Malba and a closed museum, and Chacarita Cemetery

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Interior of the Malba Gallery

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.

The Planetarium, which is on the site where the first soccer (football) match in Argentina was played.
  Then decided to walk down to the Planetarium, to discover that it was also closed due to a private function - not a succesful day of sightseeing at all!  Ended up giving up and going home.

June 26:
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.

The tomb of Carlos Gardel at Chacarita.
  We then walked down to a small cafe near Carranza subte to meet the writer we met in Chile for lunch.  Had a nice couple of hours to catch up with Victoria, and enjoy a really delicous meal in Cafe Oui Oui.  After Victoria left to teach her English class, we took the subte to Florida to try and see the new Maxwell Smart movie, but all the showings were in Spanish so didn´t bother.  After wandering along Florida for a bit more, we headed home.

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Interior of the Malba Gallery
Interior of the Malba Gallery
The Planetarium, which is on the s…
The Planetarium, which is on the …
The tomb of Carlos Gardel at Chaca…
The tomb of Carlos Gardel at Chac…
Carlos with a cigarette in hand an…
Carlos with a cigarette in hand a…
The tomb of Jorge Newbery, depicti…
The tomb of Jorge Newbery, depict…