The Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA) is a museum dedicated to the art and culture of Latin America. It was founded in 2001 by the Argentine businessman and philanthropist Eduardo Costantini, who donated his personal collection of more than 200 works by modern and contemporary artists from the region. The museum is located in the Palermo neighborhood of Buenos Aires, in a building designed by the Argentine architects Gastón Atelman, Martín Fourcade and Alfredo Tapia.
The ticket price for the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires is 400 pesos for general admission, 200 pesos for students and seniors, and free for children under 12 and people with disabilities. The museum also offers free admission on Wednesdays for all visitors. The ticket includes access to the permanent collection and the temporary exhibitions.
The Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires is open from Thursday to Monday, from 12 pm to 8 pm, and on Wednesdays from 12 pm to 9 pm. The museum is closed on Tuesdays. The last entry is 30 minutes before closing time.
The easiest way to get to the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires is by subway (line D, station Plaza Italia) or by bus (lines 10, 34, 37, 67, 128, 152, 160 or 161). There is also a bike station nearby (EcoBici station number 25). The museum has a parking lot with limited capacity and a fee of 150 pesos per hour.
Some tips for visiting the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires are:
- Plan your visit in advance and check the website for the current exhibitions and activities.
- Download the MALBA app for free and enjoy an interactive guide with audio, video and images.
- Visit the museum shop and the café for souvenirs and snacks.
- Respect the social distancing and hygiene measures implemented by the museum due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires offers guided tours in Spanish and English for groups of up to 10 people. The tours last about an hour and cover the highlights of the permanent collection and the temporary exhibitions. The tours are free with the admission ticket and require a reservation at least 48 hours in advance. You can book your tour online or by phone at +54 11 4808-6500.
Some of the most famous works that you can see at the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires are:
- Abaporu by Tarsila do Amaral, a symbol of Brazilian modernism and one of the most expensive Latin American paintings ever sold.
- Self-portrait with Monkey by Frida Kahlo, a masterpiece of Mexican surrealism and one of the few self-portraits that Kahlo painted with her beloved pet monkey.
- La civilización occidental y cristiana by León Ferrari, a controversial sculpture that depicts a crucified Christ on an American fighter jet.
- Manifestación by Antonio Berni, a powerful mural that portrays a social protest in Buenos Aires during the Peronist era.
The Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires has some prohibitions that visitors must respect:
- No photography or video recording is allowed inside the exhibition halls, except for personal use and without flash or tripod.
- No food or drinks are allowed inside the museum, except for water bottles.
- No smoking is allowed anywhere in the museum premises.
- No pets are allowed inside the museum, except for guide dogs.