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The article covers the exhibition organized by the Galería de Arte Moderno in celebration of its first anniversary. The author comments on the Mexican capital’s vocation toward art, both in terms of diffusion and stimulus. He also mentions some of the shows at the gallery, pointing out that this latest exhibition is of works by eight young artists—all of them students of Rufino Tamayo—and he highlights the group’s tendency toward truly poetic painting.
The article offers important information on the function of the Galería de Arte Moderno, considered to have made one of the first public attempts toward the promotion and diffusion of arts that were independent of the traditional exhibitions organized by the Academia de San Carlos, which at the beginning of the 1930s was known as the Escuela Central de Artes Plásticas. The Gallery was founded by Alfonso Pruneda, general director de Acción Educativa del Departamento del Distrito Federal, DDF [the Educational Initiative of the Mexico City-City Hall], and led by the artists Carlos Mérida and Carlos Orozco Romero. After his 1926 trip to New York, Rufino Tamayo (1899–1991) gave classes at the Escuela de Bellas Artes where he imparted a distinct artistic vision to his students—a perspective more aligned with the European avant-garde and described as “poetic” by the critics of the day.