Two weekends ago, after putting it off for so long, I paid a visit the Museo Evita in Palermo. For only 15 pesos you get a nice little Evita postcard (see left) and…. well, that’s it. Oh and you get to walk around the museum.
My fascination with Eva Perón began in 1996 when the movie Evita, starring Madonna, was released in theatres. Like many people I was moved by the story of a young peasant girl who moves to the big city, overcomes adversity and changes the social landscape of her nation.
If we’re to believe the legend, Evita took from the rich and gave to the poor. While she was at it, she took a little from the rich for herself.
Not much in Argentina has changed. The current president has created a welfare state where 50 per cent of the population receives government subsidies of about 1,800 pesos a month. Most president’s focus on job creation, but this way she’s guaranteed half the population’s vote come election time. She received 54 per cent in 2011. She advocates a socialist life for everyone but herself. Since becoming president, Cristina’s net worth has exponentially increased while the average Argentine struggles to afford a loaf of bread. Corruption in Argentina has changed little from when Eve Perón was alive.
Anyway, the museum. There was plenty of fashion on display, and videos of Evita’s many passionate speeches from the Casa Rosada. It was definitely worth the admission. The building itself was purchased by the María Eva Duarte de Perón Social Aid Foundation in 1948 and there are many photographs on display of Argentina’s famous first lady posing with her descamisados.
Unfortunately I got an aura migraine while I was there and couldn’t enjoy the world-renowned restaurant on the ground floor. Oh well… if I look on the bright side at least I saved a couple of pesos!
Check out the museum, you’ll enjoy it I’m sure.