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Horacio Coppola

  • Given name:
    Horacio
  • Last name:
    Coppola
  • Date of Birth:
    31-07-1906
  • Place of Birth:
    Buenos Aires (AR)
  • Date of Death:
    18-06-2012
  • Place of Death:
    Buenos Aires (AR)
  • Profession:
    FilmmakerPhotographer
  • Introduction:

    Born in Buenos Aires, Horacio Coppola is one of the photographers who represent modern photography in Argentina.

    Word Count: 17

  • Signature Image:
    Horacio Coppola, "Nocturno. Calle Corrientes desde Reconquista hasta Plaza de la República (centro)", in Buenos Aires 1936: Cuarto centenario de su fundación. Visión fotográfica. Municipalidad de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, 1936 (via Wikimedia Commons).
  • Content:

    Horacio Coppola is one of the photographers who represent modern photography in Argentina. Born in Buenos Aires, he was part of the artistic and intellectual milieu of the city, composed of locals and exiles, such as Victoria Ocampo, Grete Stern, Xul Solar and Gertrudis Chale, among many others. Although he studied law at the University of Buenos Aires, Horacio Coppola was interested in cinema and photography from his youth. His brother, a painter and photographer, played an important role in his early training.
    From his first trip to Europe in 1930-1931 Horacio Coppola brought back a Leica 35 mm camera; from his second trip he brought back a Siemens 16 mm film camera. His fascination with cinema led him to participate in the foundation of the Cine Club Buenos Aires (1929), which operated alongside the Asociación Amigos del Arte (Friends of Arts Association). Coppola became acquainted with avant-garde painters, some of whom, such as Xul Solar and Alfredo Guttero, were close friends. Encouraged by them, he decided to travel to Europe at the end of 1930. During this first four-month stay he visited Germany, Italy, France and Spain. A second trip in 1932 led him to settle for three years in Germany, France and England. In Berlin he attended a workshop on photography given by Walter Peterhans at the Bauhaus. There he met Grete Stern (together with the photographer Ellen Auerbach she run the photo studio Ringl+Pit), who would later become his wife and with whom he would return to his native city in 1935.
    In Buenos Aires, Coppola continued to photograph the cityscape, either spontaneously or in response to commissions. A few months after arriving in Argentina, Victoria Ocampo offered him and Stern an exhibition space for their photographic work. The event was held at Sur magazine in October 1935. Horacio Coppola's photographic work attests to his technical and compositional virtuosity, while at the same time providing a record of the physiognomy and social life of Buenos Aires in the first half of the twentieth century.

    Word Count: 332

  • Media:
    Horacio Coppola, "Bar Madrid sobre la Avenida de Mayo", in Buenos Aires 1936: Cuarto centenario de su fundación. Visión fotográfica. Municipalidad de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, 1936 (via Wikimedia Commons).
    Horacio Coppola, "Plaza de la República. Fiesta de la Bandera (Centro)", in Buenos Aires 1936: Cuarto centenario de su fundación. Visión fotográfica. Municipalidad de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, 1936.
    Horacio Coppola, "Liquidación en una casa de trajes, Buenos Aires, esquina de Bartolomé Mitre y Maipú en 1936", in Buenos Aires 1936: Cuarto centenario de su fundación. Visión fotográfica. Municipalidad de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, 1936 (via Wikimedia Commons).
    Horacio Coppola, "La Avenida Corrientes, recientemente ensanchada sobre su lado sur. Vista desde la cuadra del 1200 hacia el oeste", in Buenos Aires 1936: Cuarto centenario de su fundación. Visión fotográfica. Municipalidad de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, 1936 (via Wikimedia Commons).
  • Bibliography (selected):

    Gorelik, Adrían. “Imágenes para una fundación mitológica. Apuntes sobre las fotografías de Horacio Coppola.” Punto de vista, no. 53, November 1995, pp. 20–25. Archivo Histórico de Revistas Argentinas, https://ahira.com.ar/ejemplares/53/. Accessed 20 April 2021.

    Príamo, Luis. “El joven Coppola.” Horacio Coppola. Los Viajes, exh. cat. Galería Jorge Mara – La Ruche, Buenos Aires, 2009.

    Word Count: 58

  • Archives and Sources:

    Coppola, Horacio. Buenos Aires 1936: Cuarto centenario de su fundación. Visión fotográfica. Municipalidad de Buenos Aires, 1936.

    Coppola, Horacio. Buenos Aires 1936: Cuarto centenario de su fundación. Visión fotográfica. Municipalidad de Buenos Aires, 1937.

    Word Count: 36

  • Author:
    Laura Karp Lugo
  • Exile:

    Buenos Aires, Argentina (1906–1932), Germany (1932–1935), Buenos Aires, Argentina (1935–2012).

