An exclusive visit to the atelier, art gallery and museum of Marcelo Toledo, the renowned Argentine metalsmith who made the jewelry for the Broadway production of Evita.
San Telmo is a neighborhood steeped in history, but it’s also home to the studios of many important contemporary artists. There they create impressive pieces, many of which go on to travel the world in exhibitions – and visitors have the opportunity to take a peek at what they’re working on.
Marcelo Toledo is one of the country’s top metalsmiths. But it would be more accurate to call him a metal artist (as he defines himself) because he works with a variety of high quality materials to make traditional pieces, as well as more modern, avant-garde ones.
During the guided visit, you’ll see – and be able to purchase – mates, knives, wineglasses, goblets, paintings and large scale works of art. The visit starts in Toledo’s studio in Balcarce 1330, in the heart of the Arts District, where he and his team explain the different processes used to produce the pieces, from the planning stage to embossing and chiseling.
The next stop is the gallery/shop, located at Humberto Primo 462 (only 3 blocks from the studio), across from Plaza Dorrego, where the antiques market is held every Sunday. Here you’ll find finished works and after passing through an adjacent door, a private museum of the Evita Exposition, which has historical recreations of Eva Perón’s jewelry and objects. There are more than 100 pieces designed by Toledo for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, Evita, starring Elena Roger and Ricky Martin. Evita toured internationally, giving Toledo worldwide acclaim.
The Guided Tours
The guided tours are offered from Sunday to Friday from 11AM – 4:30PM, with a reservation.
The duration is approximately one hour and the experience includes a glass of Catena Zapata wine (US$55 per person).
You can also add a wine tasting with silver and gold glasses made in the studio (US$105 per person).