The tour of museums and art spaces proposes to expand the proposals of the youngest neighborhood in the city and the least populated; what is the offer of each site.
The Tubantia, belonging to the Dutch shipping company Royal Holland Lloyd, made several trips from Amsterdam to Buenos Aires between 1914 and 1916, when it was sunk by a German submarine during the First World War. It could transport 197 passengers in first class, 236 in second, 136 in intermediate and 854 in third. An exact replica dominates today the Museum of Immigrants where it rests under Malaysians, Luxembourgers, Greeks, Africans, Poles, French, Germans and other gentilicios that are reflected in a wall.
The place is a treasure chest of memories of the migratory waves of the last century with documentation and objects of those new settlers of Argentina. Puerto Madero proposes a tour of museums and art spaces in Buenos Aires with the least amount of inhabitants, but with a rich cultural offer.
A few weeks ago, the “Los 8 imperdibles” proposal was launched, which aims to add value to an area characterized by real estate and gastronomic projects, with premium products dominating the scene since the founding of the new neighborhood at the end of the 1990s. It visits the sites installed in the neighborhood by different institutions that came together to offer greater attractions to Argentine and foreign tourists. And also to the porteños who do not know the cultural variety of Puerto Madero.
The Museum of Immigration, the Contemporary Art Center (CAC), the Amalia Lacroze art collection of Fortabat, the Fragata Presidente Sarmiento and the Uruguay corvette, the Humor Museum, the Faena Arts Center, the Pavilion of Fine Arts and The Ernesto de la Cárcova Comparison and Sculpture Museum is the eight members of this route between the North Dock and Dock 1, in little more than two square kilometers of surface.
“Seeing so many objects that remind me of my grandparents is shocking, and finding the cards of the two, when they arrived in Buenos Aires, is very exciting, for me and the whole family”, says Mariano Mignani after touring the room The Museum of Immigrants dedicates to the Italians and Spaniards who arrived in Argentina. In his hands he has two certificates with the names of his maternal grandparents, the date they left Italy and the day of arrival in Buenos Aires on the ship Paolo Toscanelli.
The museum is set up in one of the rooms of the Hotel de los Inmigrantes, which operated there between 1911 and 1953. In this place foreigners could spend five days, once arrived in the country, to get in touch with their Argentine relatives or get a I work in the employment office. The hotel had three floors, four rooms per floor and 250 beds in each one. In total it could accommodate 3000 people.
According to estimates from the General Bureau of Statistics of Buenos Aires, Puerto Madero has about 7,000 inhabitants and is the least populated neighborhood. However, it is the one that grew the most: in 2001 there were 409 residents. According to the 2010 census, some 2,900,000 people live in Buenos Aires and it has 68 museums, among the nationals and porteños of different areas, that is, one each 42,647 people. The route of Los 8 Imperdibles of Puerto Madero offers a cultural space every 875 inhabitants.
“The offer transcends the resident of Puerto Madero, the neighborhood has a huge percentage of public spaces, the pedestrian embankments on the banks of the dikes and large parks.” It is a very lively neighborhood with a dynamic that both its inhabitants and visitors take advantage of. “, considers the president of the Puerto Madero Corporation, Agustina Olivero Majdalani.
Among the proposals stands out the Pavilion of Arts of the Catholic University of Argentina that currently exhibits a sample about the Jewish Holocaust, with 54 photos in the foreground of genocide survivors and a brief review of the life of each one of them. There is also the Museum of Humor, which operates in the building of the General Directorate of Museums of the city. There are caricatures of Mordillo, the artist Villa Pueyrredón, and a chronological tour of the evolution of the national cartoon.
“It is important not to look at heritage assets in isolation but to do it in an integrated manner, as a journey that sews different proposals”, considers the owner of the Operational Management of the General Directorate of Heritage, Museums and Historic Center, Nani Arias. This heritage highlights the character of each neighborhood. In the Puerto Madero and a new gift, the cultural one.