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rebuilding Buenos Aires

FOR A TIME AT the beginning of the ’60s, Buenos Aires felt a little closer to the rest of the world. A growing and febrile community of visual artists had for once reduced the city’s proverbial geographic and aesthetic isolation from the international scene. Then, following the coup d’état of 1966 and subsequent military dictatorship, it became clear that contemporary art—particularly Conceptual art, which had been overtly politicized in Argentina—would not be encouraged. For almost two decades the art scene lay stagnant.

The country returned to democracy in 1983, but the process of rebuilding an artistic community with international links has been slow. Luckily, in the last several years the pace has accelerated, and a number of Buenos Aires–based modern-and contemporary-art institutions—some public, some privately operated—have emerged.

One of the catalyzing events was the appointment of

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