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Under the title of “Manifiesto Sintetista Actualizado” [Manifesto of Synthetism Today], this document is an invitation to Puerto Rican critics to get acquainted with the space used by the M.S.A. (Manifestación Sintetista Actualizada) [Manifestation of Synthetism Today]. It refers to the mixing of media in this artistic exhibition space, as well as [the development of] the artistic intentions and purposes of the M.S.A. itself.
The Galería M.S.A. (Manifestación Sintetista Actualizada) was established in Old San Juan by Teo Freytes and Yrsa Dávila on the fifth floor at calle San Francisco 266, as a space where visual arts would be presented side-by-side with dance, theater, video, and poetry. Within this space, there would be no labeling of works by genre, since the M.S.A. considered everything to be art; which is why no censorship was applied. In addition to holding events to run parallel with exhibitions, the space was used to introduce the work of young and emerging artists of Puerto Rico.