With the mission of creating a space to foresee the turns and needs of future artistic movements, the purpose of the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo
(University Museum of Contemporary Art) is to be a post-museum, that is to say, to establish itself as a space that offers the visitor a new way of interacting with art.
The MUAC started construction in 2004, during Juan Ramón de la Fuente´s tenure as head of the university with the aim of becoming one of the best contemporary art spaces in the world. With a total of 14,000 square meters of construction space and an approximate cost of $25 million dollars, MUAC has been conceived as a friendly building which privileges the transparent and well illuminated spaces. The person responsible of designing MUAC is Mexican architect Teodoro González de León, honorary doctor from UNAM, creator of such spaces as the Museo Rufino Tamayo, the National Music Conservatory, the Mexican Hall of the British Museum in London and the Museo de sitio in Chichén Itzá.
So much expectation had been built up that everybody wanted to be there, to walk through the imposing spaces in the building designed by Teodoro González de León and to see the exhibitions. Most visitors started off with the Contemporary art collection, starting in 1952, which in one wall presents Cascade (1978), a monumental installation of nylon stockings made by Martha Palau, then the paintings by Vicente Rojo, from the México bajo la lluvia(Mexico under the rain) series, while large piece made by Jan Hendrix constitute an artistic memory of his work.
Some of the exhibitions with which the museum opened are: Uncontrollable Resources, curated by the recently deceased Olivier Debroise; also the exhibitions The Kingdom of Colossus and The Lines in the Hand, curated by José Luis Barrios and Ximena Acosta respectively as well as Civic Chants by Miguel Ventura.