Facundo de Zuviría. Images of Buenos Aires

FEB.11.2023          MAY.07.2023

Peinados Permanentes Rosita, Monserrat, 1985

Facundo de Zuviría
Peinados Permanentes Rosita, Monserrat, 1985
Private collection, Paris. © Facundo de Zuviría

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Exhibition

 

FEB.11.2023        MAY.07.2023

Where

Recoletos Exhibition Hall
Paseo Recoletos 23, 28004 Madrid

Tel: 915 81 61 00

cultura@fundacionmapfre.org

Opening hours:
Mondays (except holidays): 2 pm – 8 pm
Tuesday to Saturday: 11 am – 8 pm
Sunday and holidays: 11 am – 7 pm

Closed:
December 25th, January 1st and 6th

Limited opening hours:
December 24th and 31th, January 5th: 11 am – 3 pm

*The evacuation of the hall starts 10 minutes before closing time. Last access (7:30 pm or 6:30 pm) only allows a 20 minutes tour to the exhibitions.

How to arrive

Buses: 5 – 14 – 27 – 37 – 45 – 53 – 150
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Subway: Line 4 (Colón), line 2 (Banco de España) and line 5 (Chueca)
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Trains: C-2, C-7, C-8 and C-10
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Audioguides

Available online in Spanish and English. Accessible via mobile without downloads or installations.

Also available in audio device obtainable in the hall (if available).

Price: €4

Accessibility

Ramp for wheelchair access – The three floors of the hall are accessed by a generously-sized elevator.

Services

Locker Service.

Bookshop

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For Facundo de Zuviría (born Buenos Aires 1954), photographing his native city is a way of photographing the world. When he decided to devote himself to the medium in 1983 one of his first intentions, arising from his involvement in a cultual programme in the city’s barrios, was that of creating a visual archive of Buenos Aires. That project was never realised but since then Zuviría has never ceased to photograph its streets, façades, interior courtyards, shop windows, traffic lights, posters, promotional signs and pedestrians; all the multiple elements which together create the city’s appearance.

In this way, and over the past forty years Zuviría has constructed a parallel image of the city, his own image of it, based on a seemingly dispassionate gaze but one that is both evocative and nostalgic.

Zuviría’s aesthetic reveals the influence of some of the great urban photographers, such as Walker Evans and Horacio Coppola (the latter considered the father of modern Argentinian photography). He is also influenced by visual art, including American and British Pop Art and Edward Hopper, and by literature; it is not by chance that another tireless flâneur of Buenos Aires, Jorge Luis Borges, is his favourite writer.

Curator: Alexis Fabry

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Facundo de Zuviría. Images of Buenos Aires

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PLUS Ticket

  • TICKET and AUDIO GUIDE for Facundo de Zuviría and Leonora Carrington. Revelation. The audio guide is accessible online, from your Smartphone, without downloads or installations. An audio device can also be requested in the room (if available).
  • Prices: PLUS General Admission: €9. PLUS Reduced Admission: €7.
  • Does not incluye headphones. You can add them (€1) during the online purchase or at the ticket office. For sustainability reasons we recommend you to bring your own headphones.

Individual Ticket

  • Allows to visit Facundo de Zuviría and Leonora Carrington. Revelation.
  • General admission: €5.
  • Reduced admission: €3 (Beneficiaries of reduced admission).
  • Free Access (0€): Mondays (except holidays) from 2 pm to 8 pm.

The beneficiaries of free admission must obtain their ticket at the ticket office in the room.

(In the case of free access due to disability / reduced mobility, you can request a ticket reservation in advance by e-mail: cultura@fundacionmapfre.org).

Commented Tour

  • Cultural mediation is one of the most dynamic and effective instruments used by Museums to provide their visitors a better understanding of exhibitions.
  • Brief explanation (15-20 min. approx.) on concepts and information to go in depth in the evaluation and enjoyment of the exhibited works.
  • Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays: from 5 to 8 pm.; Fridays and Saturdays: from 12 am to 2 pm. and from 5 to 8 pm; Sundays and holidays: from 12 am to 2 pm.
  • No additional cost upon entry. Information at reception desk.

MAPFRE Clients

  • MAPFRE offers to its policyholders 2 free tickets (4 if Platinum Client) to visit Facundo de Zuviría and Leonora Carrington. Revelation on the date they choose.
  • To obtain courtesy tickets of MAPFRE, access the online ticket office and follow the purchase process. Before payment, the program will request your ID and will automatically activate the free tickets that correspond to you.
  • You can also get them at the ticket office in the room, presenting your ID.
  • Invitations must be used in a single visit.
  • Any question you have, please check these simple instructions.

