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The city of Neuquén has the only venue outside Buenos Aires of the National Museum of Fine Arts (MNBA). The same was inaugurated on December 12, 2004 to mark the centennial celebrations of the city.

The museum has the patrimony of the MNBA and it can be visited free of charge from Tuesday through Sunday, providing a great attraction for residents and tourists who want to know about national and regional cultural activity.

The building

The museum building has more than two thousand square meters and an auditorium for 300 people, that make a simple, functional design which allows increasing the direction of tour. This is because inside is a ring, arranged around a courtyard which, in itself, may also contain artistic expressions.

The museum is a work unique in the national urban level and belongs to the architectural project of Mario Roberto Álvarez, for which he received the first prize in the 2004 Architecture National Biennale.

Around the museum is a park and around the building there are installed security and temperature and humidity control systems. Also it was treated to reflect the surrounding environment using elements of the Patagonian geography as sand, water and stone.

Samples

In the museum you can see two types of samples. The first is the MNBA heritage with a collection of 250 pieces of great importance divided between:

European Rooms

  • Renaissance and Baroque
  • Nineteenth Spanish Century 
  • Nineteenth French Century
  • Humanism in Italy

Dutch Golden Age

Argentine and Latin American Rooms

  • Nineteenth Century Precursors
  • The generation of the eighties
  • Impressionists
  • The paths of realism 1910-1940
  • The utopian avant-garde 1910-1945
  • New trends 1950-1965
  • Painters of La Boca and Paris Group

The second refers to the Traveling Exhibitions, comprising an active program of temporary exhibitions of the most important artists of national and universal art. Among them are the following samples:

  • Engravings "Suite Vollard" by Pablo Picasso
  • Series of engravings by Francisco de Goya
  • Series of engravings by Rembrandt 
  • Retrospective Sample of Emilio Pettoruti
  • Retrospective Sample of Carlos Castagnino

In addition to permanent and traveling exhibitions, the museum complements its cultural offer with other activities such as cinema or concerts in the auditorium. Finally, the art bookshop and the Museum Café help the character of true community center that has the MNBA.

General Useful Data

Hours: From Tuesday through Saturday from 8 to 21 and Sundays and holidays from 16 to 20. Free admission. Join up to 30 minutes before closing. Closed on Mondays. If you want a guided tour, they are made from Tuesdays through Fridays at 18 pm. Admission is free.

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