23 X 13 X 13 cm
This sculpture, a creation of sculptor REGO CURTEN, was inspired in the work and personality of the Swiss-Argentine poet Alfonsina Storni, who was born in 1892 and tragically died in 1938.
ALFONSINA competed and was selected as the symbol of the Secretary of Culture of the Municipality of the city of Mar del Plata.

Since 1985, this statuette has been presented annually to singers, directors, and theater actors who win the "JOSE MARIA VILCHES" Award.

It is also given annually as the "Alfonsina Award" to relevant personalities and institutions in the fields of science, culture, and the humanities who are distinguished for their work.

The piece "ALFONSINA" has been selected to distinguish the directors and artists of the "Iº, IIº, y IIIº INTERNATIONAL MOVIE EXHIBIT FOR CHILDREN AND THE YOUTH," which took place in the years 1987, 1988, and 1989.

Susana Rinaldi, Juan Carlos Copes, Raúl Lavié, and cast of "Gotan," receiving their "Alfonsina". (1996)

Jairo with the "Alfonsina" that he earned for his show "Atahualpa by Jairo" (1997).
Betiana Blum and Arturo Bonín with the "Alfonsina" they earned for their work in "Love Letters" (1991).
Ulises Dumont with the "Alfonsina" he received for the piece "Yepeto" (1989)
Norma Aleandro receiving "Alfonsina" for the piece "La Señorita de Tacna" (Lady from Tacna. 1988)
Premio Vilches
Luisina Brando and China Zorrilla receive their "Alfonsina" for the piece "Eva and Victoria" (1993)
Leonor Manzo, honored for her direction of "Waiting for Godot," stands next to sculptor Rego Curten (1998)

Notable people and organizations that possess this work:
•Dr. Jesús Vázquez •Dr. Roberto Willians •Dr. Enrique Bertranou • Cáritas Mar del Plata •I.N.I.D.E.P. •Hospital Materno Infantil de Mar del Plata •Fundación Andar •Dr. Raúl Trucco •Fundación "Un Lugar" •Dr. Celso Aldao •Facultad de Humanidades •Arq. Héctor de Schant, among others..
Artists and directors who possess this work:
•Patricio Contreras •Norma Aleandro •Leonor Manzo •Arturo Bonín •Betiana Blum •Jairo •Ulises Dumont •Susana Rinaldi •Graciela Duffau •China Zorrilla •Luisina Brando •Ricardo Darín •Oscar Martínez •Carlos Gorostiza •Oscar Barney Finn •Germán Palacios, among others.
Concepts about the sculpture "ALFONSINA" from artists, journalists, and intellectuals:

"ALFONSINA" is an extremely beautiful sculpture, which, in addition to its value as the J. M. Vilches Award, has the added value of being a work of art from an excellent Argentine sculptor, Rego Curten. It is so beautiful that, together with the replica of Donatello's "David," it is the only award that is on display in my home.

NORMA ALEANDRO. Theater, movie, and TV actress. Theater director, 1991.

Emerging from the waves, thanks to the magic of the author's imagination, the image of Alfonsina Storni that Rego Curten gives us is proud, arrogant, and incredibly fascinating. Such is the work of this artist, who is as 'porteño' as the poet and, by some coincidence, has chosen to live in the beautiful city that she chose to die in. The work, which was conceived as an award to recognize the trajectory of other artists, is an artistically harmonious piece of art with sculptural moves that delight the eye.

ELVIRA FERNANDEZ ALBOS. Director of the publications "La actualidad en el arte" ("Current Events in the World of Art") and "Lys." Buenos Aires, 1989.

It comes toward me, inevitably powerful and forever beautiful. I love it.

BETIANA BLUM. Theater, movie, and TV actress. Buenos Aires, 1991.

In the summer of 1985, I was the first one to be honored with the "Jose María Vilches" Award for my acting in the play "Accidental Death of an Anarchist" by Dario Fo and for the "cultural contribution to the city of Mar del Plata" that this work had made, as outlined in the bases for selection given by the Secretary of Culture. In addition to getting a big head from receiving so many honors and praise at the time, I brought to my home in Buenos Aires something far more concrete, imperishable, and beautiful: the award itself, this solid bronze sculpture called "Alfonsina" by Rego Curten. Through its concentrated purity and perfection, I find myself in the constant presence of its creator; of Jose Maria Vilches; of Darío Fo; of my loved ones; of the elated faces that I saw that night when I received so much affection; and certainly of Alfonsina Storni, whose dress has given birth to a wave, her wave, which envelops her and is about to close upon itself, protecting her as if it were the mother's womb.

PATRICIO CONTRERAS. Theater, movie, and TV actor. Buenos Aires, 1990.

Actors generally feel pleased and proud when being honored with an award. However, these awards are frequently a sort of punishment because of the statuette or trophy that embodies them. Many of these awards are not very presentable; on the other hand, one can't avoid keeping them and showing them, as they are a reason for pride and represent the affection and respect that many people have toward our work. That is why I think that the J. M. Vilches Award is one of the few exceptions. This award is a work of art by Rego Curten about Alfonsina Storni. In this work of unique beauty and simplicity, one can perceive the rotundity of the world of the immortalized poet as much as the author's.

LEONOR MANZO. Theater, movie, and TV actress. Buenos Aires, 1990.

Human beings have the apparent levity of beauty and are able to bear a sliver of the eternity embodied by the seas. Any artist who can reveal it, such as Rego Curten, should consider himself happy.

PEDRO A. LEGUIZAMON. Writer and journalist, La Capital newspaper. Mar del Plata, 1995.

Rego Curten's Alfonsina beautifully expresses a content that transcends its small size. The author, a creator of large structures, manages to synthesize in his small woman-wave the strength of our seas, fusing it with the image of the spirit of creation and freedom. When this work was entered for the selection process of an image representing the Secretary of Education and Culture of the General Pueyrredón Municipality, it competed against many other proposals by other artists from Mar del Plata. However, after a thorough selection, the verdict was unanimous: Alfonsina almost naturally managed to isolate itself and demand everyone's unconditional attention. Now, the statue has the same effect on us and on anyone who receives it. This is because it is a symbol with artistic excellence that celebrates the quality of the artists who receive it.

GRACIELA M. DI IORIO. Architect, Former Director of the Art Museum "J. C. Castagnino." Former Vice-president of the Cultural Authority of Mar del Plata, 1991.

This sculpture can be described from the point of view of the symbols it contains. One can imagine Alfonsina returning from the sea and death, undefeated by pain and suffering, transcending adversity through love. These were the goals and achievements of the author.

FEDERICO G. PARDUCCI. Architect, former director of Cultural Publications "Integrarte." Mar del Plata, 1991.

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Premio Vilches 1999
• The actors, producers and technical team of "Poder... se puede" (Able... we are able) receive the award "Alfonsina" as Prize Vilches 2010.
Facundo Arana and Nicolás Scarpino with sculpture "Alfonsina" obtained by the play “Poder… se puede”.
Vando Villamil, Mauricio Dayub and
Luis Romero
, actors and director of "The Amateur", winner of Prize Vilches 1998/99, with the sculptor Rego Curten.
Osqui Guzmán and Leticia
González De Lellis
, responsible for
"El Bululú", with the sculpture "Alfonsina", Prize Vilches 2011.