Collaborating Entities

  • If you belong to any of the entities that collaborate with Fundación MAPFRE, you must obtain your reduced ticket (€ 1) at the ticket office in the room.

Audioguides

  • If you have already purchased a individual ticket and want to add the audio guide, you can purchase it here. Price: 4 €
  • The audio guide is accessible online, from your Smartphone, without downloads or installations. An audio device can also be requested in the room (if available).
  • Does not incluye headphones. You can add them (€1) during the online purchase or at the ticket office. For sustainability reasons we recommend you to bring your own headphones.

Groups

Group Visit

  • It's mandatory for the Group Visit to have a guide or person in charge. To request a guide from the Foundation, ask please for information and rates to: cultura@fundacionmafpre.org
  • The group must be made up of a minimum of 6 pax. a maximum of 15 pax (guide included).
  • The use of an audio-guiding system is mandatory for the visit. If the group does not have its own, you must add it (€1/pax) during the online purchase process.
  • Schedule: Mondays: 3 pm, 4 pm. From Tuesdays to Fridays: 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm and 6 pm.
  • Maximum duration of the visit: 60 min.
  • The formalization of the booking implies the acceptance of the Rules for the visit, especially those indicated for "Group Tour".

€3/pax.

Schools

Educational activities for schools are developed entirely in Spanish. If you are interested please consult section Colegios y Familias.

Families

Educational activities for families are developed entirely in Spanish. If you are interested please consult section Colegios y Familias.

Important:

  • Tickets changes or returns are not allowed except for justified force majeure.
  • The purchase of tickets presupposes the acceptance of the Rules for the visit. We recommend reading it before entering the room.
  • Fundación MAPFRE is not responsible for the rates, schedules and other information applied on the websites of other entities where tickets for their exhibitions can be purchased.
  • If the online ticket purchasing process is cancelled, suspended or cut off, please contact our support telephone numbers: +34 915 816 100 (attention exclusively during the opening hours of the exhibition hall).

Facundo de Zuviría. Images of Buenos Aires surveys forty years of the artist’s career, from 1982 to 2022, through 195 black and white and colour photographs. It is presented as a linear account in the manner of a continuous flow, only interrupted by the series “Argentinian Siesta”, the artist’s best known and most political one, and “Frontality”, an outstanding example of his interest in composition and symmetry.

Zuviría employs two fundamental working methods. Firstly, projects that continue over a lengthy period of time which arise from a previous idea and in which each image is subordinate to a particular concept, as in the case of “Frontality”. That series, started in 2010, was initially intended to come to an end but is still ongoing today. This is also the case with “Images of Buenos Aires”, which Zuviría considers his most personal creation given that it is based on motifs that he constantly returns to during his regular walks around the city. Secondly, the artist creates series in a self-contained and time-limited manner, as with his photograms (1981-83), sequences (2000-04), the above-mentioned “Argentinian Siesta” (2001-03), and the cyanotypes of books that he produced during the pandemic (2020-21), to cite just some examples.

Vernacular Pop: one of the most important aspects of Zuviría’s work is the influence of Pop Art, even when this is unconscious. His ability to capture the vernacular throughout his series “Images of Buenos Aires”, to cite his most extensive and long-lasting project, is one of the artist’s most important characteristics. Zuviría ennobles elements of consumer society such as posters, advertising hoardings and signs for bars and restaurants, giving his work the “smell” of Buenos Aires.

The barrios: for Facundo de Zuviría the essence of Buenos Aires is not to be found in the city centre but in the barrios, which were still suburban areas in the early 1980s and which he found less impersonal. As the artist himself said in an interview published in the newspaper Clarín in 2015, two aspects of these areas of the city attract him: “The one-storey houses, that aspect of being built-on pampa characteristic of Buenos Aires, which is a flat plain with a lot of sky. The shop fronts, measuring 8.66 metres wide with two flanking windows and a central door that create a triptych, with every possible variety within that structure.”

The corralito: on 3 December 2001 the corralito was declared in Argentina, which was a government measure that included banning people from taking money out of their own current accounts, savings accounts and financial investments. This led to a profound economic crisis. The restriction on money supply had the consequence of strangling the economy and paralysing trade and credit. The societal upheaval resulting from such a drastic measure, the effect of which lasted for several years, can be located within the context of the political crisis that followed the resignation of president Fernando de la Rúa on 21 December. His successor, Adolfo Rodríguez Saá, was in office for just one week (23 to 30 December) and was replaced by Eduardo Duhalde, who became president of the Republic on 2 January 2002.

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