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    Premio Georges Braque 1968 : aclaración / El jurado
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    El Jurado. "Premio Georges Braque 1968: Aclaración," June 19, 1968. Typewritten statement. Archive of Graciela Carnevale, Rosario.

This document pertains to the clarification offered by the organizers of the Premio Braque [the Braque Prize], two weeks after the announcement of the competition. It was written the day after a letter by Margarita Paksa had been received, announcing a refusal to participate in the Premio given the conditions that had been laid out by the organizers. [The clarification] was an attempt to calm tensions, as both in Buenos Aires and Rosario, artists had denounced the censorship and were calling for a boycott of the Premio. In this clarification, the jury denies any attempt at preliminary censorship, maintaining that the disputed clause was “merely a request for technical information.”


In June 1968, soon after the events of May in France, the inclusion of a censorship clause in the official announcement for the Premio Braque, sponsored by the French embassy, triggered a joint reaction from the avant-garde groups of Rosario and Buenos Aires. The regulations advised the invited artists “to indicate the existence of any photos, inscriptions or written materials that were part of the artworks.” The organizers [of the competition] even reserved the right “to make any changes they judged necessary” to those works submitted. If through these measures they hoped to prevent the expression of the anti-institutional course then being adopted by the avant-garde, their censorship had the retroactive effect of a boomerang.  The chain reaction provoked by the clause motivated this clarification by the jury, which was made up of such important figures in the artistic field as Antonio Berni, Samuel Oliver, Aldo Pellegrini and Jorge Romero Brest, among others.

The protesting artists decided to disrupt the awards ceremony that was held July 16 in the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. For twenty tumultuous minutes, they threw FATRAC (Frente Antiimperialista de Trabajadores de la Cultura) [Anti-Imperialist Front of Cultural Workers] leaflets, rotten eggs and stink bombs at officials as well as at the first prize work by Rogelio Polesello, who had created it based on the colors of the French flag. In the ensuing struggle, blows were exchanged in the museum’s interior. The incident ended in a forceful quelling by security forces: the police intervened rapidly, shutting the entrances. They arrested nine people who were later sentenced to thirty days in jail.

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