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    South by South America Tour – Argentina Part 16

    Wednesday, August 14, 2019
    Mendoza, Argentina

    The gorgeous tree-lined streets of Mendoza, Argentina.
    The gorgeous tree-lined streets of Mendoza, Argentina.

    Graffiti and torn flyers in Mendoza, Argentina.
    Graffiti and torn flyers in Mendoza, Argentina.

    The eyes have it in Mendoza, Argentina.
    The eyes have it in Mendoza, Argentina.

    A torn flyer in Mendoza, Argentina.
    A torn flyer in Mendoza, Argentina.

    The Carlos Alonso Museum in the Stoppel Mansion in Mendoza, Argentina.
    The Carlos Alonso Museum in the Stoppel Mansion in Mendoza, Argentina.

    The upstairs interior of the Carlos Alonso Museum in the Stoppel Mansion in Mendoza, Argentina.
    The upstairs interior of the Carlos Alonso Museum in the Stoppel Mansion in Mendoza, Argentina.

    Slave by Mauricio Poblete at the Carlos Alonso Museum in the Stoppel Mansion in Mendoza, Argentina.
    Slave by Mauricio Poblete at the Carlos Alonso Museum in the Stoppel Mansion in Mendoza, Argentina.

    My main mission today was to visit the Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno which is partially submerged under the Plaza Indepencia, the main square in Mendoza. Much to my chagrin, the whole center of the plaza, including the museum, was under major reconstruction. So, since it was already after 4:00 pm, I decided to just walk around and shoot photos of street art and anything else that caught my eye. I chanced upon a tourist info booth, where a nice lady told me about another small museum called the Carlos Alonso Museum, which is situated inside a mansion about seven blocks west. So, I schlepped over there and was pleased as punch that the entry fee was the totally reasonable price of FREE. The bummer was only one room out of several in the mansion was open; the others were closed to change out an exhibit.

    Slave by Mauricio Poblete at the Carlos Alonso Museum in the Stoppel Mansion in Mendoza, Argentina.
    Slave by Mauricio Poblete at the Carlos Alonso Museum in the Stoppel Mansion in Mendoza, Argentina.

    Slave by Mauricio Poblete at the Carlos Alonso Museum in the Stoppel Mansion in Mendoza, Argentina.
    Slave by Mauricio Poblete at the Carlos Alonso Museum in the Stoppel Mansion in Mendoza, Argentina.

    Slave by Mauricio Poblete at the Carlos Alonso Museum in the Stoppel Mansion in Mendoza, Argentina.
    Slave by Mauricio Poblete at the Carlos Alonso Museum in the Stoppel Mansion in Mendoza, Argentina.

    Slave by Mauricio Poblete at the Carlos Alonso Museum in the Stoppel Mansion in Mendoza, Argentina.
    Slave by Mauricio Poblete at the Carlos Alonso Museum in the Stoppel Mansion in Mendoza, Argentina.

    Slave by Mauricio Poblete at the Carlos Alonso Museum in the Stoppel Mansion in Mendoza, Argentina.
    Slave by Mauricio Poblete at the Carlos Alonso Museum in the Stoppel Mansion in Mendoza, Argentina.

    Graffiti and torn flyers in Mendoza, Argentina.
    Graffiti and torn flyers in Mendoza, Argentina.

    The gorgeous tree-lined streets of Mendoza, Argentina.
    The gorgeous tree-lined streets of Mendoza, Argentina.

    Not to worry, though, as a lady who worked there told me there was another small modern art museum out back. So, after taking a photo of an elegant table in a stately empty room upstairs, I urinated in the cleanest little bathroom this side of the Atlantic Ocean, then headed back there. Inside was an exhibit taking up two rooms on as many floors called Slave by Mauricio Poblete. The ground floor gallery held several sculptures that looked like they were made out of bread that was all twisted up into various anthropomorphic and phallic shapes. Upstairs in the other gallery hung a small collection of strange paintings that brought to mind the work of Picasso and the surrealists. One thing that struck me about the building is that the hallways and stairwell took up way more space than the actual exhibition rooms, which seemed ridiculously ass backward.

    Words and photos ©2019 Arcane Candy.

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