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This news brief summarizes the principal concepts raised by Guido Di Tella regarding the internal history of the Instituto Torcuato Di Tella [Torcuato Di Tella Institute]; he points out that the institution is a non-profit public good. The report makes known the difficulties suffered by the entity and also communicates the results of the study that resulted in the decision to close the business on Florida Street, Buenos Aires, indicating the end of an era. Just as Romero Brest declared the depletion of the artwork and the problems of artistic communication, the news report states that [cultural] centers should re-define their activities programs for the same reason.


The Premio Instituto Torcuato Di Tella [Torcuato Di Tella Institute Prize] was established in 1960, a few months after the creation of the Centro de Arte del Instituto Torcuato Di Tella [The Art Center at 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 renaissance 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 [National Museum of Fine Arts] and accepted the position of director of the Centro de Artes Visuales of the ITDT.

In 1965, the Premio ITDT was both National and International in scope. The Experiencias 1969 [1969 Practices], series I and II, were held in 1969.

This article documents the publicity surrounding the closing of the ITDT’s Centro de Artes Visuales. At the beginning of 1970 the directors of the ITDT decided to pursue a reduced program at the Centro de Artes Visuales as well as the Centro de Experimentación Audiovisual for financial and political reasons. At the same time they continued to support the Centro Latinoamericano de Altos Estudios Musicales (CLAEM) [Latin American Center for Higher Learning in Music]. Nevertheless, Romero Brest could not accept this and consequently resigned his position. The CLAEM maintained itself until 1971; afterward it became dependent to the Municipal Authority of Buenos Aires.

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.