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  • ICAA Record ID
    754059
    TITLE
    [A los señores jurados de escultura de los salones nacionales...] / Libero Badii
    IN
    Libero Badii. -- [Buenos Aires, Argentina] : [s. e.], Noviembre de 1960.
    DESCRIPTION
    [1] p.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Catalogs
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Badii, Libero. "[A los señores jurados de escultura de los salones nacionales...]."  Buenos Aires: Fundación Espigas, 1960.
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Synopsis

In a short statement, written in 1960, Libero Badii renounces any form of salon exhibition, in keeping with his other disengagements from, for example, academic continuity, material progress, and official teaching.

Annotations

Libero Badii (Arezzo, Italy, 1916-Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2001) was a sculptor whose main output consisted of works of symbolic significance. During the 1950s, following a trip through Latin America, his work was influenced by pre-Columbian art. He created the concept of "the sinister" as both a form of knowledge and a way of feeling. He named his studio-workshop Almataller [SoulShop]. In 1962 he had an exhibition at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes [National Museum of Fine Art]. His note is dated November 1960. 

In the 1960s, the artistic community's response to the institutions of the system was fairly complex, because it was motivated by either the growing politicization of the period or by personal approaches. Badii's response, in this document, is clearly of the latter variety, in keeping with his assertion of individuality and freedom. As a note that is published retrospectively, it seems to be an early expression of his renouncement of the benefits of the system (both honorary and material) that were assumed by lots of the 1960s artists.

Researcher
Roberto Amigo.
Team
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Credit
Courtesy of Marta Rosa and Ana Luisa Badii, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Location
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina.