El Eco I

El Eco I

Artist: 
Mathias Goeritz
Year:  
1972
Technical specifications: 
Silk-screen print
Dimmensions: 
70,5 x 95 cm
Date of acquisition: 
7 November 2017

 

Mathias Goeritz was born in Gdansk (Poland) and spent his childhood and youth in Berlin, where he studied painting, art history and philosophy. In 1952, he moved to Mexico where his influence was notable in contemporary art, alternating painting with sculpture, becoming the foundation of his creation. In this field, it evolves from expression to abstraction.

El Eco I is a silkscreen inspired by an experimental museum located in Mexico City. The Museum "El Eco" is one of the most significant works of the artist and crucial work in the history of modern Mexican art. The building was inaugurated in 1953 at the request of businessman Daniel Mont and is considered one of the cornerstones of modern art in Mexico. It was intended for various uses, among them, as a gallery, restaurant-bar, theatrical experimentation space, activist headquarters and, nowadays, a university museum.

Mont could not see his project finished  due to his death, and that is why Goeritz did Construcción inacabada o no terminada II, in his tribute, a sculpture with all the characteristics of "emotional architecture". Its shape eludes right angles, symmetry, and static geometry, inviting the viewer's movement in accelerated perspective. Through formal abstraction, integrates the movement of the viewer in order to generate some empathy to ensure the vitality of the forms.