A classic cultural circuit, centered around the attractions of the MAR museum
MAR DEL PLATA.- Little by little, even in the midst of a more complicated sanitary scenario than during the last season, which was experienced with more restrictions, the cultural agenda expands on the Atlantic coast. And particularly here, where the offer of museums and tours has been enriched since the beginning of this year between protocols that last and old habits that return.
The care continues and guarantees safer conditions to visit exhibitions and spaces of interest, whether to see works of art, explore architectural heritage or enjoy some shows, whether indoors or outdoors.
This time without titles or bombastic figures, with the certainty of taking another step towards a normality that has been missed for almost two years, the different rooms programmed the best possible proposals while waiting to recover ideal conditions to enjoy the rich circuit of art that this city usually offers every summer.
The great epicenter is once again the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAR), which depends on the provincial administration, and starting this month put together a grid that combines paintings, interventions and even a cycle of talks with writers in its outer esplanade.
Visits are always free and it maintains the modality of admission with shift, by groups, with the use of a mask, distancing and presentation of a Health Pass, which implies having proof of vaccination against Covid 19.
Rooms 1 and 2, on the upper floor, were reserved for the third edition of BienalSur that bears the title Destination From the spa to the cosmos. Organized by the National University of Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) and a multidisciplinary format, the proposal brings together national and international artists and aims at the development of social responsibility through art and culture. “It critically examines the contemporary tourism industry in relation to climate chaos, dystopian visions of the present, social and economic issues, and how this impacts its inhabitants”, describe the creators of this space.
The generous Room 3 was reserved for Mondongo, which for the first time arrives on this shore and for the occasion they present Argentina. The artist duo that make up Juliana Laffitte and Manuel Mendanha arrives with more than a dozen landscapes that they shaped with plasticine and other unconventional materials.
The writers cycle, sponsored by Banco Provincia, opened this week with Pedro Saborido and has as its axis the “Buenos Aires identity”. Claudia Piñeiro, Sergio Olguín, Guillermo Saccomanno, Matilda Forn, Mercedes Güiraldes, Dolores Reyes, Gabriela Cabezón Cámara, Federico Jeanmaire and Leonardo Oyola will also pass through this open-air auditorium.
Summer Planet it will have its own. Despite the face-to-face announcements, he had to resort to virtual mode last summer in the face of the current increase in coronavirus infections in this city. This 25th edition of the cycle begins on the 10th, at 9pm, with Felipe Pigna, and continues the following Mondays with Daniel López Rosetti (17), Gabriel Rolón (24), Jorge Fernández Díaz (31), who will be presenting his book An Argentine story in real time. Viviana Rivero, Miguel Rep, Florencia Canale and Darío Sztajnszrajber will follow in February.
One of the novelties of this season is the arrival of the mobile museum From Anne Frank to our days, young protagonists, inaugurated this week in the Plaza Miter, with free and open access. It proposes an adapted replica of the Museo Ana Frank Argentina with four exhibitions: a scenographic recreation of the hiding place where the young writer lived for two years; the timeline “Anne Frank, a current story”; panels on “Prevention of genocides and dictatorships”; and the exhibition “Young people who build and transform their present.”
In New Cabrales Space, commercial area of Güemes street, the exhibition will be enabled on the 22nd of this month Whispers of everyday life with paintings, sculptures and a large installation by the Mar del Plata artist Felipe Giménez. It is a traditional cultural space that has been remodeled and open to the public.
For Villa Victoria, classic of the local architectural heritage, you will be able to see Diversa Victory, summary of the samples presented there during the last decade that takes as its starting point the centenary of this house, restored and also with its parks open activities. There, on a daily basis, there will be artistic shows, from music to dance.
The Juan Carlos Castagnino Art Museum He always proposes the sample of the historic furniture of the chalet and adds paintings. This weekend is enabled My life, my city, with works by the renowned artist Néstor Villar Errecart. Its parks also have a program with music and dance during January and February.
The House on the Stream, internationally admired, is undergoing restoration work so it is out of the visiting circuit. Hardly to spy from the perimeter fence, waiting for its best version that would arrive before the end of the year and, again, open to the public. With the same interest, you can take advantage of visiting historic houses, particularly in the Loma de Stella Maris circuit, near the highest point of Avenida Colón.
For the next February 8 is scheduled for the Night of Museums and Art Galleries. The spaces mentioned and others will be enabled for free visits throughout the day, almost coinciding with a new anniversary of the founding of Mar del Plata.
The municipal spaces reopened in the middle of the year and advanced with some improvements in several of their proposals. Among them the Lorenzo Scaglia Museum of Natural Sciences, one of the favorites of children because –among its varied offer- it has replicas and remains of dinosaurs that inhabited this region. “We are playing the renaissance of museums, with changes and improvements that have to do with content and also accessibility,” said Carlos Balmaceda, secretary of Culture of the municipality. This plan also extends to Villa Miter and the José Hernández Museum.