Buenos Aires


Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415

Phone: 0054 11 4808 6500
Fax: 0054 11 4808 6598
Website: www.malba.org.ar

Museo De Arte Latinoamericano De Buenos Aires (Malba)

Our mission at Malba – Fundación Costantini / Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires - is to collect, conserve, study and disseminate Latin American art, dating from the early 20th century to the present day.

Malba, Argentina’s leading modern art museum, is a project headed by the Eduardo F. Costantini Foundation. The foundation was established in 1995 to run cultural, educational and development projects. It is a private, non-profit organisation which decided to create Malba -Costantini Collection/Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires – in 1997. Three key events made Malba possible: the donation of the Costantini Collection, previously the property of Eduardo F. Costantini; the acquisition of a tract of land strategically located within the city’s museum circuit; and the construction of the museum itself.

From 2003, the foundation began to consolidate itself as an institution, opening its doors to new members within its governing bodies, and forming an International Advisory Committee, currently comprised of members from Brazil, Mexico, Europe and the United States.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (1)

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Permanent Collection

Malba’s permanent collection focuses on art produced in Latin America during the 20th century and is made up of a group of over two hundred and seventy works by Argentinean and Latin American artists. It is an institutional collection that is the patrimony of the Eduardo F. Costantini Foundation. Most of its works were donated by Malba’s founder, issuing from the collection he brought together largely during the eighties and nineties. During the museum’s years of public operation, its patrimony has grown thanks to its acquisitions programme and to the generous donations received from artists as well as artists’ family members and individual donors.

Initially revolving around Modern and avant-garde movements of the Río de la Plata area, particularly during the ‘10s and ‘20s, the Costantini collection has in the past decade established itself as one of the main players on the international stage, bringing together one of the world’s most significant ensembles of 20th century Latin American art. Artists and works from countries such as Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador, Cuba, Colombia, Venezuela and Chile have made their way into the collection, which has become increasingly active in Europe and in the United States in terms of its institutional loans policy.

Since opening its doors to the public, the permanent exhibition of its patrimony has remained one of Malba - Costantini Collection’s main institutional objectives. Most of its Latin American art collection can always be found on display in the museum’s central rooms, presenting visitor and viewer with different approaches and new readings of the region’s art history, from the first...+ [ Read all ]


The temporary exhibitions that the museum presents each season seek to bring Latin American and international artists and works closer to the community, complementing the permanent collection’s communicational and educational role.

Every season combines exhibitions of Argentinean art, Latin American and international art, Modern and Contemporary art, encompassing the different techniques, materials and supports elaborated by the visual arts since the beginning of the 20th century. These include exhibitions produced solely by Malba, those co-produced with other institutions, or itinerant shows. The museum works with local and international curators, participating in the discussion of every project in order to ensure the best possible results down to the final detail. Six exhibitions are held yearly, each accompanied by a catalogue and a didactic brochure that is distributed free of charge. Chiefly from 2003 Malba has been keen to explore and move into the area of publications, to help produce and circulate ideas and debate from and about art, especially that of Argentina and the surrounding region.

Apart from running temporary shows and permanently exhibiting its Latin American art collection, since July 2002 Malba has run a programme to stimulate contemporary art by offering support and displaying the work of artists currently active in the region. The programme consists of four shows a year, is financed by the museum, and includes a budget specifically for the production of works.
Contemporáneo revolves around commissioning invited curators who specialise in today’s artistic production and are familiar with the Latin American visual ar...+ [ Read all ]

Previous Exhibitions

Los usos de la imagen: fotografía, film y video en La Colección Jumex
September 29th to November 22nd 2004

Víctor Grippo. Una retrospectiva. Obras 1971 – 2001
June 24th to September 6th 2004

Glauber Rocha: del hambre al sueño. Obra, política y pensamiento
April 17th to May 25th 2004

Soñando con los ojos abiertos. Dada y surrealismo en la colección de Vera y Arturo Schwarz
March 12th to May 17th 2004

Jorge de la Vega. Obras 1961-1971
November 14th 2003 to February 3rd 2004

Guillermo Kuitca. Obras 1982-2002
June 5th to August 18th 2003

Geo-metrías. Abstracción geométrica latinoamericana en la colección Cisneros. March 14th to May 19th 2003

Artistas modernos rioplatenses en Europa 1911/1924. La experiencia de la vanguardia
October 17th 2002 to January 27th 2003

Lasar Segall, un expresionista brasileño
July 11th to September 15th 2002


General entrance fee: US$1.10,
Free: every Wednesday to general public and every day for students, retirees and children under twelve years of age.

