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Synopsis

This text is a programmatic source that reports the active participation of the Concrete Invention at the core of a socialist construction of the world that would be based on the creation of new natural elements, both mechanical and technical.

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The editorial project of the Asociación Arte Concreto—Invención [Concrete Art and Invention Association] consisted of two publications: the magazine Arte Concreto [Concrete Art], published in August 1946 and the Boletín de la Asociación de Arte Concreto Invención [Bulletin of Concrete Art—Invention] nº 2, which appeared in December 1946. The magazine Arte Concreto was also known under the name Arte Concreto—Invención, although its imprint states Arte Concreto. The editorial committee was composed of Edgar Bayley, Simón Contreras, Alfredo Hlito and Raúl Lozza. This magazine published the “Invencionista Manifiesto” [Inventionist Manifesto], which was accompanied by the “Suplemento Poesía” [Poetry Supplement] written by both Contreras and Bayley.

This document was selected because it sheds light on the programmatic foundations proposed by the artists who supported the idea of an Inventionist art: that which would not represent but rather present concrete realities. It also indicates the group’s support for Marxist ideology and the application of art to the new needs of man.

Researcher
Cristina Rossi
Team
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Location
Archivo Fundación Espigas.