Photo: German artist Franz Ackermann's work now on display at Argentina's Faena Arts Center
The urban planning community of Puerto Madero in Argentina’s Buenos Aires area has begun turning itself into an upscale art hub with the success of the Faena Arts Canter.
Alan Faena is the mind behind the center which opened in 2011. Now, the Faena Art District project is celebrating its one-year anniversary. The project involved the transformation of an early 20th century building known as Los Molinos, which houses the arts center.
The Faena Arts Center calls on local and international artists, designers and film-makers to plan site-specific works that interact not only with the architecture, but with the cultural and urban conditions that make up its immediate context.
The center, which was once a wheat mill, “provides international-standard production conditions for all guest artists and curators. This fulfills our greatest dream: to provide the city with a unique project, steadfastly committed to cultural activation.”
The center’s $14 million, 13,000-square-foot exhibition space is housed on 2 floors under 32-foot high ceilings.
As of November 9th, the work of German artist Franz Ackermann is on display as well as the work of the artists involved with L.E.A.
LEA of Argentina was created to support the creative development of artists and researchers, through scholarship programs and residences. It proposes the creation of specific projects to maintain an open, dynamic and inspiring dialogue with the different areas of the Faena Arts Center.
This first edition, is led by Emiliano Miliyo, with the collaboration of Diego Bianchi and Ines Dahn. The artists participating in LEA 2012 are: Nicanor Araoz, Ernesto Ballesteros, Julian D’Angiolillo, Irina Kirchuk, Valentina Liernur, Lucrecia Lionti, Adriana Minoliti, Dudu Quintanilha, Luis Teran.
Walking South by Franz Ackermann is on display is the Molinos Room, while the LEA: Artistic Experimentation Laboratory is being housed in the center’s Cathedral Room.