On an alley in Palermo, an artsy neighborhood of Buenos Aires, street art covers every wall. From political propaganda, intricate portraits, spray painted robots and homages to local athletes, every picture tells a story. You could simply walk around and admire the creativity, but you would benefit greatly from taking a walking tour of street art in Buenos Aires, learning the context behind the imagery.
The history of the city’s urban art scene can be explained on guided tours by a local nonprofit called Graffitimundo. The organization is dedicated to increasing cultural awareness of the rich heritage of the dynamic Argentine urban art scene.
From its fiery political origins to the modern context in which Argentina’s capital city has become one of the world’s most exciting cities for street art, you can get an in-depth view into what makes the fascinating city explode with culture and creativity.
Buenos Aires Street Art
Buenos Aires Street Art has organized and curated some of the biggest murals in the city with international artists. They also run guided walking tours, a contemporary art gallery and a blog with the latest street art news.
Graffiti Tour Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires Free Walks also offers a guided walking tour of street art in Buenos Aires for $10 USD. The rain or shine tours are offered by youthful, knowledgeable locals who run other city tours on a tip-based model, allowing guests to determine the value of the experience.
Many of the tours take an in-depth look at the effect of politics, economics and social change on the city’s art scene and activism. After exploring, you’ll leave with a greater understanding of how Buenos Aires’ history has influenced public expression. And you’ll have a story to back up your pictures.