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Mario Pucciarelli, artist, winner of the 1960 Torcuato Di Tella Institute Prize, writes to Guido Di Tella, keeping him posted about his activities in Rome, in line with the prize’s previously stipulated regulations, highlighting the repercussions of his exhibition at Galeria Pogliani. Pucciarelli mentions the invitations he received to exhibit in other cities such as Turin, Barcelona, Paris, London and New York, in addition to his participation in the Venice Biennial.
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.
This correspondence is part of the mandatory reports that the award holder had to submit. Besides mentioning the relationships established by Pucciarelli with different galleries, he makes note of the opinion of critic Giulio Carlo Argan concerning the selection of some works to be exhibited in the Venice Biennial. Furthermore, Pucciarelli expresses that he is already feeing the critics’ approval and considers this situation more beneficial for his peers than for himself.