The South of Buenos Aires was a beacon of attraction in another edition of "Noche de los Museos"
By Nora Sanchez
The spell was cast again: yesterday thousands of people shared in a collective tour of the city's museums and cultural institutions. In it's 13th year, the Night of Museums was again the perfect excuse to meet on the street and walk under the moonlight.
This year the Buenos Aires Ministry of culture, which organizes the event, added new institutions to the line-up and invited audience members to visit the exhibition of Malevich's work at the Proa Foundation and to attend the opening of David LaChapelle's solo exhibition at Usina del Arte.
As has been the case every year since 2003, the party opened it's doors to attendees at 8pm. By that time there were already long lines to enter some of the classic institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts and the Malba, as well as the more modern institutions such as CCK where the Symphony Orchestra of Quingdao played.
The official kickoff of the night was at the Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art (MAMBA) in San Telmo. Vice Prime Minister Diego Santilli and Minister of Culture of Buenos Aires, Angel Mahler, led the opening.The street rang with sounds of the Symphony Buenos Aires, which began with El Firulete by Mariano Mores
Five minutes after 8pm and there was already a line spanning more than block to enter the MAMBA. "It's the first time I've come to the Night of the Museums. I started over here because I live nearby and I want to go to as many as possible tonight. Events like this are great because you can really feel the culture," said Micaela, 28, who was in line with two friends.
The big hit of the evening was the opening of David LaChapelle's exhibition at Usina del Arte. The show includes more than 80 works by the photographer and video director. LaChapelle himself was at the opening and gave a lecture on his life and the story behind his portraits of celebrities such as David Bowie, Drew Barrymore, Michael Jackson, and Whitney Houston.
Among the crowd at Usina were three Colombian visitors Laura, Alexander, and Ivan. Alexander commented on the artist's lecture stating, "He showed us some of his works, detailed his life, and how he found himself through art." Laura, a photographer, added, "Tonight is really cool, but there is almost too much information and too many places to visit. Too see everything would take two or three nights,"
Another large group of attendees was by the old Ferry Bridge enjoying live music while others made their way to the PROA Foundation. Inside the building on the Riachuelo Balconea was the retrospective of Russian avant-garde Kazimir Malevich, who was another favorite of the evening. Five young teachers who travelled from Florencio Varela began their night at the Malevich exhibition. Andrea, one of the teachers, mused, "we had no idea what it was, but we liked what we saw. It's terrific to do things like this because people who cannot normally pay museum admissions or go during the day can now enjoy the art and culture."
The Museum fervor echoed in other parts of the city. Similar to Recoleta with it's cultural center, the Floralis Generica, which was home to Xul Solar, opened it's doors. By the Plazo de Mayo here were also queues to enter the museum of the Casa Rosada, the Cabildo, and the Museum of the City where people listened and danced to tango. Meanwhile there was a collective exhibition of vintage cars at the Avendia de Mayo.
The amazing annual celebration of culture continued until three in the morning until, reluctantly, the museums closed. But still, the energy of the fascinating night loomed in the atmosphere of the city.