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    Nero, Eduardo Felipe
    La cultura inculta : el caso de la obra de arte clausurada, Dactiloscrito, Buenos Aires, Argentina, sin fecha (atribuido 1968).
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    Nero, Eduardo Felipe. "La cultura inculta: el caso de la obra de arte clausurada," 1968. Typed manuscript. Archivos Di Tella, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires.
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Eduardo Felipe Nero, the editor of the news agency Servicio Informativo Continental (Argentina), reports on the incidents caused by Roberto Plate’s work Baño [Bathroom]. The article comments on the reports by some media sources regarding the closure of the work and the statements made by Jorge Romero Brest. Nero ends by regretting the punishment of citizens who are disorderly at a soccer game while also criticizing the authorities for being so considerate in cases like the Baño episode, that are "perpetrados en nombre del arte y de la cultura" [perpetrated in the name of art and culture].


The Premio Instituto Torcuato Di Tella [Torcuato De Tella Institute Prize] was established in 1960, a few months after the creation of the Centro de Arte del Instituto Torcuato Di Tella [Art Center of the Torcuato Di Tella Institute] (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. 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 revival 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 [The National Museum of Fine Arts] and accepted the position of director of the Centro de Artes Visuales [Center for Visual Arts] of the ITDT. The Experiencias 68 were held in 1968; the invited artists were Rodolfo Azaro, Oscar Bony, Delia Cancela y Pablo Mesejean, Jorge Carballa, Roberto Jacoby, David Lamelas, Margarita Paksa, Roberto Plate, Pablo Suárez, Juan Stoppani, Antonio Trotta and Alfredo Rodríguez Arias.

Roberto Plate’s work Baño [Bathroom] simulated a public restroom for men and women; visitors could write graffiti on the walls within. Given that the authorities closed the installation, the artists participating in the Experiencias 68 decided to withdraw and—together with other artists—signed a declaration against the measure.

This article sheds light on the reports of the day which, in addition to the information provided, also included some opinions regarding the young artists who frequented the Instituto Torcuato Di Tella.

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