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The Manifiesto Invencionista [Invention-ist Manifesto] was the brainchild of an Argentinean group that published a flyer in which they declared war to the death on figurative expression. In contrast to the “metaphysics of beauty,” they extolled other artistic approaches: “Concrete art exalts the act of being, because that is what it practices.” This sentence refers to art that functions as an act—more precisely, as an act of invention, as indicated by the group name. The manifesto was originally presented at the Primera Exposición Invencionista at the Salón Peuser in Buenos Aires in 1946.

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Manifesto do grupo argentino Invencionista, que declara morte à representação figurativa. Em lugar de "metafísica do belo", impõe-se "a física da beleza", a exaltação dos "valores concretos" da pintura. "A arte concreta exalta o ser, pois o pratica" - esta frase revela a noção de arte como ato e, mais especificamente, como ato de invenção, como deixa claro o próprio nome do grupo. O manifesto foi divulgado originalmente na primeira exposição invencionista, no Salón Peuser, em março de 1946.
Ilustrado com gravuras de Jorge Souza, Frimaldo Monaco, Lozza e Tomás Maldonado.

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Having written their manifesto, the Buenos Aires group headed by the artist, theoretician, and professor Tomás Maldonado (b. 1922) launched the magazine Arte concreto–invención and the movement of the same name that was founded by his brother Edgar Bayley, his wife Lidy Prati, and the painters Alfredo Hlito, Raúl Lozza, Manuel Espinosa, and many others. The manifesto was clearly influenced by the teachings of the European abstract avant-garde, whose approach was strictly nonfigurative.


The text is ilustrated with prints by Jorge Souza, Primaldo Mónaco, Lozza, and Maldonado.


Joaquim was a limited circulation monthly magazine published from 1946 to 1948 in Curitiba, the capital of the State of Paraná, 500 kilometers south of São Paulo. It was run by young local intellectuals: the future short story writer Dalton Trevisan, Antonio P. Walger, and Erasmo Pilotto. This magazine introduced the Movimiento Invencionista in Brazil. 

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Joaquim é uma revista mensal de arte que circula em Curitiba, Paraná, entre 1946 e 1948, dirigida por Dalton Trevisan, Antonio P. Walger e Erasmo Pilotto.


a- Intercâmbio de idéias e difusão artística entre países do continente

g- Grupos e manifestos

h- Abstração geométrica e arte concreta

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José Augusto Ribeiro
FAPESP, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Edgard Bayley, 1947. Courtesy of Susana Maldonado, Buenos Aires, Argentina