Art without Guardianship: Salón Independiente in Mexico, 1968-1971

20 October 2018–24 March 2019

Exhibition Overview


Photograph of Salon members working on mural, c. 1968-70.

One of the most important initiatives that altered artistic practices in Mexico was the Independent Salon. It gave rise to the possibility of group organizations that could develop joint and experimental projects, in addition to strengthening attitudes that challenged the established order.

The exhibition is grounded in research in different archives and aims to carry out historiographic work that documents and reconstructs the three exhibitions organized by the Independent Salon from 1968 to 1970, as a key moment in the transformation of the art world in Mexico.

The Independent Salon brought together artists from heterogeneous aesthetic and political positions, with a proposal that, by establishing a distance with institutions and the commercial gallery circuit, articulated new artistic languages and explored non-traditional media and new options for the consumption of art.

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