Monday, 8 August 2011

Evita & Carlos

Evita. María Eva Duarte de Perón (7 May 1919 – 26 July 1952) was the second wife of President Juan Perón (1895–1974) and served as the First Lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death in 1952. She is often referred to as simply Eva Perón, or by the affectionate Spanish language deminutive, Evita. She was born out of wedlock in the village in rural Argentina, the fourth of five children. In 1934, at the age of 15, she went to the nation's capital of Buenos Aires, where she pursued a career as a stage, radio, and film actress. Eva met Colonel Juan Perón on January 22, 1944, in Buenos Aires during a charity event at the Luna Park Stadium to benefit the victims of an earthquake in San Juan, Argentina. The two were married the following year. In 1946, Juan Perón was elected President of Argentina. Over the course of the next six years, Eva Perón became powerful within the pro-Peronist trade unions, primarily for speaking on behalf of labor rights. She also ran the Ministries of Labor and Health, founded and ran the charitable Eva Perón Foundation, championed women's suffrage in Argentina, and founded and ran the nation's first large-scale female political party, the Female Peronist Party.
So I couldn't resist going to the Eva Perón Museum. There's a lot of memorabilia, and wonderfully, a lot of her amazing wardrobe.
A little hard to photograph, so excuse the crappy photos. But you get the idea. And nice that there's the piece and often a photo of Eva wearing that piece next to it.
This room was just a delight. Dresses to die for, hats, gloves, and purses. Just wonderful.
Another museum of a legendary Argentinian is that of Carlos Gardel.
Carlos Gardel (11 December 1890 – 24 June 1935) was a singer, songwriter and actor, and is perhaps the most prominent figure in the history of tango. He was born in Tolouse, France, although he never acknowledged his birthplace publicly, and there are still claims of his birth in Uruguay. He lived in Argentina from the age of two and acquired Argentine citizenship in 1923. He grew up in the Abasto neighborhood of Buenos Aires. He died in an airplane crash at the height of his career, becoming an archetypal tragic hero mourned throughout Latin America. For many, Gardel embodies the soul of the tango style.
We went to see his house which is now a museum. Lots of wonderful memorabilia here, too. Lots of records, posters, etc. Even a short film staring the city.
It's a little out of the way, but with taxi's so cheap it's not much hassle.
Museo Casa Carlos Gardel: Jean Jaurés 735. Open: 11am-6pm Mon & Wed-Fri, 10am-7pm Sat & Sun.

Eva Perón Museum:
2988 Lafinur Street in the Palermo neighborhood of Buenos Aires.

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