Thomas Glassford, “Afterglow,” 2010. Exhibition view at Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City. Courtesy Museo Experimental El Eco
Museo Experimental El Eco presents temporary contemporary art projects by Mexican and international artists. It forms part of a group of museums run by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The mission of El Eco is to create a meeting place for the arts. The museum seeks to offer various contexts for new artistic practices and the development of cultural knowledge. Emphasizing experiment, emotion, and interdisciplinary thinking, the space continually takes inspiration from its unique architecture and the diverse conceptual interests of its founder, Mathias Goeritz (1915–1990). Inspired by Cabaret Voltaire and the writings of Hugo Ball, Goeritz sought to create both an international interdisciplinary art space—that would mix visual arts with dance, music, poetry, and theater—and a true Gesamtkunstwerk, or total work of art.
The museum’s contemporary program presents commissioned art projects in its two galleries and bar area. An annual architectural competition, Pavillon Eco, provides younger architects with the opportunity to design an intervention in the museum’s central patio. Additional programs include residencies for artists and curators, from both Mexico and abroad. The museum also commissions dance, performance, music, and poetry projects throughout the year, and sponsors film series and conferences. Through its archivo vivo, El Eco continues to research the legacy of both Mathias Goeritz and the building, expanding their contemporary relevance.