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  • ICAA Record ID
    751080
    TITLE
    Manifiesto del Sindicato de Obreros Técnicos Pintores y Escultores, 1923 Dic. 9, México D. F., México / David Alfaro Siqueiros...[et al.]
    DESCRIPTION
    3 leaves
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Typed sheet – Manifestoes
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro et al. "Manifiesto del Sindicato de Obreros Técnicos Pintores y Escultores," 1923. Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City.
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Synopsis

The Manifesto of the Sindicato de Obreros Técnicos Pintores y Escultores (SOTPE) [Technical Workers, Painters, and Sculptors Union] was published in El Machete toward the end of June 1924. It was an attempt to warn the proletariat and the indigenous populations of the imminent military coup in support of a government of the middle class. It expressed both points of view; their side supported an ideological social revolution, the other side stood with the armed middle class. The proclamation expressed pride in the art of the Mexican people, describing it as the healthiest and most spiritual in the world, a bond with their indigenous tradition—their best one. The goal of the manifesto was to explain the fundamental aesthetic objective of the times to socialize artistic expression, encouraging the total extinction of pro-middle class individualism.      

Annotations

In fact, countless researchers mention this manifesto of the SOTPE, but they always quote the same paragraph, the one that discusses the Mexican aesthetic and speaks in favor of public art but against easel painting. An inspection of the document in its entirety, however, also reveals that union members supported a different presidential candidate in the election, General Plutarco Elías Calles.   The proclamation was published in El Machete no. 7 (Second half of June 1924): 4.   

Researcher
Esther Acevedo
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Credit
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City, Mexico
D.R. © 2011 Banco de México, “Fiduciario” en el Fideicomiso relativo a los Museos Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo. Av. Cinco de Mayo No. 2, Col. Centro, Del. Cuauhtémoc 06059, México, D.F.
Location
Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros