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The jury for the Premio Internacional Instituto Torcuato Di Tella 1965 [1965 Instituto Torcuato Di Tella International Prize], which consisted of Giulio Carlo Argan, Alan Bowness, and Jorge Romero Brest, voted to purchase Cuatro Habitaciones [Four Rooms], 1962, by Jim Dine; Díptico [Diptych], 1965, by Allen Jones; Thin Slice, 1964, by Richard Smith; Al Negro Americano [To the American Negro] by James Rosenquist; and Luz en movimiento [Light in Motion], 1960, by Günther Uecker.


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].

Cristina Rossi.
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Courtesy of Archivo di Tella, Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Archivos Di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina.