Sculptures and Museums in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sculptures and Museums in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buildings, structures and sculptures

Bridge of the Woman (Frauenbrücke)
The Bridge of the Woman (Puente de la Mujer) was built in December 2001 from steel and reinforced concrete according to plans by the Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava (born 1951).

The pedestrian swing bridge with a total length of around 170 m and a width of around 6.20 m forms a connection across both sides of the port in the Puerto Madero district. Its middle section can be opened to the side to allow ships to pass through.
The 34 m high arm with the help of which a series of steel cables hold the bridge is striking. Dique 3 de Puerto Madero

Casa Rosada
The presidential palace is in the central Plaza de Mayo. The pink building has had its current appearance since the 19th century. In the palace is the Museo de la Casa Rosada, from which the catacombs of the former fortress from the 18th century can be visited.

Edificio Kavanagh
Florida 1065
The 120 meter high residential building was built in 1936 in the art deco style. At that time it was the tallest concrete building in the world. Today it is one of the most sought-after apartment buildings in the city.

El Ateneo Grand Splendid
Eclectic-style El Ateneo Grand Splendid is the most famous and splendid bookstore in Buenos Aires as featured on recipesinthebox. In addition to the Dominican Church in Maastricht, the bookshop is also considered to be the most beautiful in the world. The building was originally built as a theater by the architects Peró and Torres Armengol on behalf of the music and film pioneer Max Glücksman (1875-1946) and inaugurated as a theater in May 1919. The paintings and the figurative decorations refer to the armistice at the end of the First World War. But it was converted into a cinema as early as the late 1920s. And in 2000, the building was extensively renovated under the architect Fernando Manzone and converted into a book and music store. In the former boxes there are now armchairs for reading and there is a café on the former stage.
Avenida Santa Fe
1860 in the Recoleta district.

The 67 m high Obelisco (Obelisk) stands in the middle of the Avenida 9 de Julio and was designed by the Argentine politician and architect Alberto Prebisch (1899-1970) in May 1936 for the 400th anniversary of the city’s foundation.
Nowadays the city hosts numerous official celebrations around the Obelist. In the dark it is illuminated in different ways. There are 206 steps to the top of the obelisk, where four windows provide a wonderful view of the surrounding area.
The Church of San Nicolás, built in 1773, stood here until 1936.

Palace of the Argentine National Congress
The palace of the Argentine National Congress (Palacio del Congreso de la Nación Argentina) with an area of ​​12,080 m² is the seat of the Argentine National Congress. The building was inaugurated in 1906 and finally completed in 1946. The plans for the building came from the Italian-born and late Buenos Aires architect Vittorio Meano (1860-1904), but the completion was carried out by the Belgian-born architect Julio Dormal (1846-1924), who died in Buenos Aires. The interior was designed by the Argentine sculptor Lola Mora (1866-1936).
The white dome of the monumental structure rises 80 meters into the sky.
Plaza del Congreso

Palacio Municipal

Avenida de Mayo 525
The city government sits in the building, which was completed in 1902. With its magnificent facade, the building fits in well with the avenue Avenida de Mayo.

Palacio de Tribunales
Plaza Lavalle
In the colossal Palace of Justice from 1910, the highest court in Argentina, the “Corte Suprema de la Nación”, meets. The building was inaugurated in 1942.

Palacio Barolo

The approximately 100 m high Palacio Barolo with its 22 floors is an office building. It was designed in the style of eclecticism by the Italian architect Mario Palanti (1885-1978). The palace was created in harmony with the cosmos as described in Dante Alighieri’s (1265-1321) Divine Comedy. The Divine Comedy was created between 1307 and 1321. The 22 floors are divided into three parts as follows: – The basement and the ground floor symbolize hell – The floors 1 to 14 symbolize purgatory – The floors 15 to 22 symbolize the sky The height of the building corresponds the 100 songs of the Divine Comedy. The lighthouse on the roof of the building can be seen up to Montevideo, which is km away. Several ancient elevators lead to the upper floors. However, the magnificent dome cannot be visited.
The building is one of the National Historic Monuments.
Avenida de Mayo 1370 (Montserrat district)

