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This text refers to the second issue of Prisma: revista mural; underscoring the bold and at times inscrutable quality that characterized the first number of the magazine—which did not exclude the unusual way in which it was published. In this sense, the manifesto postulates that there are “corners and the museums” addressed to “old traditional art,” while for “us [at Prisma] the joyous, simultaneous life [sic] of the streets” is a place to be.


Prisma was the first wall journal, of which there were only two editions, published in Argentina; the first issue, corresponding to the month of November 1921 (a date which was recently clarified; the initial publication previously being attributed to December of the same year), and the second one, in March 1922. It was the first Ultraist trend publication in Buenos Aires. The magazine, which consisted of one large spread, was pasted to walls in the streets of Buenos Aires.

Jorge Luis Borges, having participated in Spanish Ultraism together with his sister Norah, is significant in this context for introducing German Expressionism--through his translations of various German poets--and also as the theoretician of the Ultraist movement. Upon his return to Argentina, he founded and led what is known as the early-avant-garde, positioning himself, consequently, as the movement's primary theorist.

Natalia Pineau
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fundación San Telmo.