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This foreword by Aldo Pellegrini indicates the changes of direction produced in the period of five years separating the first Arte Nuevo [New Art] exhibition and this sixth show, which he characterizes as a passage from the intellectual to the vital. He emphasizes that the false line between objectivity and subjectivity has been erased and that a tendency toward movement and kinetic art has begun within the domain of rigorous form.
Aldo Pellegrini (Rosario 1903–Buenos Aires 1973) was a distinguished poet, playwright, essayist, and art critic within Argentinean cultural circles. From the beginning, he was linked to the development of Surrealism, and he also directed various publishing projects. Pelligrini supported and publicized various aspects of abstract art, promoting some groups such as Artistas Modernos de la Argentina and the Asociación Arte Nuevo.
The Asociación Arte Nuevo was formed at the suggestion of Carmelo Arden Quin; it was composed of nonfigurative artists who came together in order to disseminate the artistic production of this trend via publications, exhibitions, and conferences. This group held Salons that were supported by Aldo Pellegrini and that functioned without the choice of admission juries.
The exhibition was held at the Museo de Bellas Artes Eduardo Sívori, September 1–23, 1960. The participating artists were Hans Aebi, Julián Althabe, Emma Álvarez Piñeiro, Ramón Baudes Gorlero, Paulina Berlatzky, Antonio Blagonic, Inés Blumencweig, Zulema Ciordia, Jaime Davidovich, Francisca de los Reyes, Olga Demitrópulos, Noemí Di Benedetto, Simona Ertan, Nélida Fedulo, Albino Fernández, Carlos Funes, Juan Gaeta, Pedro Gaeta, Francisco Garavaglia, Orlando Gianferro, Elida Gianni, César Gioia, Mina Gondler, Berta Guido, Alberto Greco, Gina Ionesco, Jaime Jaimes, Lidia Juárez, Jorge Lezama, Nélida Licenziato, Jorge López Anaya, Kenneth Kemble, Víctor Marchese, Sameer Makarius, Roberto Matiello, José Novoa, Aldo Paparella, Manuel Peralta Ramos, Alberto Pilone, Esther Pilone, Rogelio Polesello, Mario Pucciarelli, Enrique Romano, Emilio Schiavo, Nelly Schneider, Osvaldo Stimm, Elena Tarasido, Manuel Fernández Teijeiro, Silvia Torrás, María Torchelli, Olga Villa, José Villalobos, Ángel Zampella, Velia Zavattaro, Alicia Zamudio, Josefina Zamudio, Ricardo Zelarayán, Marcelo Zimmermann, and Martha Zuik.
This article was selected because it documents the sixth Salon held at the Museo de Artes Plásticas Eduardo Sívori, as well as the formation of the Asociación Arte Nuevo as an open movement destined to bring together not only painters and sculptors, but also photographers, musicians, and architects.