Palacio de las Aguas Corrientes

Avenida Córdoba 1950
Construction of the bizarre palace began in 1894. The last work was only completed in 1994. Due to its extraordinary architecture, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Floralis Genérica
This approximately 23 m high sculpture made of steel and aluminum was designed by the Argentine architect Eduardo Catalano (1917-2010) and placed on the United Nations Square (Plaza Naciones Unidas) in 2002.
The diameter of the sculpture is 26 m when the petals are closed and 32 m
when the petals are open. Last but not least, the sculpture is special because its huge petals open every morning with the help of built-in electronics and hydraulics at 8:00 am and close again at sunset.
The work of art is illuminated during the darkness.

Sculpture “The Thinker”

Opposite the Congress Palace on the Plaza de los Dos Congreso has been a copy of the sculpture “Le Penseur” (The Thinker) by the French sculptor François Auguste René Rodin () since 1907.
The French boxer and wrestler Jean Baud was the model for the original sculpture.

Interesting museums

Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales
Avenida Angel Gallardo 490
The natural science museum was built in 1812. It contains collections on flora and fauna, geology, mineralogy and paleontology of Argentina. The prehistoric fossils and gigantic dinosaur skeletons in the paleontological department are impressive.

Museo de Arte Hispano-Americano Isaac Fernández Blanco

Suipacha 1422
The museum houses the most important Latin American collection of colonial silversmiths.

Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA)

Figueroa Alcorta 3415
The museum is based on the Constantini collection. This includes over 200 works by modern international artists such as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Joaquín Torres García. In addition, there are regular special exhibitions.

Museo de Arte Moderno

The museum of modern art mainly shows works by Argentine artists between 1940 and 1960. International works from the 20th century are also on display.
Avenida San Juan 350

Museo Casa Carlos Gardel

Jean Jaurés 735 In
2003 the house of the tango legend Carlos Gardel was converted into a museum. It was reconstructed true to the original.

Cabildo National
Museum The museum is correctly called “Museo Nacional del Cabildo y la Revolución de Mayo” (National Museum of the Cabildo and the May Revolution). The museum exhibits paintings, clothing, jewelry and other artifacts from the 18th century The building still has the original fountain from 1835.
The “Cabildo de Buenos Aires” is a building that served as the seat of government during the time of the viceroyalty of the “Río de la Plata.” The building was inaugurated in 1610, but had to be expanded soon afterwards.
Since there was no money, the building fell into disrepair and in 1682 was almost a ruin. Renovation work did not begin until 1725, but it was interrupted in 1728 and only continued in 1731. However, a tower was not completed until 1764 and the building was not completed until after 1810.
The tower and the three northernmost arches of the main building were demolished in 1889 – and in 1931 the three southernmost arches as well.
But in 1940 the building was restored to its original state based on old plans by the architect Mario Buschiazzo.
Bolívar 65
1066 Buenos Aires
Tel: 0054 – 11 4342-6729

Museo de la Ciudad
Alsina 412
The Museum of City History illustrates the history of Buenos Aires with an extensive collection of everyday objects of all kinds.

Museo Histórico Nacional

Defensa 1600
The National Historical Museum focuses on Argentine history from the pre-Hispanic times to the 20th century.

Museo Naciónal Bellas Artes

Avenida del Libertador 1473
The “National Museum of Fine Arts”, inaugurated in 1896, is the most important art museum in Argentina. In addition to works by Argentine artists, works of art by international artists such as Chagall, Degat, El Greco, Goya, Rodin, Monet, Van Gogh, Kandinsky and Picasso can be admired.
In addition to the permanent exhibition, the house offers several changing exhibitions every year.

Sculptures and Museums in Buenos Aires, Argentina