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Mario Pucciarelli, the winner of the 1960 Torcuato Di Tella Institute Prize, writes to Guido Di Tella, describing his artistic activities in Rome, according to the regulations of the prize. He keeps him posted about the exhibition, in progress al Galeria Pogliani, and regarding other exhibition opportunities, as well as his ties with artists belonging to the Italian scene.

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In 1960 and a few months after having created the Centro de Arte del Instituto Torcuato Di Tella (ITDT) [Art Center of the Torcuato Di Tella Institute]—directed by a Council made up of Lionello Venturi, Ricardo Camino, Guido Di Tella and Jorge Romero Brest— the ITDT Prize was made possible. The purpose of this center was to cooperate in the diffusion and promotion of the visual arts and to keep in contact with other centers connected with production at both a national and an international level. Within this context, the Premio ITDT [ITDT Prize] was created to provide an opportunity for young Argentinean artists to enrich their experience abroad; nevertheless, its creation did not just allow for the awarding of the grant-prize, but it also spurred the circulation of international art in the local arena, becoming an important reference point for the visual arts renaissance of the time. This prize was awarded to national or international artists, with some variation depending on the year in question, until 1967. Beginning that year, it changed its name and became Experiencias Visuales [Visual Practices], and then just Experiencias [Practices] in 1968 and 1969. The regulations of the prize established that the 1960 ITDT Prize winner would have an exhibition at Galeria Poglian in Rome, and would receive airfare and a monthly stipend of $350 during his stay in Italy. 

In this correspondence, the relationships established by Pucciarelli in Rome are highlighted, as well as considerations of the advantages with having this kind of exchanges, not only for him, albeit for any other Argentinean artist.

Researcher
Cristina Rossi
Team
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Credit
Courtesy of Roberto Pucciarelli, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Courtesy of Archivo di Tella, Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Location
Archivos Di Tella. Universidad Torcuato Di Tella de Buenos Aires, Argentina.