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The exhibition catalog is a curatorial reconstruction of the 1910 exhibition held for the Centennial of Mexican Independence and organized by the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes de México. The study was based on an amassing of graphic materials from magazines and newspapers and a visual examination of paintings reproduced in the press. The fact that no exhibition catalog had been published at the time of the show made it harder to research the 76 related works identified. The programs of the biennial exhibitions had been discontinued since 1899. The first invitation to contribute works to the exhibition covered specific motifs from history to costumbrismo [everyday life]; however, nothing came of this first attempt. Only then was the Sociedad de Pintores y Escultores [Painters and Sculptors Association] established. It was the painters and sculptors who linked their project to the centennial celebrations, although this purpose was never included in the official program under Porfirio Diaz.
The importance of this catalog stems from its use of graphic materials from magazines and newspapers as well as books published for the Centennial of Mexican Independence. Based on these materials, the catalog sought to recreate the exhibition organized by the Sociedad de Pintores y Escultores, guided to some extent by Gerardo Murillo, better known as Dr. Atl (1875-1964). In spite of the obstacles—both its low budget and jurisdiction of the official program of Centennial festivities—Dr. Atl managed to hold a national exhibition in the halls and courtyards of the Academia. The changes observed in this show were a mandatory component of the official historical accounts, which were used in order to link the events of 1910 with the Mexican post-revolutionary movement.