Author: María Amalia García
Language: English and Spanish
Publication date: January, 2011
Tomás Maldonado (1922, Buenos Aires, Argentina), achieved international recognition for his work at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Ulm, Germany, one of the most important European schools of design since the Bauhaus where he was professor and rector from 1954–1967, and for his iconic industrial designs such as those he created for the Italian firm Olivetti. Less known is his pioneering role as one of the founders of Arte Concreto-Invención, an Argentinean avant-garde movement characterized by the use of irregular frames, geometric shapes, and a systematic approach to art making. In Tomás Maldonado in Conversation with María Amalia García, Maldonado discusses his early work with the avant-garde art movements in Argentina during the 1940s and 50s and his search for a rationalist approach that would later lead him to the world of architecture, design and aesthetic theory.
His interlocutor María Amalia García, is a researcher at the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research at the Julio E. Payró Institute for the Theory and History of Art [Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas at the Instituto de Teoría e Historia del Arte “Julio E. Payró,”] Universidad de Buenos Aires, who specializes in abstract art from Argentina and Brazil. Alejandro Crispiani, a professor in the Department of Architecture, Design, and Urban Studies at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile contributed an introductory essay on Maldonado and the idea of the “project” as a driving force in his art and design.
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