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    Repudio al Premio Braque- organizado por la Embajada Francesa
    Buenos Aires, Argentina : [s.n.], s/d [18 de junio de 1968]
    [3] leaves
    Other – Manifestoes
    "Repudio al Premio Braque - organizado por la Embajada Francesa," June 18, 1968. Typed manuscript. Personal archive of Graciela Carnevale, Rosario.

The artists who had called for boycotting the 1968 Premio Braque (promoted by the French embassy in Argentina) stated their condemnation of its censorship in the midst of the awards ceremony, which was carried out in the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. They handed out an unsigned flier—with the structure and tone of a tough manifesto—in which the artists declare that they are “fed up” of the undercover forms of “cultural imperialism” that penetrate society, denouncing thus the complicity of their local brokers as well as the public. They also declared their solidarity with the French students whose protest had been repressed a few days earlier in Paris and, particularly, with the Argentinean artists Hugo Demarco and Julio Le Parc, who were deported for participating in the Parisian protest. Furthermore, they express their alliance with any opposition front against the Argentinean military dictatorship. The artists also gave out at least two other folded-fliers with similar anti-imperialistic statements by throwing them up in the air.


In June 1968, shortly after the French [student strikes in] May, the appearance of a censorship clause in the invitation to participate in the Braque Prize, sponsored by the French Embassy, unleashed a joint reaction from the Rosario and Buenos Aires cultural vanguard groups. The ruling instructed the invited artists to “point out the possible existence of photos, phrases, or writings that are part of the work.” Furthermore, the organizers reserved the right to “make any changes they might judge necessary.” If the purpose of this clause was to avoid the prize being awarded to works expressing the anti-institutional stand of the emerging vanguard groups of Argentina, the censorship had a boomerang effect. The resigning artists decided to intervene in the awards ceremony on July 16 at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. During twenty very agitated minutes, they threw around FATRAC (Frente Antiimperialista de Trabajadores de la Cultura) flyers, rotten eggs, and stink bombs at the officials and especially at the prizewinning work, which its creator, Rogelio Polesello, had created based on the colors of the French flag. There were physical struggles, thrown punches, and lots of running around inside the museum. Everything came to an end with a strong reaction by the security forces: the police intervened rapidly, closing the entrance doors and arresting nine people, who were sentenced to thirty days in jail. 

Ana Longoni
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Archivo Graciela Carnevale, Rosario, Argentina.