The Sívori Museum: A Cultural Center For Buenos Aires

Ana B. Remos


Buenos Aires’s Eduardo Sívori Museum holds within its private collection more than 3,000 pieces of modern and contemporary art. Since its inception in 1933, the museum has evolved into a modern cultural center of great significance in Argentina’s capital city. It has moved several times, as required by the changing needs of a modern museum. Currently located in the bohemian enclave of Palermo, it contains several exhibition halls for the display of its permanent collection, spaces dedicated to temporary exhibits, a splendid sculpture garden, library, restoration workshops, a small amphitheater, conference rooms, gift shop and a trendy café.

The Sívori’s program includes performance, visual and literary arts, and brings together specialists, artists and the general public, putting special emphasis on children and people with special needs. From July to September the museum presents a series of activities to welcome families and groups during the holidays. This austral winter the program selection includes three concurrent exhibitions: Lasser, Flashes of the Invisible, Horacio D’Alessandro, and 19th Century French Illustration.

Lasser, Flashes of the Invisible presents the work of Juan Carlos Lasser (1952-2007), a selection of pieces that aims for the essence of transparency through magnificent watercolors. According to researcher Silvia Marrube, “his palette ranges from monochrome (works in blue or red) to the extreme shades of black and white.” And she adds, “the texture of his paintings generates a dense and expressive saturation, where the application of the oil defines the transparency of the canvas, allowing the drawings to surface and take over the composition”.

LASSER. Slip in Red, 2006.

Horacio D’Alessandro Paintings is a selection of works from 1998, when the artist experimented with wood and oil as the main elements. D’Alessandro, an expert academician, has also coordinated exhibits at the Sívori (1983-1989). Afterwards he joined the Museology Department at Buenos Aires’s Museum of Modern Art (1989-2009). According to the Sívori, the exhibit “explores the formal possibilities and expressive qualities of nontraditional materials, such as marble powder, nails, wire, copper, pyroxylins, varnishes and beeswax, among others”.

LÓPEZ ARMENTIA. Heart and Reason.

French Caricature of the 19th Century, a selection curated by the Museum of Drawing and Illustration, presents a collection of 50 prints (etchings, lithographs and other media) from the 18th and 19th centuries. It showcases artists like William Hogarth, James Gillray, Honoré Daumier and J.J. Grandville. Most of the works were originally published in English and French newspapers and magazines, such as Le Caricature, Punch, and Le Charivari y L’Eclipse. T other pieces included in the display were published in Italy, Spain, Russia, Germany, Mexico, Uruguay and the United States.

J.J. Grandville.

There is a special chapter within this exhibition dedicated to Argentina, with works from El Mosquito and Don Quixote newspapers, and pieces from the late 19th century published in the magazine Caras y Caretas.

The three exhibitions will be open through August 11.


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