Squirru, Rafael. "[Arte Madí]." In Los primeros 15 años de arte madí, 2. Exh. cat., Buenos Aires: Museo de Arte Moderno, 1961.
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Rafael Squirru presents the exhibition that conmemorates the first 15 years of Madí Art (Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires, 1961), highlighting the overt opposition that these dedicated artists must have faced in their research of experimental visual arts within a cultural milieu openly hostile to renewal. Furthermore, Squirru underscores his admiration for the continuity, as well as the pioneering lucidity of the group members.
The Madí Group rose from the nucleus formed around Arturo magazine in 1944 after making their first exhibitions in the house of Dr. Pichón-Rivière and photographer Grete Stern. Because of certain internal bickering, the group split into two factions: Asociación Arte Concreto - Invención (AACI), under the leadership of Tomás Maldonado, and Movimiento Madí. A year later, the latter subdivided into two groups: one, headed by Carmelo Arden-Quin; the other, by Gyula Kosice, the great protagonist of the group exhibiting in the show, which took place 15 years after its inception.
Rafael F. Squirru (Buenos Aires, 1925), Argentinean poet and art critic, who studied law at the University of Buenos Aires, graduating later in Edinburgh. He was the founder and first director of the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires and founded the Ediciones del Hombre Nuevo publishing house in 1957.
This exhibition had international character, and works from the following artists were showed: Esteban Eitler, Gutiérrez, Herrera, Gyula Kosice, Diyi Laañ, Linenberg, Eduardo Sabelli, Scopelliti and Stimm from Argentina; Rhod Rothfuss, Antonio Llorens y Urrichio from Uruguay; Eros, Oliveira and Vinholes from Brazil; Sandú Darie from Cuba; Kasak from the United States; Batch, B. Elliott, M. Elliott, and Moucho from England; and Tanaka from Japan.