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This article refers to the circumstances surrounding the opening of the Tucumán Arde [Tucumán is Burning] exhibition?that was created by members of the Comisión de Acción Artística de la CGT (Confederación General del Trabajo de los Argentinos) [Artistic Action Commission of the CGT, the General Confederation of Labor of the Argentine people]?on November 25, 1968. The very next day, the union leadership was pressured by government security forces who threatened to close the union’s headquarters if the exhibition wasn’t shut down. The rest of the lengthy article quotes sections of the report from the sociologists who were involved in the project. This report was distributed, under the same name, to audiences at the exhibitions in Rosario and in Buenos Aires.


Tucumán Arde, the best-known group event ever produced by the avant-garde of both Buenos Aires and Rosario, took place in 1968, when radical political and artistic unrest came to a head in various parts of the world. The event involved a complex combination of research, counter-information, and a massive public awareness campaign. The immediate repercussions of the event were huge, as can be confirmed in a number of newspaper articles, many of which appeared in labor union and political publications.   CGT was the official weekly journal of the CGT de los Argentinos [CGT of the Argentine people]?the labor union that opposed the dictatorship of Lieutenant General Juan Carlos Onganía (1966-70). Under the direction of Rodolfo Walsh, the writer and journalist, this organ published several articles, in three successive issues, that covered the opening of the exhibition in Buenos Aires.

Ana Longoni
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
CeDInCI (Centro de Documentación e Investigación de la Cultura de Izquierdas en Argentina), Buenos Aires, Argentina