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Jorge Romero Brest’s presentation muses on artistic truth. The critic wonders if scientific and artistic truths have anything in common, suggesting that genuine artistic truth is devoid of preexisting realities. He also wonders if works of art are in fact truth “projects,” underscoring their “precarious” existence that addresses a “being” discovered by their creators, which can also be seen by the viewer when it is authentic.
The Premio Instituto Torcuato Di Tella [Instituto Torcuato Di Tella Prize] was established in 1960, a few months after the opening of the Centro de Arte del Instituto Torcuato Di Tella (ITDT) [Instituto Torcuato Di Tella’s Center for the Arts], whose board members included Lionello Venturi, Ricardo Camino, Guido Di Tella, and Jorge Romero Brest (1905-89). The goal of the Center was to aid in the dissemination and promotion of the visual arts, and to stay in touch with other art centers, locally and abroad. The ITDT Prize was conceived as a way to give young Argentine artists a chance to broaden their horizons overseas; in addition to granting the prize/scholarship, it also introduced international art at the local level, thereby becoming a significant catalyst for the renewal of contemporary expression. Until 1967 the Prize was given to both local and international artists, with a few exceptions. It later became Experiencias Visuales 1968 [Visual Practices 1968] and Experiencias 1969 [Practices 1969]. Romero Brest resigned from the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes [National Museum of Fine Arts] in 1963 and was named director of the ITDT’s Centro de Artes Visuales [Visual Arts Center].