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National Museum of Fine Arts of Argentina
art museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina
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National Museum of Fine Arts of Argentina
art museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Av. del Libertador 1473
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If you hate art, history, or free things, you should definitely steer clear of the National Museum of Fine Arts Argentina.

Then again, you are on Sartle, so unless you are here to revel in our cheeky humor and propensity to show you the greatest nip slips, then I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that you might enjoy a visit to this iconic Argentine museum.

The National Museum of Fine Arts Argentina proudly reps the largest public collection in Latin America, which we at Sartle consider a pretty legit bragging right. With more than 12,000 objects to peruse, there are two collections in particular that have been known to shine brighter than all the others: the nineteenth-century European art collection and the Argentine collection.

If you are a fan of Francisco Goya, they have an entire room dedicated to his work. You can take refuge in the dark twisted art in the Goya room or find solace in comparing your mental health to those who are clearly worse off than you...                                                                                      

After a long day spent at this museum, if you do not feel intellectually satisfied by their well-rounded collections, you could always hit up their fine art library, which is home to over 150,000 visual art magazines, books, and journals. That should surely be enough to make the inner art history nerd swoon.

The National Museum of Fine Arts Argentina is happily situated in the Recoleta section of Buenos Aires, which is arguably the most affluent area in the city. How did this area become the so affluent you ask? After a doozy of a bout of yellow fever wreaked havoc on the city in the 18th century, all the poor residents fled south while all the wealthy inhabitants ran up the hill to Recoleta in hopes that the higher elevation would keep them safe. I am sensing there may be a real life Pawnee/Eagleton rivalry going on, but I may just be projecting for I am clearly in far too deep when it comes to my obsession with "Parks & Rec." Today when visiting, you will not see people keeling over from yellow fever, but rather its inhabitants can be found strutting along dressed to the nines while dining in chic cafes. Needless to say, if you come here to enjoy The National Museum of Fine Arts Argentina, you will not be alone, for this is one of the most touristy areas of Buenos Aires.

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Here is what Wikipedia says about Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Buenos Aires)

The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ("National Museum of Fine Arts") is an Argentine art museum in Buenos Aires, located in the Recoleta section of the city. The Museum inaugurated a branch in Neuquén in 2004.

History

Argentine painter and art critic, Eduardo Schiaffino, was the first director of the MNBA, which opened on 25 December 1895, in a building on Florida Street which today houses the Galerías Pacífico shopping mall. In 1909, the museum moved to a building in Plaza San Martín, originally erected in Paris as the Argentine Pavilion for the 1889 Paris exhibition, and later dismantled and brought to Buenos Aires. In its new home, the museum became part of the International Centenary Exhibition held in Buenos Aires in 1910. Following the demolition of the Pavilion in 1932, as part of the remodeling of Plaza San Martín, the museum was transferred to its present location in 1933, a building originally constructed in 1870 as a drainage pumping station and adapted to its current use by architect Alejandro Bustillo.

The museum was modernized both physically and in its collections during the 1955–64 tenure of director Jorge Romero Brest. A temporary exhibits pavilion was opened in 1961, and the museum acquired a large volume of modern art though its collaboration with the Torcuato di Tella Institute, a leading promoter of local, avant-garde artists, and elsewhere; a Contemporary Argentine Art pavilion was later opened in 1980. This 1,536 square metres (16,533 sq ft) hall is the largest of 34 currently in use at the museum, which totals 4,610 square metres (49,622 sq ft) of exhibit space. Its permanent collection totals 688 major works and over 12,000 sketches, fragments, potteries, and other minor works. The institution also maintains a specialized library, totaling 150,000 volumes, as well as a public auditorium. The MNBA commissioned architect Mario Roberto Álvarez to design a branch in the Patagonian region city of Neuquén. Inaugurated in 2004, this museum holds 4 exhibit halls totaling 2,500 square metres (26,910 sq ft) and a permanent collection of 215 works, as well as temporary exhibits and a public auditorium.

The ground floor of the museum holds 24 exhibit halls housing a fine international collection of paintings from the Middle Ages up to the 20th century, together with the museum's art history library. The first floor's 8 exhibit halls contain a collection of paintings by some of the most important 20th-century Argentine painters, including Antonio Berni, Ernesto de la Cárcova, Benito Quinquela Martín, Eduardo Sívori, Sarah Grilo, Alfredo Guttero, Raquel Forner, Xul Solar, Marcelo Pombo and Lino Enea Spilimbergo. The second floor's two halls, completed in 1984, hold an exhibition of photographs and two sculpture terraces, as well as most of the institution's administrative and technical departments.

Check out the full Wikipedia article about Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Buenos Aires).