“Homenaje Los Nacional A Contemporáneos”

Galerias Del Palacio De Belles Artes

The Mexican avant-garde movement of the ’20s and ’30s known as the “contemporáneos” is a relatively neglected interlude in 20th-century culture, deserving of wider exposure. This exhibition, organized by Carlos Monsiváis, was an attractively designed didactic display that brought to life the aspirations of this small but distinguished group of writers and artists. Fraught with accusations of elitism and radicalism, the controversial history of the movement was detailed through documentary photographs and printed materials as well as books, magazines, paintings, and theater designs. The manifold activities of the “contemporáneos” listed several firsts for Mexico—from the first serious art criticism to the first theatre and cinema clubs devoted to avant-garde productions. Another first was the so-called “little magazines,” like Dial, international and educatory in outlook, and seeking to

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