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This document pertains to the Reglamento del Salón Nacional de Artes Plásticas (Buenos Aires, Argentina) [The Regulations of the 1966 National Salon for the Visual Arts]. It stipulates the rules governing the submission and acceptance of works, the conduct of the selection and awards juries, the system for acceptance of awards, and the general procedures in force.
The Salón Nacional de Artes Plásticas of Argentina was founded in 1911; its regulations varied over time, depending on the needs of the moment. The Regulations of 1966, established under the de facto government of General Juan Carlos Onganía (1966-70), stated in article no. 2 that works would be accepted only if “they could not be considered detrimental to the principles of the Argentinean cultural tradition.” This article—approved by the Resolución Ministerial [Ministerial Resolution] number 182, dated August 31, 1966—constituted an adjustment of the Reglamento to suit the guidelines of the Estatuto de la Revolución Argentina [Statutes of the Argentinean Revolution] that had ruled since the military coup d’état of July 1966. Among the latter’s main objectives was the “consolidation of moral and spiritual values.”
This article was selected because it documents the limitations imposed on the freedom of expression as well as the justification for “not accepting” artworks with political content.