22 de septiembre de 2019
ÚLTIMAS NOTICIAS:
Hispanic World

Buenos Aires street museum once again shines with original intensity

By Carmen Herranz

By Carmen Herranz

Buenos Aires, Aug 22 (efe-epa).- The striking colors of the emblematic "Caminito" street museum in Buenos Aires are once again dazzling visitors thanks to the restoration of the murals and sculptures that served as the inspiration for Juan de Dios Filiberto, Carlos Gardel and many other lovers of the tango.

Red, yellow, green and blue are the colors of the typical houses and structures along the Caminito, a 100-meter (yards) stretch of which has drawn painters, singers, tango dancers and many thousands of tourists and is one of the most-visited places in the Argentine capital.

The iconic street was immortalized in 1926 in the highly popular and still well-recognized tango number "Caminito," written by Filiberto and sung by Gardel.

In October, it will be 60 years since the Caminito was named a "street museum," and those tasked with its renovation want "the area to be completely restored" by that date, the secretary of the Proa Foundation's board of directors, Elizabeth Torres, told EFE.

Her organization is the driving force behind the renovation, which is giving the Caminito the visual vitality already achieved by nearby streets in 2017 after a push by the Buenos Aires city government.

Now, a new coat of paint is brightening up the corner where Del Valle Iberlucea and Don Pedro de Mendoza streets intersect, where most of the visitors to the area start their tour.

In addition, the street's colorful murals are being treated and the project includes reconditioning the bases of the sculptures and monuments in the Open Air Museum created by Argentine painter Benito Quinquela Martin.

Luis Perlotti and Julio Cesar Vergottini are just a couple of the sculptors whose pieces have been restored.

Although various organizations have been involved in the project, Torres said that without the local residents in the La Boca neighborhood, reconditioning the zone would be much more complicated.

Proa Foundation representatives say that all the residents and artists in the neighborhood "at some point feel involved in some activity that's under way" there.

To carry out the work within the scheduled time frame, Torres said that the plan for the project was coordinated among the neighborhood organizations and the city government.

After this project, one hopes that the restoration of the area will be maintained, and Torres added that "probably" the various organizations will look into creating an education program on the importance of the Caminito's heritage.

However, she said that "the policies have to come a little bit from the state."

"We private organizations can collaborate, bring our desires closer together and study possibilities such as how this can happen," she said.

The entity requested the restoration as a joint project with the Benito Quinquela Martin Museum with the support of American Express via the Resources Foundation.

"We consider the Caminito to be an extension of the Quinquela Martin Museum. Caminito is one more artwork of the Quinquela," said Victor Fernandez, the director of the museum created by the emblematic La Boca artist.

Quinquela Martin (1890-1977), well-known for his paintings of Buenos Aires, was one of those responsible for giving the Caminito its distinctive look, and that is why "the museum is always involved in anything having to do with adding value to the street," Fernandez said.

"There's a point at which Quinquela's work comes off the canvas and begins to overflow into the neighborhood with the tools that he made his own," the museum director said, adding that the painter worked with the characteristic colors in the district.

Fernandez said that "bringing out the (colors of the) Caminito is highlighting something, as Quinquela saw it, that is a very important part of Argentine cultural identify."

"On the artistic level, the names that it has produced in the history of La Boca are fabulous and are a feature that gives the neighborhood its special characteristics," Torres said.

Histórico de noticias
Thousands march in New York to demand action on climate change

By Jorge Fuentelsaz

Jason Moran and his ode to jazz arrive at New York's Whitney Museum

New York, Sep 17 (efe-epa).- Jason Moran, considered to be one of the most innovative jazz musicians in the United States, has created an ode to that...

Greta Thunberg, activists urge Congress to act on climate change

Washington, Sep 17 (efe-epa).- Sixteen-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, along with a group of indigenous leaders, on Tuesday demanded...

Nicaragua zoo welcomes scarlet macaw born in captivity

Managua, Sep 16 (efe-epa).- Nicaragua's National Zoo has welcomed a baby scarlet macaw, a species in danger of extinction, born in captivity at the zoo for...

Baseball legend Mariano Rivera receives Medal of Freedom from Trump

Washington, Sep 16 (efe-epa).- Panama-born baseball legend Mariano Rivera, the former New York Yankees pitcher, on Monday received the Presidential Medal of...

New York hairdressers look after Latino community's mental health

By Ruth E. Hernandez Beltran

Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy as per settlement

New York, Sep 16 (efe-epa).- Pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of the highly addictive opioid OxyContin, has filed for bankruptcy in the...

Vaping: Roulette of chemical ingredients that can cause cancer

Washington, Sep 16 (efe-epa).- Electronic cigarettes contain a chemical flavoring compound that can cause cancer and that has been prohibited as an additive...

Hurricane Humberto intensifies, threatens US coast with strong waves

Miami, Sep 16 (EFE).- Hurricane Humberto continues intensifying in the Atlantic on Monday and threatens to pound the southeast coast of the United States...

Honduran president asks CentAm to work together to overcome common enemies

Tegucigalpa, Sep 15 (efe-epa).- Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez on Sunday urged Central Americans to unite to face "common enemies," including...

Venezuelans in forefront of new delivery operations in Ecuador

By Daniela Brik

Maradona makes stumbling debut as Gimnasia coach

Buenos Aires, Sep 14 (efe-epa).- Diego Maradona had a bitter first outing as the new coach for Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, falling to Racing Club 2-1...

Argentina's gov't to present new budget amid economic woes

Buenos Aires, Sep 15 (EFE).- Finance Minister Hernan Lacunza will present the proposed 2020 budget to the Argentine Congress this week, a budget that will...

UN proposes better education, security to protect religious sites

By Mario Villar

Bolivian indigenous people try to recover in aftermath of Amazon fires

By Gabriel Romano

Celebrities turn out to help Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian

San Juan, Sep 12 (efe-epa).- Almost half of the 2,500 people listed as missing after Hurricane Dorian devastated the northwestern Bahamas have been tracked...

Migrant advocate says Mexican gov't hindered by political realities

By Juan Manuel Ramirez G.

Bahamas officials estimate 2,500 missing after Hurricane Dorian

San Juan, Sep 11 (efe-epa).- Bahamas emergency authorities estimate that some 2,500 people are missing after the devastating passage of Hurricane Dorian...

Trump doesn't rule out easing Iran sanctions to pave way for Rouhani summit

Washington, Sep 11 (efe-epa).- President Donald Trump on Wednesday did not rule out relaxing US sanctions on Iran in the coming weeks, amid rumors that he...

Mexico's gov't pumps $5 bn in capital into Pemex

Mexico City, Sep 11 (efe-epa).- The federal government said Wednesday that it was pumping $5 billion in capital into Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), bolstering...

Trump rips Fed, urges rate cuts and zero interest rates

Washington, Sep 11 (efe-epa).- President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on Federal Reserve policy makers on Wednesday, calling them "Boneheads" and urging...

Trump threatens Taliban on anniversary of 9/11

Washington, Sep 11 (efe-epa).- President Donald Trump on Wednesday - the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks - promised to escalate combat...

Apple opts for classic look with new iPhones, focuses on camera improvements

By Marc Arcas

TV series "Monarca" shows Mexico that doesn't ride burros or wear sombreros

Mexico City, Sep 10 (efe-epa).- The television series "Monarca," which will air on Netflix on Sept. 13, depicts a Mexico that is "current, that doesn't ride...