Barragán Gallery, Vitra Schaudepot, GERMANY
The Barragan Foundation has been caring for the estate of Luis Barragán (1902-1988), widely regarded as the most important Mexican architect of the 20th century. The archive material was recently moved to the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein, Germany. Luis Barragán drew international attention with his first works in his hometown of Guadalajara. After moving to Mexico City in 1935, he developed his architectural language, combining international modernism with traditional elements of Mexican culture and landscape. Significant works by Luis Barragán include Jardines del Pedregal (1945–1952), his own house and studio (1948), and the residential developments of Las Arboledas (1957–1962) and Los Clubes (1961–1966). In 1980, Barragán was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize.
The archive at the Vitra Campus includes 13,500 sketches, drawings, plans, and papers; almost the same number of photographic prints, slides and negatives; as well as models, furniture and miscellaneous items.
Photo of the project by Luis Barragán and Andrés Casillas Cuadra San Cristóbal, Los Clubes, Atizapán de Zaragoza (Greater Mexico City), 1966-1968. Equestrian complex with horses and granary in the background, photographed by Armando Salas Portugal. © Barragan Foundation / VG Bild-Kunst,Bonn 2023 . Vitra Design Museum