The ‘Los Contemporáneos’ was an art group founded in 1939 in Mexico City by the painters Gerardo Murillo, known as Dr. Atl, and Vicente Rojo Almazán, among others. The group was created with the intention of promoting Mexican art through exhibitions, publications, and educational activities.
The group’s first exhibition was held in 1940 at the Galería de Arte Mexicano. This exhibition included works by Dr. Atl, Rojo Almazán, Rafael Coronel, Fermín Revueltas, Jesse Levitt and Carlos Mérida. The show was a success and led to the publication of the first issue of the group’s magazine, Contemporáneos.
In 1941, the group held its second exhibition, which included works by Dr. Atl, Rojo Almazán, Coronel, Levitt, Mérida, and others. The show was once again a success and led to the publication of the second issue of Contemporáneos.
The group continued to exhibit and publish its magazine until 1946 when it ceased operations.
Today, the work of the Los Contemporáneos is considered to be an important part of Mexican art history. The group’s exhibitions and publications helped promote Mexican art and artists during a time when the country was undergoing a period of political and social upheaval.