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What is relevant in this article is that it presents a synopsis of five exhibitions that were held in the Galería de Arte Moderno—which depends on the Dirección de Acción Cívica del Departamento del Distrito Federal [an entity of civic action ruled by the Mexico City-City Hall]—coordinated by Alfonso Pruneda. The review contains information about the inauguration of the exhibitions, the approximate number of visitors, the works sold, and the names of the buyers. It is noteworthy that several of the sold pieces were acquired by the director of the Dirección with the purpose of having them destined for the Museo de Arte de la Ciudad de México.The exhibitions described are by: (1) Rufino Tamayo, (2) María Izquierdo, (3) Escuela de Pintura al Aire Libre de Tlalpan [School of Open-Air Painting in Tlalpan ], (4) Guillermo Toussaint, and (5) Once Fotógrafos Mexicanos [Eleven Mexican Photographers], as well as the first group exhibition for which a public announcement was made. For this exhibition, 40 artists sent their artwork which was exhibited in its entirety. However the jury appointed for this instance declared the First Place vacant.
Both painters Carlos Mérida (1891-1984) and Carlos Orozco Romero headed the Galería de Arte Moderno (GAM) as directors. It was located in the Teatro Nacional and was inaugurated in October 1929 with the exhibition Dosamantes y Magaña. This location lasted for only one year.