When I was trying to plan my visit to Buenos Aires a few weeks ago, I got in touch with my friend Fran, who lives there. First I was partly hoping that he would have a plan (yes, I was feeling lazy!) and second (it goes without saying) meeting up with people in the places you go most of the times is so much better than ticking off lists of monuments. And when those people are as nice and funny as Fran is, then you need nothing more!
However Fran was not in Buenos Aires at the time I would be there, so I did have to make a plan! But he suggested I visit that very interesting exhibition, that I put in the back of my mind as an alternative option depending on what the rest of the plan would be. It turned out that when I got there the weather was beautiful and the itinerary I followed worked very well and I got to see that exhibition Fran was raving about!
La Menesunda is a historic exhibition restaged after 50 years, this time in the Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires)! Marta Minujín is an Argentinean conceptual and performance artist, who’s been active for more than 50 years. Her ambient installation La Menesunda was created in 1965 and it was groundbreaking for its time causing surprise and provocation. So, as the latest trend in arts goes, it was decided that it will be revived and presented to today’s audience.
The idea is for viewers to follow a path through chambers, led by neon signs, each separated by different entrances. So one thing that makes it so cool is the interaction: the viewer is now an element of the installation/performance. During your journey through the artist’s imagination, you come face to face with television screens on full volume, a couple having sex, a beauty counter with a lady that offers you massage, a walk-in freezer and a room full of mirrors, confetti and a fan among others!
I didn’t find it particularly surprising or provocative. The idea of the reconstruction is to “invite us to interpret the past while arousing thoughts and feelings in a contemporary context.” anyway. But art is art and you can choose to interpret it however you like. I really enjoyed the interaction and it was surely something unique that I hadn’t tried before. I’m looking forward to a similar experience in the future! I’ll be keeping my eyes and ears open for that!