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Day 54 – MALBA Is Full of Art

December 3, 2010

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Date: Friday, December 3, 2010

Ah, I’m nearly back in tourist mode! (After almost a week off, this deserved an exclamation mark.) First up, a revisit to Recoleta Cemetery, this time with Jamil. On this visit, for some reason, I noticed a ton of cats. Perhaps it was because there wasn’t rain on the horizon. There was even a cat lady who walked through the cemetery calling out to them and, in her wake, a procession of cats emerged from the maze of mausoleums and followed her to her food like a horde of slow moving horror movie zombies.

Afterwards, we walked to Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA). A great find, overall. There are some interesting Latin American displays. The most extensive was for Marta Minuji. She is a “conceptual artist” which, as far as I can tell, means she created art that was an “event” more than it was an “object.” That and she had the crazy eyes. And she was pals with Andy Warhol.

Her work made me think she did a lot of drugs. Or that she lived during the 60s, which kind of would be the same thing.

She had a penchant for creating large art pieces then burning them down. If you’re on a date with a girl and she describes herself in a similar way, I think we can safely say that’s a red flag. She seems to have made quite an impact. Her display dominated a whole floor of the museum.

Perhaps this is a preview, but I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of being a traveler. After my little vacation from my vacation, I’m ready to restart my vacation.

And yes, that’s just as ridiculous and awesome as it sounds.

GALLERY: Click through to see bonus photos of Cementerio de Recoleta, more pictures of pictures by Latin artists, and a sign that the Kennedy name has some cachet in Latin America.

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