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  • ICAA Record ID
    733347
    TITLE
    Exposiciones particulares organizadas por la Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes de México : Carlos Mérida
    IN
    Exposición Carlos Mérida : Abierta del 25 de agosto al 10 de septiembre de 1920. -- Mexico City : [s. l.], 1920.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    "Exposiciones particulares organizadas por la Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes de México: Carlos Mérida." In Exposición Carlos Mérida: Abierta del 25 de agosto al 10 de septiembre de 1920. Exh. cat., Mexico City: , 1920.
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Synopsis

Painter Carlos Mérida thanks and praises Alfredo Ramos Martínez, who was then director of the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, for organizing a series of exhibitions that would influence the artistic development of Mexico. In the introduction to his exhibition catalog, Mérida expresses his commitment to creating an art that would be wholly of the Americas. He declares that his works are the result of his observations on the unique character and nature of the Americas, as well as his love for the native art of the past. Mérida also states that his work is intended for those people who are interested in “lo nuestro” [that which is ours]. The catalog also includes comments on his work by critics such as: José Juan Tablada, Francisco Zamora (who went by the nom de plume Jerónimo Coignard), Manuel Horta and the artist Roberto Montenegro, who praise his approach to the “alma autóctona de América” [“indigenous soul of the Americas”] and “arte popular americano” [the folk art of the Americas].

Annotations

The importance of this catalog stems from the fact that it sheds light on Carlos Mérida’s (1891-1984) first exhibition in Mexico City, as well as the interest the artist had in creating an art of the Americas. After Mérida arrived in Mexico from his native country of Guatemala, Alfredo Ramos Martínez (1882-1946) invited him to show his artworks at the Academia de Bellas Artes as part of the program of solo exhibitions. It is important to note that between 1920 and prior to the post-revolutionary period, there was interest in creating an art of the Americas, as well as in incorporating elements of folk art into the visual arts. 

Researcher
Pilar García
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Credit
Courtesy of Alma Mérida, Mexico City, México
Courtesy of Instituto de Investigaciones Filológicas, Universidad Autonoma de México, Mexico City, México

Location
Donación Alma Mérida : Museo Nacional de Arte