Art, travel and contemporary culture collide in Curagenda’s inaugural Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires, an immersive four-day Argentinian experience from September 6. The curated tour is limited to 30 people ($2,400 per person, exclusive of travel and accommodation) and the itinerary customised for each individual as they explore the city’s rich artistic history and culinary scene – and are introduced to the major movers of the South American art world.
The excursions will be led by resident curator Martin Craciun, who will shine a light on what is set to be the highlight of this year’s Art Basel Cities – Cecilia Alemani’s city-wide Hopscotch network of artworks and installations – and will also open doors to premier galleries including Ruth Benzacar, Rolf Art and Henrique Faria.
Constanza Cerullo, a specialist in contemporary Latin American art, will take charge of the tours of the city’s landmark art buildings, including the Museum of Latin American Art, the Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art and the private art centre, Fundación PROA. The National Museum of Decorative Arts and the Faena Art Centre will also offer exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the group, before they enjoy evenings filled with art, theatre and fine dining.
One of the most anticipated events on the agenda is the studio banquet dinner co-hosted by Nicola Constantino – the award-winning artist who has recently represented Argentina at both the Venice and São Paulo Biennales. A schedule of artist studio visits, meanwhile, is set to include Eduardo Basualdo, whose dramatic installation on the Río de la Plata is part of the Art Basel Cities Hopscotch exhibition, and Leandro Ehrlich, who is known for his recent complex installations at Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum and Le Bon Marché in Paris. For those who want a true taste of the artist’s life, an intimate lunch has been arranged at the San Telmo home-cum-studio of contemporary photographer Jorge Miño.
Additional excursions to the Viña Vik retreat in Chile, and to Argentina’s Estancia Colomé can also be arranged before the start of the Buenos Aires tour. At Viña Vik, guests will be treated to tours of the winery designed by celebrated Chilean architect Smiljan Radic, before retiring to art-filled rooms that have been carefully curated by owner-collectors, Alexander and Carrie Vik. Guests who choose to travel to Estancia Colomé in Argentina’s Salta province will also enjoy unique access to the James Turrell Museum.