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To strengthen the idea of a modern art museum in Mexico, Carlos Román proposes that the modern and contemporary material accumulated in the warehouses of the Academia de San Carlos be added to the collection. He also suggests allocating public funds for establishing new collections. In addition, the collection would be expanded with the artwork of students at the Escuelas de Pintura al Aire Libre [Open Air Art Schools], one manifestation of the intensive post-revolutionary educational effort.


The first initiative to provide Mexico City with a “Museo de arte moderno americano” [Museum of Modern Latin American Art] in 1927, as proposed by the journal Forma, did not succeed [see doc. no. 794640]. This new proposal called for establishing a “Museo de arte moderno mexicano” [Museum of Modern Mexican Art] based on private investment.

From the perspective of government institutions during this political period, the prevailing trend was to foster monumental public artwork; they had no interest in establishing collections of easel painting or small-format sculpture. This being the case, there was a conflict between two different ways of creating, disseminating and experiencing art.

Francisco Reyes Palma
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Biblioteca Justino Fernández del Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México