Fortabat Art Collection

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The Fortabat Art Collection in the Puerto madero section of Buenos Aires
View of the museum from the side

The Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat Art Collection is a museum of fine arts in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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The museum was initiated by María Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat, the longtime Chairperson and chief stockholder of Loma Negra, the largest cement manufacturer in Argentina. She set aside a significant portion of her extensive art collection for the purpose, and her foundation contracted internationally acclaimed, Uruguayan born architect Rafael Viñoly for its design.

The building, a two-story modernist concrete, steel and glass structure, began construction in 2002 and provides over 6,000 square metres (65,000 sq ft) of indoor space. Built overlooking the northernmost dock in the Puerto Madero district, among its highlights include a roof with a system of mobile aluminum awnings that open and close with the sun's position. Mrs. Fortabat specifically requested this last design feature, remarking that "I've always wanted to look at pictures and the stars at the same time."[1]

The museum was inaugurated on October 22, 2008, and includes two exhibition halls, a library, an auditorium, offices and a cafe-restaurant overlooking the renovated Puerto Madero docklands. Its two exhibition halls house a collection of 230 works (at the opening date) and are divided into seven galleries:[2]

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Coordinates: 34°35′58″S 58°21′54″W / 34.59944°S 58.36500°W / -34.59944; -58.36500