Malba and a closed museum, and Chacarita Cemetery
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Quite a frustrating day today. Started off well with a visit to Malba, the modern art gallery in an impressive building with three floors of art. Most of the art is Latin American, and at the moment there is a special exhibition on relating to Mexican artists. Got in free today, because it´s Wednesday, so saved ourselves 30 pesos! Walked back to the Museo de Arte Popular Jose Hernandez, which is supposed to have an excellent collection of gaucho items including ponchos, spurs, silverware, knives, mate gourds and so on. After paying to get in, we discovered that only two very small rooms were open, so saw virtually nothing of the advertised 10,000 piece collection. The little room with silver items was good, some interesting old pieces such as a mate made of silver and in the form of an ostrich, and a bombilla that looked like a serpent.
First stop today was the Chacarita Cemetery, the ´poor relation´to the flasher one in Recoleta. This one is much bigger than Recoleta, but more difficult to find your way around as few maps and even less street signs to tell you where you are. After much wandering we found the grave of Carlos Gardel, covered in flowers as it was the anniversary of his death (in a plane crash in Colombia) two days ago. Also found the tomb of Jorge Newberry, the aviation pioneer. He died in 1914 preparing for the first attempt to fly across the Andes. We looked for Juan Peron´s grave, but were later told that he isn´t there anymore because he´s been moved to a memorial park further out of Buenos Aires.