Buenos Aires has respected art galleries and contemporary artists coming onto the scene every year, plus plenty of art events to celebrate. Gallery nights is the easiest way to see it all. You choose a barrio you want to check out, and walk around the area, entering different galleries, art parties, artist chats and live music shows.
If you have limited time to see great art while in Buenos Aires, I would suggest just heading to MALBA, which has world renowned resident art and rolling exhibits, or MNBA to see paintings by Goya and Van Gogh. They are so close to each other you could experience both in one day. Do it on La Noche de Los Museos and it’s not a penny to you.
The streets of Buenos Aires are like an open-air gallery. They are covered in street art and painted murals. You are bound to run into something just by turning the corner—especially in Palermo, Villa Crespo or San Telmo. If you want to learn the history of the area, and see the greatest murals that showcase Buenos Aires’ love for expression, you can take a tour via BA Street Art or GraffitiMundo. If you want to see Latin American art on display, below are some of the best art galleries to visit.
FoLa has a private collection of works in Palermo with exhibition spaces, an auditorium, offices, storerooms, and a back-room. There are often artist workshops and other events held in the auditorium. Plus there is a cool bookstore in the front to buy collections.
Where: Godoy Cruz 2620 / 2626
Hours: Tuesday through Monday 12 pm to 8 pm
2. Galería Mar Dulce
Galería Mar Dulce specializes in painting, drawing, print, photography, artists’ books and objects, produced by classic and contemporary Argentine artists curated by Linda Neilson and Raúl Veroni. The gallery is between Palermo and Villa Crespo and is a great place to check out and hang out in the comfortable chairs on any given (artsy) day.
Where: Uriarte 1490
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 3 pm to 8 pm
3. Galería Union
The gallery was established by the founders of graffitimundo, so a lot of the artists on display in Galería Union have a background in graffiti and street art. Check out both establishments for a real feel of the urban street art of Buenos Aires.
4. Ruth Benzacar Galería de ArteThe Ruth Benzacar gallery shows modern art by contemporary and emerging artists. It began in 1965 as a gallery run out of the home of director Mora Bacal’s grandmother. It has regular exhibitions and art fairs.
Where: Juan Ramírez de Velasco 1287
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 2 pm to 7 pm
Neighborhood: Villa Crespo
5. Hollywood in Cambodia
Where: Thames 1885
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 5 pm to 9 pm
6. Galería RubyWhat started as an online art magazine became a popular contemporary art gallery. Galería Ruby has modern Latin American art, hosts regular exhibitions, and offers workspace for artists.
Where: Av Forest 379
Hours: Tuesday through Friday 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm