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    Un dictamen judicial rechazó la demanda de dos artistas ganadores del Certamen de Experiencias Visuales de 1971
    La Opinión (Buenos Aires, Argentina). -- dic. 16, 1973
    p. 23
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    La Opinión (Buenos Aires). "Un dictamen judicial rechazó la demanda de dos artistas ganadores del Certamen de Experiencias Visuales de 1971." December 16, 1973.
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This article reports on the 1973 verdict that denied the suit filed by the creators of Made in Argentina (Ignacio Colombes and Hugo Pereyra). The verdict stated that the government was under no obligation as regards the findings of the contest jury, which was only considered competent to render a technical opinion. The article also mentions that the plaintiffs intended to take their case to the Federal Appeals Court and, if necessary to the Supreme Court.


Argentina’s Salón Nacional de Artes Plásticas [National Salon for the Visual Arts] was founded in 1911, and its regulations were modified over time whenever it was deemed necessary to do so. In 1968 and 1969 the Salón Nacional included the Sección “Investigaciones Visuales” [“Visual Research” Section] in order to provide space for new forms of experimental art (kinetic objects, Pop, etc.) which in turn led to the Certamen Anual de Investigaciones Visuales [Annual Visual Research Contest] in 1970 and 1971. At the II Certamen Nacional de Investigaciones Visuales [2nd National Visual Research Contest], organized during the de facto administration of Alejandro Agustín Lanusse (1971-1973), the authorities censured the works that had been awarded grand runner up and first prizes. The government used Executive Decree 5696/71 to exclude the prize-winning works from the exhibition and declare them “unacceptable” due to their “manifest ideological intent.” As a result, neither of the jury’s two prizes was awarded. The government’s decision was condemned by artists and by certain cultural organizations, and led to several lawsuits.

La Opinión, the Argentine newspaper founded by Jacobo Timerman in 1971, was critical of the government and its actions. In 1977 it was closed and expropriated by the de facto regime of Jorge Rafael Videla (1976-81). Hugo Monzón was an Argentine art critic in charge of the Visual Arts Section of La Opinión and director of the Museo de Artes Plásticas [Museum of Visual Arts] Eduardo Sívori.

This document was chosen because it discusses the legal steps taken by the artists in response to the arbitrary decision handed down by the authorities as regards the II Certamen de Investigaciones Visualesheld in 1971.

Cristina Rossi
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Courtesy of the personal archives of Hugo E. Monzón, Buenos Aires, R. Argentina
Biblioteca Nacional de la República Argentina.