To celebrate the launch of the Art Basel Cities Exchange and to share further information about the partnership, Art Basel Cities took up residency at the Art Basel Cities House in Buenos Aires. Situated on Basavilbaso 1233, the House was open to all from Thursday, November 2 to Sunday, November 5, and hosted a curated series of engaging conversations, professional workshops, coaching sessions, music programs and performances.
The two-story Beaux-Arts building that hosted the Art Basel Cities House for the first week in November is an architectural landmark in Buenos Aires. With its imposing double-height central entrance hall, music and billiards rooms as well as a succession of majestic private rooms with balconies, it is a testimony of Argentina's Belle Époque. This period from the late 19th century to the early 20th century saw increased exportation, foreign capital inflows and a large influx of European immigrants that bolstered the economy.
The house was built by Don Alejandro Estrugamou, a descendant of French immigrants from the Basque Country and heir to an agricultural empire. In the early 20th century, Don Alejandro Estrugamou also commissioned another architectural landmark: the famous Estrugamou Building. Thus his name remains bound to Buenos Aires’s patrimonial history.