In the middle of austral summer, with a Buenos Aires semivacía, more than 40,000 people attended on Thursday the reopening of the Recoleta Cultural Center, an icon of the artistic vanguard of Buenos Aires with almost four decades of history. On the site that the cloister of a Franciscan convent functioned in the 18th century, visitors made long queues to access samples such as Rabid toy, that curated by Juan Pablo Carbariere gathered author dolls, or that of The last one turns off the light, of the French Séverine Hubard, that allowed to walk on mountains of trunks.
The porteños cultural fever, which is evident in a city full of theaters, bookstores and artistic exhibitions, was turned upside down with the first big event of 2019. Around 800,000 people pass through this center of more than 10,000 square meters each year . The artist Yaia intervened the facade of the architects Clorindo Testa, Jacques Bedel and Luis Benedit with which the Recoleta opened in 1980. Thousands of people danced under the music of DJ Villa Diamante in front of his mural Summer Love, with couples kissing among flowers in garish violet, turquoise, pink and yellow tones.
The art director of the center, Luis Gimelli, played down the criticism received for the intervention of the façade. "Everything that is different, at different times, generates discomforts, I understand that when Clorindo, Bedel and Benedit decided to paint a classic building of embroidery, yellow and light blue, it must have been a stir too".
The programming of the new Recoleta, which remained closed for more than a year for works, seeks that the youngest "be the protagonists", according to the city's Minister of Culture, Enrique Avogadro. "It is more than a place designed so that adolescents in the city can meet, learn and share what they think, feel and believe as active participants in the culture," said Avogadro.
One of the attractions for the adolescent audience is the new hip hop space, located on one of the terraces. Rappers Rulo and Lles fought the first battle while dozens of fans encouraged them in a circle. Others warmed up a few meters away. Weeks ago, the freestyle mobilized more than 10,000 people in Buenos Aires to witness the Spanish-American final of the Battle of Gallos and crowned an Argentine, Wos. In the Recoleta there will be workshops and competitions during the weekends of January and February. Also queer karaoke and poetry recitals.
With its interest in new artists, Recoleta goes back to its origins. Been born during the dictatorship, it flourished in the first years of return to the democracy, when harboring the underground culture of emerging artists and transgressors. With the idea of reviving the mythical spirit Di Tella Institute of the sixties and inspired by the model of the Parisian Pompidou, the cultural center reflected through art the democratic opening that transited the country with works such as The Kermesse, by Liliana Maresco (1985). In that headquarters it was presented Water drop, by Gyula Kosice, and the sculpture The kid Bazooka, by Pablo Súarez, who revealed the gay underworld of the late eighties. Suarez, who died in 2006, is today the object of a retrospective at the Museum of Latin American Art in Buenos Aires (Malba). Your story also wants to define your present.