Thecity.mx
< Go Back

Galería de Arte Mexicano (GAM)

Open - Limited Services / Capacity

Galeria Arte Mexicano GAM
Photo courtesy of the GAM Facebook Page

 

The Galería de Arte Mexicano was founded in 1935 by Inés Amor. This was in response to the closing of a temporary exhibit gallery in the Palacio de Bellas Artes. It was the first contemporary art gallery established in Mexico City and has proven essential to the cultural and artistic life of the country. The gallery began by exhibiting the work of artists like Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Miguel Covarrubias, Rufino Tamayo, Frida Kahlo and Agustín Lazo, among many others. The name of the gallery was even suggested by Diego Rivera himself.

The gallery has also been deeply involved with artists and exhibitions held all over Mexico and abroad. The gallery has organized more than 1,500 Mexican and international exhibitions during its 85-year history. The gallery is also home to one of the most complete archives of modern and contemporary art in the country. Included are letters, photographs, worksheets, catalogs, books, and press clippings. The archive is frequently consulted by scholars, researchers and curators from all over the world.

Since its inception, the gallery’s primary interest has been in the promotion and sale of the works of Mexican artists and international artists closely linked to Mexico. Special emphasis has gone into the publication of catalogs, monographs, and books, always with the collaboration of important art critics. The gallery has also been integral to the gestation and support of some of the country’s most important public and private collections.

The Galería de Arte Mexicano is a historical site all on its own. The International Surrealism Exhibition of 1940 proved widely influential. It was organized by the gallery. André Breton presented his lecture series at the gallery’s colonia Juarez location in 1938. But the gallery has never stopped following the most important trends and movements, generation after generation. Art critic Luis Cardoza y Aragón once wrote: “The Galería de Arte Mexicano has evolved along with painting, thus serving, nationally and internationally, contemporary art in Mexico.”

How to get here

Nearby

Saenger Galería

Nearest at 0.10 kms.

Kurimanzutto Gallery

Nearest at 0.22 kms.

Patricia Conde Galería

Nearest at 0.23 kms.

Galería RGR

Nearest at 0.26 kms.

Enrique Guerrero Gallery

Nearest at 0.27 kms.

Related

Frida Kahlo Museum (Casa Azul)

Always one of the most popular museum's in the City, the Casa Azul just keeps getting better.

Salón de la Plástica Mexicana

70 years of often brilliantly evident experience add up to a 20th century you're going to remember.

Leon Trotsky House Museum

One of the 20th century's most enigmatic figures, a Museum to Leon Trotsky is one of the most visited in the city.

Frida Kahlo Park

A surprisingly tranquil corner of an otherwise lively neighborhood, and a must-visit for fans.

Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo

One of the most inspiring 20th century houses in the city, it's an in-depth look at Frida and Diego's universe.

Mexico City

Cultural Capital of the Americas