Location: 1725, Posadas St. Recoleta
Established in 1910, the Palais de Glace was built to house a skating rink (which worked until 1921 and was the first in Buenos Aires). There was also, at first, a ballroom for dancing tango, the National Commission of Fine Arts, and the studio of TV Channel 7.
Nowadays it is the institutional space for excellence of the National State for the exhibition of Argentine art and stage for the National Lounge of Visual Arts, the most important contest of the country that grants prizes in different categories.
Its style is French with columns and relieves, which still remain and a dome with skylights and lantern lights. It was renovated twice (1931 and 1941) by architect Alejandro Bustillo giving it the appearance that we see at present. There have been different exhibitions throughout the years such as photography, drawing, etching, painting, etc.. Since May 2004 the Palais de Glace has been declared a National Historical Monument.
It is made up of great prizes and first prizes bought by the National Hall of Visual Arts and also by paintings made inside the building by the Alfredo Guido School in 1934, plus other acquisitions and donations both local and international.
The permanent exhibition counts with over 1,020 works: 273 paintings,191 sculptures, 214 engravings, 95 drawings, 21 water colours, 77 photographs, 81 ceramic pieces, 57 textiles, etc. There are at least 16 which are added every year to the list after obtaining important prizes and coming from diverse artistic expressions.
Tuesdays to Fridays from 12.00hs to 20.00hs. Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00hs to 20.00hs.
Visits are free of charge but there is a voluntary contribution fee of $2ºº.
General Public: Saturdays and Sundays 16.00 hs to 18.00 hs.
Group visits and institutions: Weekdays with previous appointments
English language visits with previous appointments: Saturdays and Sundays 17.00 hs entrance fee $10ºº.
Guided visits in English: Sat. and Sundays 17.00 hs. Entrance Fee of $10ºº. Previous appointment required;
The nature of these visits make it possible for the public to come in touch with the Works of art as the guides offer information about techniques and general info so as to really appreciate the works exhibited. The idea is to encourage the capacity of observation in visitors, knowledge of materials used as well open a space for the interactive participation of spectators.
Bookings and info: telephone 4804-4324/1163 ext. 26 – Fax 4801-9014
(Mondays to Fridays from 10.00 hs to 16.00 hs)