If you love sculpture and animals, the palatial Decorative Arts Museum is the place to go if you are lucky enough to be in Buenos Aires nowadays.
Indeed, it is housing the latest work of Vivianne Duchini, a worthy successor of Rembrandt Bugatti, a member of the famous car builders who — in spite of his christian name — was a sculptor, famous for his memorable animal sculptures, not his paintings. Not unexpectedly, he is Vivianne’s favourite artist. And it shows. So does the fact that, besides having studied in BA’s most prestigious academies, she also learned the trade from no less than the great Aurelio Macchi, Rubén Locaso and Leo Vinci.
Duchini was attracted to art as a little girl and she loved (and, of course, still loves) animals. Fortunately, both affections were maintained and now she is an unparalelled artist comparable to the best in the world. It is not only her unequalled technical skill with bronze and exquisite taste that make her stand out. No matter what some may object, her animals have soul and they are the nearest possible equals of their live counterparts, especially those made in their natural size.
Although her deep love for animals is all embracing, there is a visible preference for horses and dogs. In fact, in her dedication of the show in the catalogue she also includes the name of her favourite horse. What makes her work so admirable is the way she conveys and recreates her subjects’ attitudes, their softness and their power, their motions, expressions, their beauty, their grace… their life.Their soul.
Looking at them, whether it be the majestic, huge Pegasus or the smallest puppy, causes delight, as beauty always does, but it also deeply moves the viewer. Or this writer, at least. Do not miss this show, which is free for pensioners.