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This article reports on the peaceful occupation by student groups of the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes Prilidiano Pueyrredón and its counterpart, Manuel Belgrano, both in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes Manuel Belgrano, students are asking for the immediate implementation of a pilot curriculum and the implementation of a new curriculum for the following year. At the Escuela de Bellas Artes Prilidiano Pueyrredón, students are seeking the resignation of a group of professors, up-to-date teaching materials and a budget increase. They also want immediate steps taken to establish Talleres Totales [Interdisciplinary Workshops] as a key component of the experimental pilot project.


Starting in 1876, the Sociedad Estímulo de Bellas Artes [Association to Promote the Fine Arts] provided arts education and events [for the people of Buenos Aires]. In 1905, a municipal decree transferred the official responsibility for arts education to the Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes [National Academy of Fine Arts]. From then on, the Academy continued that work, though in 1927, its name was changed to the Escuela de Artes Decorativas de la Nación [National School of Decorative Arts]. Still later, it came to be known as the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes Prilidiano Pueyrredón. At different times in Argentine history, students have called for reform of the curricula. But under the de facto government of Lieutenant General Alejandro Agustín Lanusse (1971-73), student protests took a radical turn, leading to actions that were fiercely put down by the military authorities.  

Crónica is an Argentine newspaper founded on July 29, 1969, by Héctor Ricardo García; it is currently a morning daily newspaper.

“Talleres Totales” was the name for a group learning experience initiated at the Facultad de Arquitectura [School of Architecture] in Córdoba. It featured teacher/student groups that facilitated ongoing self-criticism. 

This document was selected as evidence of the differing demands of the occupation at the Escuela de Bellas Artes Prilidiano Pueyrredón and its counterpart, Escuela de Bellas Artes Manuel Belgrano.

Cristina Rossi.
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Archivo Juan Carlos Romero.