Art in Mendoza

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 ( 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.


  1. David James

    20 January

    What a wonderful review of Mendoza’s culture, art and atmosphere. Your tour here had me traveling along with you, vicariously. Great blog postings. I anxiously await your introducing us to Chile through your eyes. I know you were there previously, too. I’m sure we won’t be disappointed.

    • tarpley

      20 January

      Thanks, David. Makes me happy to know it was interesting reading.

  2. Thank you for this post. I know little about art from a formal education but admire and respond to that which I like. One might say that art and literature are sisters so that since I have a formal education in literature, then I can understand art like a poem. I do like your featured image and appreciate your explanation. The Original Conversation is very intriguing. I have questions that I would like to ask the artist such as the meaning of what appears to be an earpiece that Eve is holding and which ends up in the vine. Also, what is Adam doing to Eve’s shoulder? Perhaps he is helping God to finish the forming of Eve. The title and their nudity indicates that they are still in the garden, but they did not age until God put them out of the Garden. Of course, if the artist wants them to be old in the Garden, then so be it. I would ask the artist what is the meaning of their being old. I cannot shut out my familiarity of the Bible passages in Genesis that relate to Adam and Eve. Yes, the painting is very evocative, and I enjoyed viewing.

    • tarpley

      23 January

      Your take on the photograph is intriguing to me, Ouida. Wish you could have been there with me looking at it! Yes the ear piece and what is Adam doing to her shoulder invites questions! Many questions. I am not schooled in art, either. But I do like what images stir in me, like good literature.