June 2022  


We come to your screens on a monthly basis -except in February, when we take a short break- and our mission is to place our gaze on some relevant points of the present, history and even the future. For this we resort to the collaboration of prestigious specialists; this time, Astrid Maulhardt, Sonia Decker, Irina Podgorny, Abel Alexander, Jorge Marí and Carlos Abel Tellechea. Arts, letters and trades are thus manifested when analyzed from different perspectives and without avoiding the crossroads that are presented to us as a society.

Right now we want to stop at a scourge that shakes humanity: the enormous number of displaced people that are crowded in different parts of the planet. If we brought them together in the same geographical space -another outrage, the hypothesis only serves to measure the disaster- a nation of more than one hundred million inhabitants could be formed; more than 1 percent of the world's population, and would be the fourteenth most populous country on the planet. Do you realize the magnitude of the problem?

They flee from wars, tribal conflicts, droughts and other climatic disasters, and their horizon is bleak. Gathered in precarious camps -many of them raised by international organizations- they suffer the most adverse conditions on a daily basis; food shortages, temperatures above 50°C, torrential rains, interruption of schooling, no nearby drinking water sources and no sanitation facilities... They barely survive with the support of international organizations that cry out for help every time. scarcer. The head of UNHCR, the United Nations Agency for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, warns that, although "The international response to people fleeing the war in Ukraine has been incredibly positive", that current of solidarity needs to be extended " in favor of all the crises in the world.” And with his vast experience, he recognizes that “humanitarian assistance is not a cure, but rather a palliative for these situations. Reversing the current trend depends solely on peace and stability so that no innocent person has to choose between living in danger or embarking on a dangerous flight into exile.”

Is it possible to dream of a better world? Of course. And we can all contribute to it; Adding grains of sand dunes rise... Do not hesitate.

To collaborate with UNHCR, in Geneva: Matthew Saltmarsh, [email protected] +41 79 967 99 36.

Roberto Vega Andersen


"Le Violon d'Ingres"

By Sonia Decker

On May 14, 2022, Christie's in New York auctioned off this iconic piece as part of Christie's Spring Marquee Week, which was acquired by an anonymous buyer for the sum of $12,412,500. The selling house estimated that they could raise between 5/7,000,000 dollars, but the work far exceeded the figure thought.

What happened to this specimen for it to reach the record for a photograph? Sonia Decker, an expert in the art market, gives us her reflections.


A sea lion skin bag

By Irina Podgorny (*)

"On the 14th of last afternoon - announced the Diario de Madrid of 1792 - at one of the doors to enter the stalls of the Plaza de los Toros, a bag for tobacco, made of a sea lion, with an embroidered lining, was lost. of silver, and several papers inside, and among them some receipts and an account, all of consideration; whoever found it will deliver it to the Hon. Mrs. Widowed Countess of Puñonrostro, who lives on the wide street of S. Bernardo next to El Salvador.”

Five years earlier, but on Calle de Atocha, Joseph Aguerre, (...).


The tapestry of the Adoration of the Magi in Buenos Aires

By Astrid Maulhardt *

It was around 1819 when the church of San Juan Bautista, in Buenos Aires, received the donation of this remarkable tapestry. According to tradition, the donor was a prominent member of the Buenos Aires clergy, who had bought it at a public auction, obtained from a Spanish frigate by an insurgent corsair. In those years it was common to display war trophies in churches.

The work, inspired by the painting by Rubens, is part of a series of twenty-nine tapestries woven in Brussels between 1699 and 1702. Follow Astrid Maulhardt's account and discover its history and where it is today.


The katana and one of its great teachers, Ōsumi Toshihira.

By Roberto Vega *

Among the most famous sabers in the world, the katana has a place of privilege. Conceived around the 8th century AD. C., originally it was straight and with a single edge, but already in the middle of 1100 it is known that it reached its current identity, with a barely curved and double-edged blade.

In the history of Japan, katanas fulfilled their noble function wielded by samurai warriors. Over the centuries, the most experienced forgers coined knowledge to achieve a type of steel that made the katana a fearsome weapon due to the resistance and sharpness of its blade. In that rich history, masters have stood out who today are part of its (...).


La Comedia: espejo de la vida. Un recorrido por los viejos teatros de la ciudad de Buenos Aires.

Teresa Fuster. Editorial Antigua. Buenos Aires. 2022.

Quarto (23 x 15.8 cm), 152 pp. Paperback publisher binding.

The bond between our city and the theater is profound, to the point where this passionate relationship ends, with Buenos Aires on the podium of the world's cities with the most theaters. The researcher Teresa Fuster intends to briefly unfold the history of this artistic genre in the city by describing the most important theaters that have ennobled it over a period of just over two centuries.


Academia Nacional de Medicina. Bicentenario 1822 - 2022.


Manuel Luis Martí. 

Prosa Amerian Editores. Buenos Aires. 2022.

Quarto (24 x 17.2 cm), 342 pp. Paperback publisher binding.

The work thoroughly analyzes the history of the institution, its seats, illustrious academics, honorary and corresponding members, and the biographies of the full and emeritus members.

In addition, it provides a historical essay on the evolution of medicine over these two hundred years (...).


Alejandro Eduardo Fadone, we will continue talking, don't hesitate.

By Jorge Marí *

Last June 2, checking if there were messages to answer on Facebook, I found the text of someone who gave the final farewell to Alejandro Eduardo Fadone. He dumbfounded me. I could not believe it. I searched if someone else was announcing Alejandro's last trip, but no, I didn't find any other messages at that time.

How is he going to die?! If he was full of dreams and projects; if he was in love with Chascomús, where he lived, in his small homeland by adoption. Finally, it was true. Surprising for me, because I did not have frequent contact with him, although we knew each other... and we had a pending discussion.

The expert in traditional fabrics Jorge Marí brings us his tribute to this tireless researcher.


First Conference on the History of Photography in Argentina. Reflections on a new historical discipline thirty years away.

By Abel Alexander *

On May 21, a group of photographic researchers slowly entered the beautiful building of the Medical Circle of Vicente López (CMVL). The emotion that overwhelmed the majority was perceived, especially the white-headed veterans -authors and listeners- who had starred in that same building, nothing less than the 1st Congress of the History of Photography in Argentina.

Thus, the 30th anniversary of those historic days was commemorated, which occurred on May 23 and 24, 1992 when, summoned by a longed-for and uncertain common dream, the brand-new Argentine photographic researchers met -a presence enriched with the participation of three specialists Latin Americans - eager to share knowledge and experiences.


A museum to assemble. Management and transformation of the Peyrano Communal Museum.

By Carlos Abel Tellechea *

The trajectory of this communal museum in the town of Peyrano, in the south of the province of Santa Fe, aroused in us the desire to share its achievements as an inspiration for other Latin American museum institutions. But we wanted to go beyond a communication aimed at peers, and we included this article in our Cultural Walks Guide with the aim of motivating new visits.

Knowing these spaces allows us to approach those local experiences that transcend time and geography. Virtues of well-managed institutions, their achievements overcome the most severe obstacles and are installed as beacons of identity.

Let the testimonial account of its director of Heritage guide us on this walk.


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