Latin America in Construction

John Hill
24. March 2015
All photographs by John Hill/World-Architects

World-Architects got a sneak peek of the exhibition Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980, opening at the Museum of Modern Art on the 29th of March.

Latin America in Construction is the last exhibition by MoMA curator Barry Bergdoll, who stepped down from his post at the end of 2013 (his successor is Martino Stierli). It is an impressive show, on par with the museum's 2013 Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes. Bergdoll's historical show comes 60 years after MoMA's last survey of Latin American architecture, and it fills a void in the lack of understanding and appreciation of the amazing output since. These photos should give an indication of the scale and quality of the show, but a visit is highly recommended for a full appreciation.

Model of Faculdade de Arquitectura e Urbanismo, Universidade de São Paulo (1969) by João Batista Vilanova Artigas and Carlos Cascaldi in foreground
Model of Headquarters for the Banco de Londres y América del Sur, Buenos Aires (1966) by Clorinda Testa and SEPRA Arquitectos
Three of the numerous large-scale models made for the exhibition
Model of Cultural Center San Martin (1964) in Buenos Aires by Mario Roberto Alvarez
Peering into the gallery devoted to houses for architects; the large photograph is Henry Klumb's own house (1950) in Puerto Rico
At the entrance to the exhibition is the "Development Equation" (1960) by Carlos Gomez Gavazzo

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