Carne [Beef]: Special exposition of the Museo de la Ciudad

Serendipity. That happiest of things. That great gift.

I was walking down Defensa after class.

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…seemed awfully big and fancy for a carniceria.

Ah–oh!

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This is not the main location of the Museo de la Ciudad, but the Casa Altos de Elorriaga location, which is currently, magnificently, and tragically temporarily, a museum to Argentine beef.

So what will you find in a glorious exposition dedicated to meat, that most Argentine of culinary indulgences?

HISTORY!

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A TIMELINE OF BEEF: The first cows arrive in 1549!
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2002: The first Argentine cloned calf is born!
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2008: Political machinations affect beef!

HISTORICAL ARTIFACTS!

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Including racist marketing!

But that is absolutely not all. No indeed. Got something meat-related in mind? NAME IT, SON.

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BOOKS ON BEEF PRODUCTION
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GET EDUCATED IN ARGENTINE CUTS
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WEIRD OLD CARTOONS

Have you ever wondered if the Argentine relationship with beef can be statistically quantified? WONDER NO LONGER.

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The only nation that consumes more beef per person than Argentina is Uruguay. BARELY.

So what do Argentines use all that meat for? The interior patio holds the answers you seek, friend.

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Beef is often located in guiso (stew), milanesa, and empanadas.
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Beef is also featured in an asado, which is an Argentine barbeque.
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Beef can be found in street food. You can tell this cart is another historical artifact because today, 18 pesos will buy you literally nothing.

Are you more interested in “how the sausage is made,” so to speak? It looks something like this:

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Moo.
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The “dirty zone” is where steak is born.
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Someone made a tiny side of beef for this display.

So, meat plays a pretty big role in Argentine culture. But what about Argentine pop culture? Has there ever been a famous sexploitation film in which meat featured heavily alongside a celebrated bombshell and a future father of an Oscar-winning writer?

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I mean, why are you even asking?

But maybe your cultural tastes are more highbrow. You appreciate fine art. Painting, sculpture. These media speak to you and inform your experiences. You enjoy seeing beauty rendered immortal by the hand of a master.

You will find your treasure here, too.

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MEAT PAINTING.
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MEAT AS A CONTEMPORARY SCULPTURE
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LOOK AT ALL THIS MEAT ART, BUDDY.

All in all, “Carne” is a masterpiece. Obviously. It might be that someone in a position to affect these sorts of things noticed that it is the 50th anniversary of the film “Carne” and just ran with it. If that’s the case, this exhibition is even more superb. It’s open to the public, it’s free, there are promotional postcards–but it closes down on September 30th, so you only have a month to experience “Carne.”

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