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Jorge Romero Brest

Photo: Alejandro Wolk. Source: MNBA collection.

(Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1905 – 1989) Critic and curator. Jorge Romero Brest served as director of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (1955-1963) and of the Centro de Artes Visuales (CAV) of the Instituto Torcuato Di Tella (1964) in Argentina. He was an associate member of MOMA (New York); vice-president of the Bureau of the Association Internationale des Critiques d'Art (Paris); professor of Aesthetics (Universidad de Buenos Aires) and Art History (Universidad Nacional de La Plata), and part of the international jury of the São Paulo and Venice Biennials. He regularly published articles on art criticism in the magazine La Vanguardia. In 1948, Romero Brest founded the magazine Ver y Estimar. In his writings, he raises the problem of contemporary art, which leads him to participate as a jury member in international art exhibitions. During his time as director of cultural institutions, he promoted the work of abstract artists such as Sarah Grilo, as well as pop art and happenings.