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In this short article, the Argentine critic, Alfredo Chiabra Acosta, questions the concept of originalidad [genuine making] in art. In his own terms, the writer ventures that originality does not stem from rarity or from something unlike anything else. He believes that true originality harks back to the origins of everything, and this is the only way to rejuvenate modernity.
La Campana de Palo [The Wooden Bell], in whose pages this essay was published, launched its first six issues between June and December 1925, and reappeared, after discontinuing publication for a time, in September 1926. The revived publication was numbered in the same sequence but presented in a different format, with the subtitle Periódico Mensual. Bellas Artes y Polémica [Monthly Newspaper. Fine Arts and Debate]. There were eleven issues published in its second period, which continued until September/October 1927. La Campana de Palo was one of the organs used to disseminate the ideas of the anarchist group led by Alfredo Chiabra Acosta, who wrote under the pseudonym Atalaya or At.