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  • ICAA Record ID
    763721
    TITLE
    Malvenido Mister Rockefeller : exposición de originales para afiches, 1969 Jun. 30 / Sociedad Argentina de Artistas Plásticos
    DESCRIPTION
    [2] leaves
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Typed sheet – Artists’ Statement
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Sociedad Argentina de Artistas Plásticos. "Malvenido Mister Rockefeller: exposición de originales para afiches," June 30, 1969. Mimeograph manuscript. Sociedad Argentina de Artistas Plásticos, Buenos Aires.
    NAME DESCRIPTORS
    Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979
    GEOGRAPHIC DESCRIPTORS
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Synopsis

The text exposed the political situation unleashed during Nelson Rockefeller’s tour of Latin American countries, opposing both the people’s resistance and struggle for liberation. A list of participating artists is given.

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Founded in 1925, in the second half of the 1960s the Sociedad Argentina de Artistas Plásticos [Argentinean Society of Visual Artists] promoted a series of group exhibitions. These shows and other events had a strong political trait, as occurred in events either held in honor of Ernesto Che Guevara or against police repression. In 1969 while touring throughout The Americas—within the context of national public protests (the most important one known as “el Cordobazo” [The Cordoba Overthrow]) Nelson Rockefeller visited Argentina.

Produced as a mimeograph, this document is the exhibition catalogue that was put together to repudiate Rockefeller’s presence and has left León Ferrari’s (1920) imprint in it; he was one of the event organizers. Artists from a variety of aesthetic currents participated; for example, the members of the Movimiento Espartaco [Spartacus Movement], designers of the Instituto Di Tella, young men and women of involved with the conceptual vanguards, members of Otra Figuración [Another Figuration], together with renown masters, such as Antonio Berni (1905–81) and Juan Carlos Castagnino (1908–72). 

This document is relevant to understanding the politicization of the arts in Argentina and the participation of the artists in the service of anti-imperialism. A stance radicalized by both the Cuban Revolution and the Vietnam War.

Researcher
Roberto Amigo
Team
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Credit
Courtesy of Sociedad Argentina de Artistas Plásticos (SAAP), Buenos Aires, Argentina
Location
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires.