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This document is the Foundation Act for the Centro de Recherche d’Art Visuel [Visual Arts Research Center] (1960). It establishes the group’s intention of deepening personal investigations within the group work, directing the members’ personal capacities toward joint results, and trying to modify the artist’s traditional loner attitude. It also proposes that the center will become a place free of aesthetic, social, or economic pressure.
This act was signed by Hugo Demarco, Francisco García-Miranda, Horacio García-Rossi, Julio Le Parc, François Molnar, François Morellet, Sergio Moyano, Servanes, Francisco Sobrino, Joël Stein, and Jean-Pierre Yvaral. Afterwards, the group that worked in the center was known as the Paris-based Groupe de recherche d’art visuel (GRAV) [Experimental Visual Arts Research Group] and participated in the Nouvelle Tendence [New Tendency] international movement. In 1968, it disbanded and its members continued their visual research and productions independently.
This source documents the founding of the Centre de Recherche d’Art Visuel and explains its objectives, bearing witness to an interest in implementing a teamwork methodology in order to compare results and intensify the break with the traditional artist-genius attitude and the concept of the unique work. It has been selected because it highlights the starting point of the group’s efforts in these areas.