In 1960 and a few months after having created the Centro de Arte del Instituto Torcuato Di Tella (ITDT) [Art Center of the Torcuato Di Tella Institute]—directed by a Council made up of Lionello Venturi, Ricardo Camino, Guido Di Tella and Jorge Romero Brest—the ITDT Prize was made possible. The purpose of this center was to cooperate in the diffusion and promotion of the visual arts, and to keep in contact with other centers connected with production at both a national and an international level. Within this context, the Premio ITDT [ITDT Prize] was created in order to provide an opportunity for young Argentinean artists to enrich their experience abroad; nevertheless, its creation did not just allow for the awarding of the grant-prize, but also it spurred the circulation of international art in the local arena, becoming an important reference point for the visual arts renaissance of the time. This prize was awarded to national or international artists, with some variation depending on the year in question, until 1967. Beginning that year, it changed its name and became Experiencias Visuales [Visual Practices], and then just Experiencias [Practices] in 1968 and 1969.
This document shows the choices made in the operation of the ITDT Prize and illustrates both the commitment of Jorge Romero Brest, then the director of the Art Center, to consult his colleagues, as well as to gather the opinions sent about possible participating artists. Among those consulted, besides Rafael Squirru, were other acclaimed critics like Cayetano Córdova Iturburu, Manuel Mujica Láinez, and Hugo Parpagnoli.