Musing on Museums

2017.Sep.22 Friday · 0 comments

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A few museums to entice you….

One of my favorite museums to take people to when they visit, is the quirky Museo Xul Solar, Laprida 1212, Recoleta. It’s a very modern styled home that was originally several apartments, including one which belonged to the eponymous artist, Xul Solar, and his studio space. It’s all been opened up and now displays a large number of his works. He’s got a strange, enticing style that I enjoy. He was also, I gather, a bit nuts – not being a particularly sociable person, he invented a couple of his own languages that no one else could speak (panlengua & neocriollo) that involved what he felt to be an easier phonetic structure, and also incorporated music and color into it (he also created a musical notation system that involved color, and there are a couple of the pianos he had built just to play the music he invented), and, his own religion, and a series of games that included a sort of three-dimensional chess. Quirky, as I said.


Museo de Arte Moderno, Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo – three story museum taking up about half a city block. Generally three or four exhibits going on at a time. As long time readers know, I’m not much of a modern art fan, so honestly, two of the exhibits I just kind of walked through in a matter of a few minutes, seeing nothing of any real interest to me. I was really there for the Tomas Saraceno exhibit, which I’ve heard much about….

I had some trepidation heading to this exhibit. 7000 spiders have spun what’s purported to be the world’s largest spiderweb collection (seems a dubious claim – I mean, in how much space, where, etc. – I’m sure that where these were created, in the Ecuadorian rainforest, there are more extensive “sculptures”). But what if there were still a few of those spiders around (okay, I know, logically not, this exhibit has been traveling around the world), or it attracted some local ones, or…. my mind went to sci-fi movies of the 50s and 60s, even Lord of the Rings. In the end, though, it’s a fascinating exhibit (as was the process of creating them, by placing different numbers of spiders inside different sized plastic cubes and changing the orientation of the cube every now and again), and I took a lot of photos, and one video (until I was told to stop, apparently you’re not allowed to video it – they could have just told me that upfront when I went in). Weird as the concept is, if this exhibit travels to where you are, don’t miss it. (Apparently there was also one of ant habitats until recently.)


As long as I was right there, I went next door to the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Buenos Aires, Av. San Juan 328, San Telmo – A much more modern, gallery-esque space, with ramps between floors, shiny concrete walls, and the art spaced out in a way that leaves the place feeling a tad empty for a museum. Again, not really my cup of tea, but at least some of the “abstract graphic design” was colorful and pretty….




2017 Menu #32

2017.Sep.21 Thursday

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Creative Roots & The Diary

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As I’ve started to put more thought into lunches for the Roving Ravenous Horde, I thought it would be interesting to add in an element of something else cultural to each lunch, as an optional extra. Lunch and a museum, lunch and a gallery, lunch and a park, lunch and…? A quint of us (all four […]

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For purposes of this post, I’m referring to Ecuador when I titled this post with Middle Earth in it. But it interestingly led to a whole slew of websites on the subject of spuds in the world of JRR Tolkein. Given that he based the setting on ancient Europe, particularly starting off around ancient England, among […]

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2017 Menu #31

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A Little Bit of This… A Little Bit of That

2017.Sep.11 Monday
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Too much eating out recently, going to be spending more time in the kitchen. That doesn’t mean reviews are stopping, just fewer. And, I’m going to share a few more recipes with you, particularly step by step classic dishes.   This is Cau Cau de Pollo, a chicken version of a dish that dates back centuries […]

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La Isla Bella

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I just couldn’t decide what and where to plan for the Roving Ravenous Horde’s fourth outing. Thanks to my friend David up in Boston (of dumpling diving adventure fame) who suggested that we try out something Caribbean. With Hurricanes Irma & Jose in the offing, maybe it was just subliminal messaging that had it on his […]

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The Locro Line-Up: Choclo Desgranado

2017.Sep.07 Thursday
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Continuing my little investigations into various locro recipes, this time, a corn based locro from north central Argentina. Okay, what do we have here. A bowl of grated corn (choclo desgranado) from six ears; a kilo of stewing beef; half a squash (roughly 1/4 kilo); 1 large onion; 2 carrots; 2 sweet potatoes; 2 globe zucchini; 1 […]

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