in the room do and projecting it on the wall. They make you uncomfortable because, well, art.
MAMBA (Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires) features a interactive exhibit as well. This one I explored less thoroughly, but only because the room, a mashup of chairs, books, fabric, and pretty much anything you can think of, gave me the serious creeps. It is called El mago desnudo or “The Naked Magician,” and it is comprised of a magician who walks freely around his workshop. As I said before, the workshop, is cuh-reepy. But, you know, art.
For those braver than me, check it out. I’ll leave the few photos I shot out of this post so the exhibit can catch you totally off guard (and also because I literally took two photos and they’re both blurry).
The museum also features less creepy exhibits too.
My favorite was the psychadelic exhibit of objects from the 60s and 70s. It’s truly groovay baby.
Anybody looking for a feathered or velvet piano?
I kept expecting Austin Powers to pop out from behind a wall or piece of art.
Downstairs there is an exhibit called Contra la gravedad or “Against Gravity.” This exhibit also gave me the creeps but at least it was well lit and there was a field trip group also wandering the halls.
The objects in this exhibit seem like some twisted creation dreamed up by Dr. Seuss, Salvador Dali, Jim Henson, and Tim Burton collectively.
See? Yarn blood. Who comes up with this stuff?
While those were the most noteworthy exhibits in my opinion, the museum has many more.
Here are a few shots of the other exhibits.
Flowers are much less creepy than yarn blood.
Oh and now we’re back to creepy…
It was certainly one of the most bizarre museums I have ever been to.
If you’re ever in Buenos Aires and looking for a unique way to spend your day, check out the MAMBA.
Horarios: Tuesday – Friday, 11:00 – 7:00; Saturday, Sunday, and holidays 11:00 – 8:00
It’s located in San Telmo and it only costs $15 pesos (or about $1.50 USD).
Maybe bring a friend though. At least then you’ll have someone to share in the creepiness with.
Less than two weeks until I leave Buenos Aires! So much to do and so little time!