“Desembarco” at The Clemente

The May Revolution of 1810 led to a change of mindset for the people of Argentina and had its sequel six years later with the act of Independence. 2016 marks the Bicentenary of that act, which began the construction of a national identity.


Eduardo Schiaffino, Argentine painter, founded the Encouragement of Fine Arts Society in 1876, which would later become the National Academy of Arts. He was also the creator of the National Museum of Fine Arts and was its director until 1910. But above all, he was the first cultural thinker of Argentina and proof of that was the endless debate he kept, through critical columns in the afternoon newspapers, with the then Spanish artist and critic A. Zul of Prussia.


While Schiaffino maintained that a policy that encourages the consolidation of an art identity was necessary, his Spanish colleague pointed out that art was what was happening in Europe. This led to a duel in December of 1891.


The press declared: “There will be art and art criticism in Buenos Aires when grapes fall from the sky. It’d be good if this case would not create impersonators. Painters shouldn’t take out blood with their brushes.”


Two hundred years have passed since this forming of a nation and its artistic identity has had spasmodical references. Some achieved fame and recognition, but there’s still a long way to go in the consolidation of an identity. Today, the main characters of the artistic field question through their works the construction of that identity.




Start Date

September 5, 2016

End Date

September 29, 2016


03:30 PM - 07:00 PM


LES Gallery at The Clemente, 107 Suffolk Street, 1st Floor, New York, NY 10002

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