Buenos Aires, Argentina
About the Exhibition
Translated from: www.visualesiuna.com.ar
“The University Extension Department and Student Welfare DAVPP thanks the 318 students who participated in the Call PRILIDIANO PUEYRREDON AWARD 2012. On August 30, we proceeded to the selection of the 66 students who will make up this year’s Award. Jury was composed as follows: Jury Visual Arts Department “Prilidiano Pueyrredón” Monti Carlos Ara Bardelás Jorge Horacio Beccaría Anahí Cáceres García Cape Teodolina Siquier Paul Alexander Thornton Ana Maria Battistozzi (instance Awards) Jury Recoleta Cultural Center: Elio Kapszuk by decision of the jury, the panel awards will be held on September 13, at the Centro Cultural Recoleta, taking the final decision with the work mounted. For this reason, the Awards will be announced at the time of the Inauguration , on Friday, September 14, 19 hours. STUDENTS SELECTED PRIZE PRILIDIANO PUEYRREDON / 2012 edition”
About the Centro Cultural Recoleta
“The Recoleta Cultural Centre (in Spanish: Centro Cultural Recoleta) is an exhibition and cultural events centre located in the barrio of Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina. It holds sculptures and exhibitions, as well as concerts and artistic presentations and workshops of diverse types. in September/October 2006 it held the wildly successful onedotzero festival attracting over 20,000 people in 3 days for installations, live performances, screenings and music.
The building where the cultural centre is located was originally donated to the Franciscans in 1716. The blueprints of the construction were drawn by Jesuit architects Juan Krauss and Juan Wolf, while the design of the façade and interiors are attributed to Andrés Blanqui.
The building, finished in 1732, is one of the oldest in the city. With the arrival of the May Revolution and the declaration of independence during the first part of the 19th century, the building changed purposes. Manuel Belgrano founded a drawing school there, and since the 1870s it served as a shelter for the destitute. Torcuato de Alvear, first mayor of Buenos Aires, beautified Recoleta as well as the cultural centre; Juan Antonio Buschiazzo gave it an Italian style and created the chapel currently used as an auditorium.
The second important renovation took place around 1980 by Clorindo Testa, Jacques Bedel and Luis Benedit, when the building was planned as a cultural centre.:
Due in part to the number of student artists included, the opening of the exhibition was extremely crowded. Some of the artwork was rather predictable and some was inspired. We were pleasantly surprised by the amount of the awards (from 9000 pesos for the winner to 1500 for an honorable mention). All told over 44,000 Pesos (about $11,000) was awarded. The center itself is a great resource for the community. It is rather large and offers programs in all types of creative cultural activities.