Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo

Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo

Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo
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12:30 PM - 7:00 PM
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This grand mansion, a neoclassical masterpiece, has a fascinating collection of period furnishings, silver, sculptures, paintings and Zubov miniatures from Russia.
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Neighborhood: Palermo
Best known as the largest neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Palermo is divided into different quarters, each with its own unique identity. The high-end quarter is Palermo Chico, characterized by magnificent mansions, regal avenues, and exclusive apartment buildings, and home to the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA), a favorite amongst locals. The largest park in the city, the Bosques de Palermo, is Palermo's most famous landmark and a popular destination for nature walks, picnics, rollerblading, and cycling. The scene becomes much trendier in Palermo Soho, a hip area known for its cool cafés and unique design stores, filled with shoppers on weekends; and Palermo Hollywood, renowned for the numerous restaurants, bars and nightclubs, which make it the preferred spot for nights out and special occasions.
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  • mkd_travelmania
    New York City, New York1,511 contributions
    Must see gorgeous small museum
    Beautiful small museum. We loved visiting there. It is free! It is really special: gets you thinking of the grandeur of a bygone era and the wealth of this particular family which once owned the house. they have a beautiful room which makes you feel as if you are back in a mini Versailles. A gorgeous gigantic dining room, and multiple treasures peppered through its vast collection. Must see.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 26, 2023
  • doreen b
    5 contributions
    Missed out
    Unfortunately, the museum itself was closed for a production the day we went. We were told it would be open to visit the following day. I did check out the lovely restaurant there, however. The menu was really enticing, however, my companions wanted to wait till later for a meal.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 9, 2023
  • 2_out_of_3
    Coral Gables, Florida61 contributions
    Not to be missed.
    Beautiful palace in one of Buenos Aires's best neighborhoods, lavishly furnished and with an interesting story. The café is a great place to take a break, as are the gardens. Vera was our guide and the highlight of our visit! So knowledgeable and engaging!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 30, 2023
  • Mechi
    2 contributions
    Interesante y atractivo
    Un espacio increíble para dejar volar la imaginación y deleitarse con la gran variedad de exposiciones que hay. Buenísimo plan para pasar el día observando y opinando sobre las distintas obras, que son una maravilla. Al principio, creí que sería un lugar más grande, pero tiene lo suficiente como para entretenerse demasiado. La comida de la cafetería, exquisita.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 2, 2024
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JPatti1
Chicago, IL207 contributions
Dec 2019
While the displays here are full of interesting items, it is the house itself that is the most interesting. Built 100 years ago by a wealthy Chilean, the home was clearly built to impress friends and neighbors, with a main/dining hall that looks to have been lifted right out of some royal palace in Spain (and apparently some of the decoration was).

The displays themselves are also of merit, including a very interesting set of miniatures and paintings of the Russian royal family. The collection is eclectic as it is basically a set of personal collections complemented by bolt-ons here and there provided by other collectors, which leads to some good depth in a few areas.

To be clear, the "decorative arts" reference in the museum's name is perhaps too broad. Rather this is a museum that showcases one fabulously wealthy family's design style and taste in the arts as supplemented by a few other items.

Definitely worth an hour.
Written January 6, 2020
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sandy c
Copenhagen, Denmark653 contributions
Oct 2019
I may not be an interior design or mansion enthusiast, But I found this palace both opulent and refined. Certainly interesting to see how the upper crust could adorn a residence with such exuberance and taste, more quality than quantity. The artworks within were well curated, and work well with the architecture of the building. There were some contemporary installations during my visit as well. This is not a museum jam-packed with relics, but a nice place to enjoy at a relaxing pace.
Written March 9, 2020
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bzcenci2016
Vienna, Austria36 contributions
Jan 2023
It is a beautiful building that use to be the residence of the Alvear Errázuriz family, the palace is very interesting, pure Classic French Style with a great Hall In the middle that reminds of the middle ages, and a collection of porcelains and pictures that belonged to the primitive owners. There are highly recomendable temporare exhibitions and yo may have a Snack at the Portier Loge. The date is theoretical, I have been very often in the Museum.
Written January 29, 2023
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alplan
Vancouver, Canada144 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
Wonderful architecture and free entry so go and wander about the halls. The wooden roof of the inner hall is a gem to look at. Lots of art and pottery, spend an hour here then have a drink at the little outdoor cafe in the courtyard..
Written February 21, 2020
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doreen b
5 contributions
Dec 2023 • Friends
Unfortunately, the museum itself was closed for a production the day we went. We were told it would be open to visit the following day.
I did check out the lovely restaurant there, however. The menu was really enticing, however, my companions wanted to wait till later for a meal.
Written December 9, 2023
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CHD6265
Odiham, UK399 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Such a lovely staff member greeted us on arrival, offered us a key to a free locker and free entrance (normal and not a special favour!). Such a treat not to get hit with tourist rates , tax and so on. And what a lovely way to spend an hour. The Chinese influenced ornaments was a little curious and did not seem to tie back to the original owners.

