Just entering to the Esplendor Buenos Aires Hotel, located in the Centre of Buenos Aires, we observe spectacular works of the artistic group “Mondongo” hanging on the walls.
For foreigners who do not know what this word means, “mondongo” is the part that covers the stomach of cattle and the name of the group is about this concept of food; it is a popular dish with a great mix of ingredients.
This group of young and Argentine artists composed initially of Agustina Picasso, Juliana Laffitte and Manuel Mendanha was formed in 1999. Since there, they work together making pictures whose hallmark is the material.
From the first works they used perishable materials (such as cookies, bread crumbs, chewing gum, candies) treated with a solution of toxic resin to prevent its corruption. From 2005, artists began to work with durability materials as iron, plastic and cotton thread and plasticine, becoming talented artisans.
Its works are of great size and what it is most striking is that from a distance it seems a mere portrait or landscape but as you approach you begin to glimpse the raw material that makes you want to touch it and the curiosity of how they did it arises.
An art gallery in the Esplendor Buenos Aires Hotel
The Esplendor Buenos Aires Hotel acquired a collection of works by the art collective Mondongo group that were installed as part of the decoration of the hotel, turning its corridors into a large art gallery in 2006. The collection of works refers to prominent figures of Argentine culture, among others.
The works installed in the hallways, lobby and restaurant of the Esplendor Buenos Aires Hotel are:
Eva Perón: Made with different types of breads and resin on wood.
Che Guevara: Made with 40,000 bullets and resin on wood.
J.L. Borges: Made with threads of cotton on wood.
María Elena Walsh: Made with clay on wood.
Antonio Berni: Made with xylographic taco.
Adrián Dárgelos: Made with strass on canvas.
Diego Maradona: Made with gold chains and nails on wood.
Andy Warhol: Made with colors preservatives on wood.
Carlos Gardel: Made with pins on wood.
Carlos Monzón: Made with glass over wood.
Astor Piazzolla: Made with pins on wood.
It is worth noting that the group has a few years bursting with strength in international art circles, they have already bought several of its works in the Moma in New York and the Tate Gallery in London. In 2004 Mondongo was commissioned by the Spanish Royal family the portraits of its members.
- San Martín 780 between Córdoba Av. and Viamonte Av. Downtown Buenos Aires.
If you are one of those tourists that love art we have an excellent plan to recommend you in the city of Buenos Aires. In the context of the celebrations of the 25 years of arteBA it is presents ArteBA Focus. The new Argentine contemporary art exhibition will take place on 12 and 13 November at Arena Studios, in the neighborhood of La Boca and will have the participation of 30 galleries and 80 artists from Argentina.
“Galerías Pacífico” is one of the most successful shopping centers of Argentina and one of the most frequented by tourists in Buenos Aires. It was declared a National Historic Monument for its architecture of undeniable artistic value and its stunning murals.
Those who visit the city of Buenos Aires may visit ”Galerías Pacífico” both as a cultural spot to admire its architecture or at the same time as a place for shopping.
A bit of history
The building, designed by the engineer Emilio Agrelo and the architect Roland Le Vacher Parmesan, was projected in 1888 as a venue for the shop Au Bon Marche, one of the most important shopping centers in the Argentine capital at the moment. It was inspired by the great European galleries. Six years later, it was inaugurated although the work was fully completed in the early years of the 20th century.
In 1989, the building was declared a National Historic landmark. The central dome murals were designed in 1945 by the architects Jorge Aslan and Héctor Ezcurra. After the reformation, the current shopping centre was re opened in 1992. Today the building presents the Beaux-Arts architectural style and it has several works of art in its murals, composing a beautiful mix between antique and modern style.
Tourists observe its imposing facade from far away. But that’s just a sample of all the beauty that the construction has and which is so admired by visitors. The building has vaults of glass and a spacious and elegant central dome. The dome has murals of Antonio Berni, Lino Spilimbergo, Juan Carlos Castagnino, Demetrio Urruchúa and Manuel Colmeiro Guimarães, being the last one, the only Argentine artist. The interior is also full of murals and columns that represent a large number of situations, allegories and universal messages.
Dont get surprised if you see people looking toward the ceiling and admiring the paintings.
The shopping mall has an area of 11,000 m2 and more than 150 shops and stands of leading brands, in addition to a food court with more than 18 different gastronomic proposals.
The leading brands that can be found here are: Swarovski, Tommy Hilfiger, Lacoste, Timberland, Nike, Adidas, Brooskfield, Chanel, Mac Pro, Freddo, Havana, Hugo Boss, Levis, Lancome, Cacharel, among others.
Benefits for tourists
Altough it is true that this shopping is not for cheap shopping (we will discuss then about Oulets and “Los Arcos district” in Palermo, for example) from the “Galerías Pacífico” Website they inform that there are certain benefits for travellers. These are:
- Tax Free: Presenting the passport and the ticket of $70 or more you will save up to 16% on withdrawals out of the country. Important: Only for shops members, applicable to products of national origin.
- Guided tours: In 20 minutes you will visit the building with audio guides that tell the story of the place, murals and its artists. You must request the headphones in the office of the ground floor. Available languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese and French.
- Discounts on shops with Rewards Card: It is an exclusive service for foreign tourists. The brochure with the local members can be aquired at the office located in Level Source.
- If you are a member of the program of benefits of “Galerías Pacífico” and also an Argentine resident, booking 2 nights or more in Esplendor Buenos Aires Hotel you get 30% OFF. Valid only for telephone bookings, via e-mail or website. Late Check Out until 2 pm free of charge. It includes buffet breakfast and free wifi. Valid until 31/12/2016.
- Although “Galerías Pacífico” occupy exactly one whole block its main entrance is located on the corner of Florida Street with Córdoba Avenue.
- From Monday to Saturday from 10 hs until 21 hrs and Sundays from 12 hs to 21 hs.
How to get there
- Walk down through Florida Street to the corner of Córdoba Avenue.
- Bus lines that pass through “Galerías Pacifico” are: 6, 22, 23, 26, 28, 33, 45, 50, 56, 61, 62, 74, 91, 93, 99, 109, 115, 126, 130, 140, 143, 152, 195. To move by bus in Buenos Aires you need to have the SUBE Card. Click here to find out where to get it.
- Take line C (blue) and get off at the Station General San Martín or Lavalle or take line B (red) and get off into Florida Station.