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    [Letter] 1965 Marzo 5, Buenos Aires [to Jorge] Romero Brest / [Samuel Paz]
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    [Paz, Samuel] to Jorge Romero Brest, Buenos Aires, March 5, 1965. Typewritten letter. Archivos Di Tella, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires.
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This document is a letter from Samuel Paz to Jorge Romero Brest, who was visiting New York at that time. It reports the latest news regarding the Centro de Artes Visuales del ITDT [Art Center at the Torcuato Di Tella Institute] linked to the organization of the Premio Internacional Torcuato Di Tella 1965 [1965 Torcuato Di Tella International Prize]. Paz refers to Allen Jones and Piero Dorazio, as well as to jury member Alan Bowness. It likewise mentions details regarding the “Holanda, la nueva generación” [“Holland: the New Generation”] exhibition, as well as the possibility of a popular Mexican art exhibition featuring works by José Guadalupe Posada and the Frenchman Jean Dubuffet.


The Premio Instituto Torcuato Di Tella was established in 1960, a few months after the creation of the Centro de Arte del Instituto Torcuato Di Tella (ITDT). The latter organization was run by a board composed of Lionello Venturi, Ricardo Camino, Guido Di Tella and Jorge Romero Brest. The Centro was dedicated to the dissemination and promotion of the visual arts as well as to maintaining contact with other centers linked to national and foreign production. The Premio ITDT was created within this framework with the intention of awarding opportunities to young Argentinean artists to enrich their experiences abroad; nevertheless, the Premio ITDT not only awarded prizes/scholarships, but also favored the dissemination of international art within the local scene. This made it an important institution for the renovation of the visual arts at the time. The prize was awarded to both national and international artists until 1967, with a few variations according to the given year. In 1967 it became known as the Experiencias Visuales [Visual Practices]. Later, in 1968 and 1969 it became known solely as Experiencias [Practices]. In 1963 Romero Brest resigned as Director of the Museo National de Bellas Artes and accepted the position of Director of the Centro de Artes Visuales of the ITDT. Samuel Paz acted as Associate Director. In 1965, the Premio ITDT was both National and International in scope.

This document was selected because it permits analysis of the planning alternatives for the Premio Internacional Di Tella 1965.

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