Some of the signage and descriptions (but not all) were English which was also a treat.

The little cafe isn’t he courtyard was cute but staff were slow and a little surly. Prices were higher than average for the area but setting lovely.

Well worth a visit
Written February 14, 2020
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LaOsa_life
Munich, Germany418 contributions
Dec 2019
I loved this place not so much for the insights about a rich family in old times but for the exhibition on ground floor. Students show there their work and this has really character and good quality. Also there is a nice cafe to sit and rest.
Written January 5, 2020
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mkd_travelmania
New York City, NY1,511 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Beautiful small museum. We loved visiting there. It is free! It is really special: gets you thinking of the grandeur of a bygone era and the wealth of this particular family which once owned the house. they have a beautiful room which makes you feel as if you are back in a mini Versailles. A gorgeous gigantic dining room, and multiple treasures peppered through its vast collection. Must see.
Written March 26, 2023
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2_out_of_3
Coral Gables, FL61 contributions
Dec 2023 • Friends
Beautiful palace in one of Buenos Aires's best neighborhoods, lavishly furnished and with an interesting story. The café is a great place to take a break, as are the gardens. Vera was our guide and the highlight of our visit! So knowledgeable and engaging!
Written December 30, 2023
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Vincent M
New Orleans, LA2,213 contributions
Feb 2020
Ever wonder what it would be like to be an billionaire? Find out. This museum is a time capsule of a 1920s aristocratic grand mansion. “1920s” is misleading, though: the rooms really reflect the royal styles of 250 to 500 years ago.

The palacio Errázuriz was commissioned by Matías and Josefina Errázruriz. Josefina, née de Alvear, was the great-granddaughter of Diego de Alvear y Ponce de León, who commanded the artillery in the defence of Cadiz against Napoleon’s French; and the granddaughter of Carlos María de Alvear, the Supreme Dictator of the United Provinces of the Rio de la Plata. Torcuate de Alvear was the dynamic mayor of Buenos Aires who helped transform the city into the Paris of South America in the 1880s. In the 1920s, when the balls in the palacio Errázruriz were at their grandest, another relative, Marcelo T. de Alvear, was the President of Argentina. Matías Errázruriz was a distinguished diplomat himself, and the couple collected artistic works during his career. In 1911, they commissioned this mansion, designed by a French architect (probably with a great deal of “no, this is what we want for the dining hall” and that sort of thing). It took 5 years to finish, and another 2 years to fill it up with the best art and antiques available on the European market (probably an incredible buyer’s market in 1917-18). After his wife’s death, Matías Errázruriz bequeathed the house to the nation, and it opened as a museum in 1937. So what you’ll walk into, is the palacio of one of the most prominent, aristocratic, and cultured families in the Americas, exactly as it was a century ago.

By the time you pass through the elegant 5-metre-high wrought iron gateway, walk down the sett-paved drive, and get your first glance at the mansion’s massive Beaux-Arts exterior and carriageway, you’ll already be impressed (see Entrance photo; if you continue down Av. del Libertador to the mansion’s Neoclassical facade: its triangular tympanum above the four Corinthian columns is carved in very, very high relief! Puts the cathedral’s low relief tympanum to shame.)

From the museum entrance, a flight of carpeted stairs in the vestibule leads up to a landing, providing a hint of how your visit will go: the vestibule has graceful statues along the stairway, an elegant Louis XVI ceiling with cartouches and putti, and the landing at the top has more square footage than many a high-rise condo unit in California. (Stairway, Vestibule Ceiling, and Landing photos). They used reconstituted stone, meaning you grind marble or quartz into dust and then glue the stone dust into whatever shape and size you like, a far faster and more foolproof method than hiring a sculptor to spend 10 years chiselling away at a ceiling-sized solid slab of Carrera marble.

Some rooms you can peer into, but not walk through: for example Matías’s study (tagged as Louix XVI, though other than the fireplace, nothing seemed to be particularly ancien regime). You can wander round most rooms to your heart’s content. These include a “fumoir,” a species of room I’d never heard of before. If it’s a frosty July day with a half-gale blowing in from the sea, madame’s guests could enjoy live potted plants in the room and the delicate fragrances of roses and lilacs wafting up from four different censors. Close you eyes and it’s almost like being out in the garden in the merry month of December (Louis XVI Study and Louis XVI Fumoir photos).

