On Friday, November 17, students of the Spanish Program for Chinese made a beautiful and educational visit to two unmissable places in the Buenos Aires’s neighborhood of Recoleta: The United Nations Plaza and the National Museum of Fine Arts.
At CUI we believe that to learn Spanish in Buenos Aires is much more than learning a language, it is absorbing the local culture and expanding your understanding of the language. That is why CUI Spanish programs include cultural activities outside the classroom that are specially selected and planned according to the interests and levels of Spanish of the students.
In this occasion, the places visited are part of an essential tour to do in Buenos Aires when the first days of sun and heat spring in November.
In the first green space the students got to know the sculpture Floralis Generica. It was inaugurated on April 13, 2002, in the center of a park of four hectares, surrounded by paths that approach and move away offering different perspectives of the monument. It is made of stainless steel and reinforced concrete, has 6 petals that look at the sky and is located on a mirror of water that fulfills an aesthetic and protective function. It weighs eighteen tons and is 23 meters high.
One of the outstanding features of the flower is its electric system that automatically opens and closes the petals according to the time of day. During the night the flower closes and shows a red glow from within, to be reborn open on the morning of the next day. This same mechanism closes the flower if there are strong winds. It opens every morning at 8 and closes at sunset, in a schedule that changes according to the season of the year. According to its author, the architect Eduardo Catalano, Floralis means that it belongs to the flora and therefore to flowers, and Generica derives from the concept “gender” and thus indicates that it represents all the flowers of the world.
Then, from 11 am until noon, the students toured the National Museum of Fine Arts (MNBA). This museum of Argentine and foreign art also has a headquarters in the city of Neuquén. It has the greatest artistic heritage in the country and is one of the most important in Latin America. It was created in 1896 by a decree of President José Evaristo Uriburu and emerged from its foundation as an eclectic museum whose collection grew from the first acquisitions and donations. With the teachers Silvia, Andrea and Lucy they enjoyed works from all over the world and could even explain about some pieces of Chinese art that the museum has and that some students knew their styles. It was undoubtedly a morning of many lessons about the city, sculpture, painting and modern arts, in which it was possible to appreciate the cosmopolitan character of the city of Buenos Aires with all the green and cultural spaces that it offers free to enjoy and to learn.