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  • ICAA Record ID
    785440
    AUTHOR
    Zaldívar, Eduardo
    TITLE
    Berni y el mundo de Ramona Montiel
    IMPRINT
    Buenos Aires, Argentina. : Cooperativa Editorial, septiembre 1963
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – notes
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Zaldívar, Eduardo. "Berni y el mundo de Ramona Montiel." Hoy: en la cultura (Buenos Aires), September 1963.
    GEOGRAPHIC DESCRIPTORS
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Synopsis

Eduardo Zaldívar writes about the Antonio Berni exhibition at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, where the artist presented his series of prints on Ramona Montiel.

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Antonio Berni (1905–81) is one of the most important Argentine artists in the twentieth century. Starting in 1925, he studied in Europe, settling in Paris where he came into contact with the Surrealist avant-garde and communist ideas. Upon returning to Argentina in 1932, he showed his Surrealist works at the Amigos del Arte [Friends of Art]. The following year, he joined the Equipo Polígrafo [Graphic Work Team] founded by David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896–1974). That group made the mural, Ejercicio Plástico [Visual Exercise], in Don Torcuato on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. His Nuevo Realismo [New Realism] theory was based on the idea of a transcendent realism by means of politically and socially committed art.In 1944, he started the Taller de Arte Mural [Mural Art Workshop]. In the fifties, he made paintings about rural workers, especially those from Santiago del Estero, a province in northern Argentina. This gave rise to his narrative series of painting-collages on Juanito Laguna. In 1962, he was awarded the Grand Prize for Prints and Drawings at the Venice Biennale. The following year, Berni began working on a print series on Ramona Montiel. Though he continued working in the media of painting, collage, and printmaking, Berni (who was from Rosario, Argentina) also made objects, installations, and happenings in the sixties and seventies while exploring stylistic variations of figurative realism. 

This document evidences the impact of the Berni exhibition at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires in 1963, after his great success at the XXXI Venice Biennale, where his series of woodcut-collages on Ramona Montiel gained widespread public recognition. In this series, Berni delves further into the narrative aspects of his earlier series on Juanito Laguna, which deals with the working class. In the Ramona series, Berni explores the hardships faced by a prostitute who, due to her trade, comes into contact with all strata of Argentine society (military officials, priests, merchants, and others). 

Researcher
Roberto Amigo.
Team
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Location
Fundación Espigas.