Other rooms are comparable to those found in royal palaces: for example, their Regency ballroom. If you’re a Brit, Yank, or Aussie, you’d assume this meant the British regency period at the start of the 19th century, when old George III was crazier than a bedbug. But it actually refers to a French regency a hundred years earlier, when young Louis XV was knee-high to a grasshopper. The ballroom’s spectacular panelling is a recreation of that in the music room of “Prince Rohan Soubise.” I suspect they mean Jules de Rohan, Prince of Soubise, and captain of the Royal Guards; but another possibility is his son, a marshal of France and friend of Louis XV. Whoever’s panelling it was, this long ballroom is extraordinarily elegant, though a bit narrow: no problem if the guests are doing a stately minuet, but in the 1920s they’d have been dancing energetic waltzes with whisk and chassé, or even tangos and the Charleston! Naturally the Errázrurizes wouldn’t stoop to a bourgeois Steinway for this ballroom: note the mint-condition 18th century harpsichord (Ballroom 1, Ballroom 2, and Harpsichord photos).

The Dining Hall has a row of crystal chandeliers, 6-metre tall walls of exquisitely carved grey and rose marble; and huge murals of packs of hunting dogs bringing down stags and boars: quite appropriate if you’re dining on venison or boar, but rather grim for the prey. The huge dining table (seating 16) is dwarfed by the immense room itself, and carved marble shelves display elaborate Chinese porcelain vases and figures (Dining Hall photo).

The most spectacular room of all is the Grand Hall, a vast Tudor/Renaissance-style room two floors high, with three towering windows, a fabulous parquet floor (hundreds of dark walnut Stars of David bordered by hexagons in light maplewood), five immense chandeliers, and by far the largest mantelpiece I’ve ever seen: four or five metres high (Grand Hall 1 and Mantelpiece photos). This room alone justifies going out of your way to see the mansion. The best of the family’s art collection is in this hall, and runs from Dutch masters to Manet and Corot (Old Masters photo). Three immense Flemish tapestries dominate the halls. I believe all three were woven in the 1500s; my favourite is a remarkable battle scene (Flemish Battle Tapestry photo). Another tapestry depicts a crowned figure at a feast with two other diners (Crowned Feast Tapestry photo). The cases in front of the Battle tapestry hold a collection of ecclesiastical treasures: a silver crucifix, a gold solar monstrance, etc. To the right of that is a very special case, on floor level where you can get a close look: it contains the most valuable painting in the Errázruriz collection: El Greco’s Jesus Bearing the Cross (Grand Hall 2 photo).

A passing thought: one of their paintings, a Dutch still-life of fruits and flowers, was painted by Rachel Ruysch. Several of the best Dutch still-life painters were women, and almost all of Flanders’ best tapestry weavers were as well. Pity there was no gender-equality in Renaissance Italy or Spain: they might have doubled their masterpieces.

My most interesting find in the entire mansion was sitting on an elegant table in the very centre of the Grand Hall: an exquisite matching pair of crossbows. Not duelling pistols: crossbows (Duelling Crossbows photo). Deucedly convenient location for a pair of them. Let’s say two guests enjoyed a glass or three too many of fine cognac in the Great Hall. A thoughtless comment is uttered. A challenge is immediately made, and accepted. Obviously they’re not going to use foils in the 1920s; foils are for college fenciing teams. Pistols? Those are for Chicago mobsters! Bowie knives, baseball-bats, banjos? No, no, no. The only truly aristocratic solution left was duelling crossbows. You head to one side of the hall and I’ll head to the other! We’ll notch our arrows, and as soon as Josefina drops her handkerchief, we winch our crossbows taut and fire away, honour being demonstrated on both sides, regardless of who wins. But, whatever you do, do not—repeat, NOT—aim high and shoot your arrow into Matías’s El Greco!

Asian Art: Further along the building, on the first floor, is a museum of Oriental art. I refrained from going, having been to most major art museums in Asia itself. But there are also Chinese works of decorative art throughout the mansion, and at least one large case full of colourful porcelain. Most of it is Qing ware. An odd coincidence, since the Manchus’ Qing dynasty died in 1911, the same year this mansion was conceived. Large, multicoloured Chinese antiques are to be seen in a number of the rooms. My personal taste runs more towards Sung celadon, but a Sung teacup would be microscopic in the immense scale of Palacio Errázruriz’s rooms. Larger Asian works are a better fit. You’ll see Oriental screens, a fair number of huge vases, and several shishi (Lotus-topped Vase, Shishi, and Dining Hall Shishi Set photos). Shishi are mythical lion guardians; they look more like dogs than lions; but a thousand years ago, while the Chinese had heard of lions, they hadn’t actually seen any.

This mansion definitely rates 5 stars, but is not a museum you’d spend several hours in; so pairing it with one or more other attractions makes sense: the Oriental Arts, Fine Arts, and Latin American Art museums, as well as Recoleta Cemetery, are all within walking distance. The nearest Subte stations are Facultad de Derecho and Las Heras, both on the H Line.
Written March 20, 2020
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