Aldo Pellegrini (Rosario 1903–Buenos Aires 1973) was a distinguished poet, playwright, essayist, and art critic within Argentinean cultural circles. From the beginning, he was linked to the development of Surrealism, and he also directed various publishing projects. Pelligrini also supported and publicized various aspects of abstract art, promoting some groups such as Artistas Modernos de la Argentina and the Asociación Arte Nuevo.
The Asociación Arte Nuevo was formed at the suggestion of Carmelo Arden Quin; it was composed of nonfigurative artists who came together in order to disseminate the artistic production of this trend via publications, exhibitions and conferences. This group held Salons that were supported by Aldo Pellegrini and that functioned without the choice of admission juries.
The exhibition prefaced by this foreword was held at Galería Van Riel, December 10–22, 1956. The checklist and the foreword by Aldo Pellegrini were reproduced in the Boletín de la Asociación Arte Nuevo [New Art Association Bulletin], issue no. 3, in 1957. The participating artists were Eugenio Abal, Hans Aebi, Manuel Álvarez, Bernal, Berú, Martha Boto, Martín Blaszko, Burghardt, Carlisky, Ceselli, Néstor Corral, Dora de la Torre, Franco Di Segni, Domingo Di Stéfano, Magda Frank, Pedro Gaeta, Julio Gero, Noemí Gerstein, Nahum Goijman, Gina Ionesco, Alex Klein, Larrain, Eduardo Mac Entyre, Rómulo Macció, Sameer Makarius, Francisco Maranca, Martínez Rivera, Marx, Juan Mele, Rodolfo Ostermann, Aldo Paparella, Martha Peluffo, Mabel Rubli, Ana Sacerdote, Kasuya Sakai, Ricarco Sansó, Carlos Silva, Benjamín Solari Parravicini, Osvaldo Stimm, Abraham Taradach, Luis Tomasello, Tomás Towas, Gregorio Vardanega, Miguel Ángel Vidal, and Virgilio Villalba.
This document was selected for the information it provides on the Second Salon held at Galería Van Riel, as well as the formation of Asociación Arte Nuevo as an open movement that was destined to bring together not only painters and sculptors, but also photographers, musicians, and architects.