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  • ICAA Record ID
    799719
    TITLE
    Un decorado cubista se inauguró en la Preparatoria
    IN
    El renacimiento del muralismo mexicano 1920-1925. -- Mexico City : Editorial Domés, 1985
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 176-177
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    "Un decorado cubista se inauguró en la Preparatoria." In El renacimiento del muralismo mexicano 1920-1925, written by Jean Charlot, 176-177. Mexico City: Editorial Domés, 1985.
    TOPIC DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

During the inaugural ceremony for Diego Rivera’s mural, La creación [Creation], the poet Manuel Maples Arce described the painter as the prototype of the Estridentista artist who would lead the charge on behalf of the insurrection of the visual arts. Part of that insurrection involved organizing a Salón de Independientes. In his speech, Maples Arce referred to the Academy as the “brothel” of pictorial art.

Annotations

Several months before issuing the first Estridentista manifesto, Mexico experienced its first burst of mural painting. This outburst introduced the most important and original wave of aesthetic transformation the country had ever known and it enjoyed the open support of the authorities. There was therefore significance in the speech delivered by Manuel Maples Arce (1898–-1981) at the Escuela Nacional Preparatoria’s Anfiteatro Bolívar, in which he suggested that Diego Rivera (1886–-1957) should lead the Estridentista trend as well as the muralist avant-garde. 

Given the importance of the event, Jean Charlot (1897–-1979) quotes this newspaper article—that appeared in El Universal on March 10, 1923—in his book, El renacimiento del muralismo mexicano 1920-–1925 [The Renaissance of Mexican Mural Painting, 1920–-1925], published in English by Yale University Press (1962).

Researcher
Francisco Reyes Palma
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Credit
© Courtesy of Jean Charlot Estate LLC
Location
Biblioteca Justino Fernández del Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México