Andrés Duprat: “The art world accepts any criticism because it does not have a consequence in real life”

Book Fair 2022 – Andres Duprat

Andres Duprat: architect, screenwriter and director of the National Museum of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires. How do all these passions come together? He talked a little about this with Patricia Kolesnicov in the Leamos space of the Buenos Aires Book Fair.

The screenwriter of films like The man next door, the last frontier, the distinguished citizen y My masterpiece, among others, supported: “I live everything as if it is communicated. Architectural practice has to do with script writing, a plan is a guide that is carried out, and the screenwriter puts together a story that the directors carry out. My interests that I find in my life as an architect, as a person who is interested in literature, visual arts, cultural management and what my films tell are closely related”.

“In that sense, he commented that his films are around his “life experience”: “It is a bit of auteur cinema in the sense that they are experiences that one conjures up by making a script” and added that when creating “you don’t have to taken so seriously, self-criticism is necessary, especially in the world of art”.

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Then, he referred to his current job at the head of the most important museum in the country: “The world of art is the last different refuge from a life that is all normalized, with hierarchies. It’s a world of freedom, an impertinent 18-year-old kid shows up and passes the rag to someone who has been working. In the normal working world there are rules, they are respected, they make efforts to comply, to do their job well”.

And regarding contemporary art, he maintained that one is never “an authority”, since “it is renewed” and if it is believed that one has “a certainty in 10 years you will be old” and that “it requires a youthful, curious spirit”.

“The art world admits any criticism because it has no consequence in real life. It could be believed that art makes revolutions, changes, but in reality it does not happen”. And he added: “My fight is against the academy, with the mediators who explain to you, with that ‘I studied, I’m going to explain what you have to understand.’ With contemporary visual arts it is the norm, people go and look for the text to analyze it”.

Watch the entire talk in the video.


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