Opening hours

Mondays, Thursdays and Friday 12:00 to 20:00
Wednesdays 12:00 to 21:00
Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 to 20:00

Getting there

Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415
Buenos Aires

Tel: (+54) 11 4808 6500
Fax: (+54) 11 4808 6598
Email: info@malba.org.ar

Museum internal and external photos (3)

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To who does Malba’s patrimony - the building and the Costantini Collection - belong?
The Costantini Collection and the museum building are the patrimony of the Eduardo F. Costantini Foundation. According to the Law of Foundations, the building and the works of art in the collection belong neither to the founder nor to his family, but to Administrative Board members working on an ad honorem basis who may not receive money from the Foundation. Neither is it permitted for the founders or any other member of the organisation, from any category, to assign themselves or acquire rights to its patrimony. This remains the property of the foundation as a body, and not that of each associate individually, nor of a particular group of associates.

What happens when a person, institution or public organisation donates money or assets to Malba?
Any donation made to Malba is a donation to the Eduardo F. Costantini Foundation. The Foundation’s patrimony is regulated in Argentina by the Law of Foundations, which makes donated money or assets the Foundation’s exclusive property.


The Educational and Cultural Activities area is an essential tool to help to bring the museum closer to the public as a space that is open to the community. Malba seeks to acquaint the public with different aspects of art history, promote a dialogue between works and the public and to broaden recognition of our region’s cultural diversity. Its educational programmes present special activities for children, adolescents, adults and seniors, and they are designed according to the issues and themes present in each exhibition.

During school vacation periods, Malba offers these activities to school cafeteria programmes, community support centres, and institutions lacking in resources, providing them with free transportation and a shared box lunch.


Las familias en Malba (Families in Malba) is a programme specifically designed for children and their families so that they can enjoy and learn about Latin American art together.


Children are a priority for the museum. This is why Malba has had a Programa para niños (Children’s Programme) from the start, based on the belief that education and art lead to new forms of thought, freeing imagination and creativity. There are two programmes currently in operation: one aimed at schools, and another directed toward families. The Visitas participativas para escuelas (Participative School Visits) programme is free for public schools and offers a variety of thematic tours through the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, followed by a studio activity. There is also a film programme available for schools, called Matiné en Malba: cine para chicos (Matinee in Malba: films for children) the purpose of which is to bring this medium’s history closer to the very young.


Among Malba’s programmes for adults, the museum offers daily guided tours, to temporary exhibits as well as to the permanent collection, in addition to special tours by private groups, on request.

Other exhibition-related activities for adults include Encuentros cara a cara (Face to Face Encounters) and Encuentros de debate (Encounters for Debate). The former brings together specialists and the public before works in the exhibitions, for an in-depth analysis of the issues and themes surrounding each show. Since it began, Malba has held more than seventy-five such encounters, with curators among the participants. In the Encuentros de debate, artists and curators from the contemporary art programme meet to talk with the public.

Courses, conferences, round table discussions and special events are also held, completing the panorama of available activities for adults organised around each exhibition. Courses have been run by such prestigious local cultural figures as Andrea Giunta, Graciela Speranza, María José Herrera, María Teresa Constantín, Clara Kriger, Miguel Ángel Muñoz, Hugo Petruschansky, Diana Wechsler, Sergio Pujol, Julio Sánchez, Rodrigo Alonso, Mercedes Casanegra and Laura Batkis, to name a few.

Finally, the Programa para adultos mayores (Program for Older Adults) has just been set up to bring Malba’s installations and the heritage of the Costantini Fundation closer to a sector of society that has limited resources and lacks the opportunity for regular visits to the museum. Our goal is to share the classic works of Latin American culture with this sector of society, simultaneously enriching our task with their testimo...+ [ Read all ]


The Association Friends of Malba is a civil non-profit organisation set up in 2001 by a group of young people wishing to help Malba strengthen and develop. Its mission is to actively collaborate with the museum in conserving, disseminating and expanding its collection. To this end, it seeks to increase the number of associated friends, broaden the scope of cultural programs, to contribute economically and to support the collection's expansion.

Membership Privileges
There are several categories of membership, with corresponding benefits, that range from free admittance to the museum, to discounts in the café, store, on courses and film tickets.

To date, a.malba has more than 1,300 members.

a.malba works alongside the museum’s annual cultural agenda, through encounters with specialists in the exhibition halls, courses, seminars, special guided tours for members, cultural and social events, guided tours to galleries and artists’ studios, children’s events and joint activities with other civil organisations.