Museos de Bellas Artes
Museo Superior de Bellas Artes Evita
New in 2007, Córdoba’s provincial fine arts museum focuses on local artists in landscape, portraiture, and modern art, including abstract and neo-figurative art. Parts of the latter exhibitions were sponsored by Kaiser Argentina, which located a plant here in the mid-1950s after Oakland-based Henry Kaiser of California. The beaux arts building itself is a gem, dating from 1916, and so are its collections. Famed landscape architect Charles Thays designed the gardens.
The Museo Superior de Bellas Artes Evita (Hipólito Yrigoyen 511, tel. 0351/434-3629, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Tues.–Sun., US$0.75, free Wed.) has four guided tours in Spanish and one in English at noon Tuesday–Friday.
Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Caraffa
Yet another provincial fine arts museum, the Caraffa dates from 1911 but has undergone a major expansion and modernization to become a multilevel state-of-the-art facility showcasing contemporary Argentine artists along with well-established figures.
The Museo Caraffa (Poeta Lugones 411, tel. 0351/433-3414, www.museocaraffa.org.ar, US$0.75) is open 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday.
Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Dr. Genaro Pérez
Focusing on Argentine art, with paintings by 20th-century figures like Antonio Berni, Juan Carlos Castagnino, Benito Quinquela Martín, Lino Spilimbergo and Raúl Soldi, the municipal fine arts museum also includes illustrations, engravings, and sculptures among its 800-plus works. Built in 1905 for then vice-governor (later governor) Félix Garzón, the building has a Louis XVI facade and a sweeping ceremonial staircase; details by Catamarca-born Emilio Caraffa adorn the rooms. Don’t overlook the modern patio sculptures around the corner from the main entrance.
The Museo de Bellas Artes (Avenida General Paz 33, tel. 0351/428-5905, museogenaroperez [at] cordoba [dot] gov [dot] ar, free) is open 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Argentina, 3rd edition