The featured image is the top of a sculpture in the Plaza Espana and is my favorite work of art in Mendoza. On the left is Spain, symbolized as the older, more motherly woman, reaching out and holding on to securely her new daughter, Argentina, by way of the Santa Maria, which brought them together. Many of the museums and art galleries were closed while I was here because it is summer and the time is needed for repairs and new installations. The gallery of Comtemporary Art was open, however, and not only were some of the paintings and sculptures very interesting, the gallery itself was astonishing:
Because my Spanish vocabulary is limited, I really could not understand the text accompanying most of the paintings or sculptures. I liked this artist. His theme seems to be capturing people while they are in motion, walking:
Or, riding the bus:
When I first stopped in front of The Original Conversation, I felt so disturbed I had to walk away. But I kept coming back. Just the idea of old people being Adam and Eve is unusual. But then, art should be evocative:
And Detonation surely caught my attention:
This artist captures the awe inspiring Andes and the flight of the condor.
Online, I read that the Sheraton had an art collection so I walked over to the hotel and asked if I could see it. The desk agent said unfortunately, the paintings were all down because the walls were being re-painted!
A most enjoyable art gallery was Foak (foakdesign.com) a design and animation studio started by four talented young people:
They showed me some of their work on the computer. An ad for a fashion show was an eye grabber as were animations of their creating graffiti. I spent a half hour talking with them and they offered me mate, which made me so happy. Finally, mate. And it does taste like strong tea without any sweetener.