  • Known addresses in Metromod cities:

    Calle Hilario Ballesteros 1054, Villa Sarmiento district, Morón (often attributed to Ramos Mejía) (residence), Avenida Corrientes 3148, approximately, Almagro, Buenos Aires.

  • Metropolis:
    Buenos Aires
  • Laura Karp Lugo. "Horacio Coppola." METROMOD Archive, 2021, https://archive.metromod.net/viewer.p/69/2950/object/5138-7584207, last modified: 03-09-2021.
  • Gyula Kosice
    SculptorPoet

    Born in Kosice (Slovakia), the four-year-old future artist Gyula Kosice reached Buenos Aires by ship in 1928. He forged ties of friendship with Grete Stern, Horacio Coppola and other artists.

    Word Count: 29

    Gyula Kosice in his workshop, Fundación Kosice, Buenos Aires (© Fundación Kosice, Buenos Aires).
    Gyula Kosice and his work, Fundación Kosice, Buenos Aires (© Fundación Kosice, Buenos Aires).Gyula Kosice, Pintura Madi A-3, 1946, 64 x 39 cm. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires.Gyula Kosice, Pintura Madí - Círculo Celeste, 1946, varnish on canvas, 89 x 68 cm. Museo Kosice, Buenos Aires (Photo: Max Pérez Fallik, © Fundación Kosice, Buenos Aires).Gyula Kosice, Sobre Relieve, 1948, neon gas, 65 x 37,5 x 17 cm. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires (Photo: Max Pérez Fallik, © Fundación Kosice, Buenos Aires).Gyula Kosice, Homenaje a Moholy Nagy, 2009, moving water, neon gas, moving LED light, Plexiglas, Museo Kosice, Buenos Aires (Photo: Max Pérez Fallik, © Fundación Kosice, Buenos Aires).Gyula Kosice, Gota de Agua Móvil con LEDS, 2012, moving water, moving LED light, plexiglass, 71 x 52 x18 cm. Private collection (Photo: Max Pérez Fallik, © Fundación Kosice, Buenos Aires).
    Buenos Aires
    Victoria Ocampo
    Writer

    Victoria Ocampo was one of the most influential intellectuals in Argentina. Her home became a key meeting place for exiles and locals and deeply impacted the artistic milieu.

    Word Count: 28

    "Nuestras damas intelectuales. Señora Victoria Ocampo." El Gran Mundo. Revista Social y de la Moda, year 1, no. 1, 30 April 1928.
    "La mujer y la constitución. Opina Victoria Ocampo." El Hogar, year LIV, no. 2478, 31 May, 1918, p. 18.
    Buenos Aires
    Gertrudis Chale
    Painter

    Gertrudis Chale was an Austrian painter based in Buenos Aires, where she achieved integration into the local art scene and spent years travelling throughout the region.

    Word Count: 26

    Gertrudis Chale, Bocacalle de Sarandí, 1940, tempera, 62 x 74,5 cm. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires.
    Gertrudis Chale, India con collar, oil, 54 x 40 cm. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires.Gertrudis Chale, Indias, 1946, ink on paper, 38 x 29,5 cm. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires.Brughetti Romualdo. "Presentación de Gertrudis Chale." Correo Literario, year II, no. 23, 15 October 1944, p. 4.
    Buenos Aires
    Grete Stern
    Photographer

    Grete Stern is one of the photographers that represent modern photography in Argentina. Her house in Ramos Mejía was a meeting place for local and foreign artists and intellectuals.

    Word Count: 30

    Grete Stern, Autorretrato, 1943, photograph, 21,9 x 30,5 cm. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires (© The Estate of Horacio Coppola/Galería Jorge Mara • La Ruche, Buenos Aires).
    Grete Stern, Photomontage for Madí, Ramos Mejía, Argentina, 1946–47, Gelatine silver print, 59.8 x 49.4 cm. (via Wikimedia Commons, © The Estate of Horacio Coppola/Galería Jorge Mara • La Ruche, Buenos Aires).Grete Stern, María Elena Walsh, 1947, photograph, 24,5 x 20,5 cm. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires (via Wikimedia Commons, © The Estate of Horacio Coppola/Galería Jorge Mara • La Ruche, Buenos Aires).
    Buenos Aires
    Luis Seoane
    PainterMuralistIllustratorLawyer

    Luis Seoane is an artist mainly known for his murals, paintings and illustrations. He spent his childhood and youth in Galicia, before settling in Buenos Aires in 1936.

    Word Count: 27

    Luis Seoane painting the mural Los Músicos at Galería Santa Fe in Buenos Aires, 1953 (Díaz Arias de Castro 2019, 24 and via Wikimedia Commons).
    Luis Seoane, Emigrantes, 1953, oil on canvas, 108 x 80 cm. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires.Luis Seoane, Fascimo, cover of Unidad por la Defensa de la Cultura, no. 2, September 1937. CeDInCI, Buenos Aires.
    Buenos Aires
    María Elena Walsh
    PoetSong-writerSinger

    María Elena Walsh was an Argentine singer-songwriter, musician, writer, composer and poet who left her mark on several generations of Argentines through songs such as Manuelita and La Reina Batata.

