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After receiving a telegram about the exhibition in the Torcuato Di Tella Institute, Alicia Penalba communicates her agreement to the terms therein to Jorge Romero Brest, although she believes that precautions must be taken due to the political situation in Argentina. In this regard, Penalba lets him know that she hopes to complete three new works and send suggestions on how to organize the shipping and her own personal trip.

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In 1960 and a few months after having created the Centro de Arte del Instituto Torcuato Di Tella (ITDT) [Art Center of the Torcuato Di Tella Institute]—directed by a Council made up of Lionello Venturi, Ricardo Camino, Guido Di Tella and Jorge Romero Brest— the ITDT Prize was made possible. The purpose of this center was to cooperate in the diffusion and promotion of the visual arts and to keep in contact with other centers connected with production at both a national and an international level. Within this context, the Premio ITDT [ITDT Prize] was created to provide an opportunity for young Argentinean artists to enrich their experience abroad; nevertheless, its creation did not just allow for the awarding of the grant-prize, but it also spurred the circulation of international art in the local arena, becoming an important reference point for the visual arts renaissance of the time. This prize was awarded to national or international artists, with some variation depending on the year in question, until 1967. Beginning that year, it changed its name and became Experiencias Visuales [Visual Practices], and then just Experiencias [Practices] in 1968 and 1969. 

This document shows the choices made in the operation of the Torcuato Di Tella Institute Prize in regard to the attempt to add an acclaimed Argentinean artist like Alicia [Pérez] Penalba as guest of honor. At that moment, the sculptor was living in Paris and had received the Great Prize in Sculpture] at the 1962 São Paulo Biennial. 

Researcher
Cristina Rossi
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Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Courtesy of Archivo di Tella, Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Location