    Word Count: 31

    Argentine writer María Elena Walsh signing copies of her books at "El Ateneo" bookstore, 1962. Archivo General de la Nación, Buenos Aires (via Wikimedia Commons).
    Grete Stern, María Elena Walsh, 1947, photograph, 24,5 x 20,5 cm. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires (via Wikimedia Commons, © The Estate of Horacio Coppola/Galería Jorge Mara • La Ruche, Buenos Aires).
    Buenos Aires
    Arte Madí Photomontage
    Photomontage

    Conceived in 1947 as the logo of the Arte Madí group, this photomontage was devised by two masters of the Argentinian avant-garde, Gyula Kosice and Grete Stern.

    Word Count: 26

    Grete Stern, Photomontage for Madí, Ramos Mejía, Argentina, 1946–47, Gelatine silver print, 59.8 x 49.4 cm. (via Wikimedia Commons, © The Estate of Horacio Coppola/Galería Jorge Mara • La Ruche, Buenos Aires).
    Buenos Aires
    Buenos Aires 1936. Visión fotográfica
    Photobook

    For the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the foundation of Buenos Aires, photographer Horacio Coppola was commissioned by its municipality to portray the city.

    Word Count: 25

    Horacio Coppola, Buenos Aires 1936: Cuarto centenario de su fundación. Visión fotográfica. Municipalidad de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, 1936.
    Horacio Coppola, "La Avenida Corrientes, recientemente ensanchada sobre su lado sur. Vista desde la cuadra del 1200 hacia el oeste", in Buenos Aires 1936: Cuarto centenario de su fundación. Visión fotográfica. Municipalidad de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, 1936 (via Wikimedia Commons).Horacio Coppola, "Nocturno. Calle Corrientes desde Reconquista hasta Plaza de la República (centro)", in Buenos Aires 1936: Cuarto centenario de su fundación. Visión fotográfica. Municipalidad de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, 1936 (via Wikimedia Commons).Horacio Coppola, "Plaza de la República. Fiesta de la Bandera (Centro)", in Buenos Aires 1936: Cuarto centenario de su fundación. Visión fotográfica. Municipalidad de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, 1936.Horacio Coppola, "Bar Madrid sobre la Avenida de Mayo", in Buenos Aires 1936: Cuarto centenario de su fundación. Visión fotográfica. Municipalidad de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, 1936 (via Wikimedia Commons).Horacio Coppola, "Liquidación en una casa de trajes, Buenos Aires, esquina de Bartolomé Mitre y Maipú en 1936", in Buenos Aires 1936: Cuarto centenario de su fundación. Visión fotográfica. Municipalidad de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, 1936 (via Wikimedia Commons).
    Buenos Aires
    Ellen Auerbach
    Photographer

    When she arrived in New York in 1937, the German-born photographer Ellen Auerbach (formerly Rosenberg) had already passed through exile stations in Palestine and Great Britain.

    Word Count: 25

    Ellen Auerbach, Selbstportrait, cropped detail (Ellen Auerbach auf einer Liege sitzend, sich selbst im Spiegel fotografierend), New York 1950 (©Akademie der Künste, Berlin / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021).
    Ellen Auerbach, Selbstportrait. (Ellen Auerbach auf einer Liege sitzend, sich selbst im Spiegel fotografierend), New York 1950 (©Akademie der Künste, Berlin / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021).Cover of Life magazine, with image Two Years Old by Ellen Auerbach, Life, 28 November 1938 (Photo: Helene Roth).The dancer Renate Schottelius photographed by Ellen Auerbach ( "Ellen Auerbach - Robert Mann Gallery" by Erika_Herzog is licensed under CC BY 2.0).
    New York
    Asociación Amigos del Arte
    Association

    Founded in 1924, the Asociación Amigos del Arte (Friends of the Arts Association) was a central organisation within the artistic milieu in Buenos Aires and became a relevant space of exhibition.

    Word Count: 31

    "Los amigos del arte." Aconcagua, vol. 4, no. 11, December 1930, p. 67.
    "En el Salón Asociación Amigos del Arte." Fray Mocho, no. 708, 17 November 1925.
    Buenos Aires
    Sur
    Magazine

    In 1931, Victoria Ocampo founded Sur, a literary magazine and publishing house aligned with the anti-fascist cause, which was to become a major hub for intellectual exchanges in Buenos Aires.

    Word Count: 29

    Cover of Sur, no. 307, July–August 1967.
    Buenos Aires