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A Visit to Luis Barragn House

Date     09/09/2009 - 01/24/2010
         Hour: 11:00 - 19:00 (11:00-21:00 on Wednesday)
Entrance Fee Adult 1000 yen, Student under 25 years old 800 yen,       
         available throuout the exhibition
Organizer  Wata-um Museum,
        Ministry of Foreign Affair in Mexico,
        Casa Luis Barragan
Cosponsor  AeroMexico
Suponsor   Embassy of Mexico

Special Support Condesa Df Hotel   

Support     Mexico Tourism Board
Installation Support  
         GREEN WISE Co.,Ltd.,
         TOLI Corporation,
         Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co., Ltd.

         Junichi Ohfusa
Exhibits Cooperation
         Collection of Casa Prieto Lopez
Exhibition Plan Kazuyo Sejima and RYue Nishizawa/SANAA
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My architecture is autobiographical. Underlying all that I have achieved, I share the memories of my fatherOs ranch where I spent my childhood and adolescence. In my work I have always strived to adapt to the needs of modern living the magic of those remote nostalgic years.
                             (from Barragan's at the Pritzker Prise in 1980)

Luis Barragan (1902-1988) is one of the greatest representive architects in Mexican. His architectures including essences such as unique color, composition of walls like abstruct art and garden full of good command of water and light display an icon of modern architecture and are loved by many people in the world.

Barragan was born in a wealthy landlord family in Guadalajara, the second biggest city in Mexico where its tradition strongly remained. In his childhood, he grew up, surrounded by calm Mexican climate, spending a long time in his father's ranch and having a vacation near from Lake Chapala. After graduating from college where he majored in civil engineering,  he took a long trip to Europe. During the trip, he discovered Mediterraneanism as a his root, and  had a strong impact to see the architecture by young Le Corbusier.

In this exhibition, we focus on "Luis Barragan House," which became his turning point to transfer his International Style into his own Barragan Style. In his "House," emotional time of Mexico and simple and refined spaces provide a perfect and beautiful harmony. The exhibition includes a window pane that looks like a cross, golden shining light, a dining room which is all colored pink as Bougainvillea flower, a roof terrace which cuts off the sky, and a lot of the original artworks by Barragan's beloved friends such as Mathias Goeritz (sculptor), Chucho Reyes (painter) and so on.

With the exhibition plan created by Ms. Kazuyo Sejima and Mr. Ryue Nishizawa/SANAA who is working internationally in this present world, "Luis Barragan House" will be re-created entirely. Many objects included original furniture and antiques which still are displayed in "Luis Barragan House" will be carried into our museum thanks to a special cooperation of Casa Luis Barragan.

We are waiting to see you in this enchanting "Luis Barragan House."
Please enjoy a relaxing time over a cup of Mexican tea, watching our garden.


<Profile>Luis Barragan

Born in landlord family in Guadalajara
Entered into Universidad de Guadarajala, majoring in civil engineering. In 1923, he graduated from school.
1925-27 Took a trip to Europe including Spain,
  France and Morroco. In France at International Exposition, he met a French writer and landscape architect, Ferdinand Bac.
1927 Started his career as an architect, mainly on dwelling in Guadalajara
1929 Completed House of Cristo and House of Gonzalez Luna.

After staying in New York for a couple of months, he took the second trip to Europe. He attended a lecture by Le Corbusier in Paris and learned modernism architecture.
1935 Moved to Mexico City. He designed the architecture following international style until 1940.
1936 Lose land the family owned in Guadalajara due to an agricultural land reform.
1940 Started designing the first house of his own (present House of Ortega) in Mexico City and completed in 1943.
1947 Started designing the second House next to House of Ortega.

Launched an urban project to build residential areas in El Pedregal de San Angel, a lava plateau out in the south of Mexico CIty.
1952 Started designing a Chapel in Tlalpan in the south of Mexico City and completed in 1960.
1957 Designed Satellite Tower in central island in highway, working together with a sculptor, Mathias Goeritz.

Designed House of Gilardi until 1977.

1976 Museum of Modern Art in New York organized personal exhibition of Luis Barragan.
1980 Won the Pritzker Architecture Prize.
1988 Died in house at 86.
2004 House of Luis Barragan was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.



1. Talk and Symposium

■08/21 Friday from 18:00 to 19:30
Visiting House of Luis Barragan

Armando Chavez Cervantes (Representative of Casa Luis Barragan)
Catalina Corcuera Cabezut (Casa Luis Barragan Director)
Mazuyo Sejima (Architect)
Ryue Nishizawa (Architect)

Facilitator: Etsuko Watari (Curator at Watari-um)

Invited people from Casa Luis Barragan, we will talk about universality and significance House of Luis Barragan has toward international culture today. In addition, Ms. Sejima + Mr. Nishizawa/SANAA, who ar eincharge of exhibition plan, will talk about all along the way to re-creation of Barragan's House in the museum


■09/18 Friday, from 19:00 to 21:00
Modernism in Mexico
Speaker: Kouji Tagi (critic)

A house for Frieda Carlo and Diego Rivera, designed by Juan Ogorman in 1931, could be an excellent clue to think of Mexican identity. What kind of effect did Western Modernism bring in Mexican expression? This is a lecture to give you some ideas to take a deep look at this exhibition of Barragan's House.



■10/16 Friday, from 19:00 to 21:00
Traditional and contemporary essence in architecture
Toyoo Ito
Teodoro Gonzalez de Leon
Arberto Kalach
Jose Kuri
Facilitator: Guillermo Eguiarte (Director of Mexico Tourism Board)

Teodoro Gonzalez de Leon is a Mexican architect who designed El Colegio de Mexico in 1975, Museo Tamayo in 1981 and won the gold medal of International Union of Architects (UIA) in 2008. In Mexico City, a new space for contemporary art called "Kurimanzutto" has been gathering people's attention. This time, we invite Jose Kuri, the owner of Kurimanzutto, and Arberto Kalach, the architect who designed the building of Kurimanzutto. A Japanese architect Toyoo Ito will join in this event, too.


Fee: 1,500 yen for each. (A reservation required)

Fee with an exhibition ticket: 2,000 yen (A reservation required. Ticket is only valid for the said person.)

Place: The Embassy of Mexico Annex 5F Hall (Espacio Mexicano)
                  2-15-2 Nagata-cho Chiyoda-ku
5 mins from Akasaka Mitsuke station, 6 mins from Nagata-cho station.

Please refrain from referring to the Embassy directly


Please send us the following information below via E-mail or FAX.
The name of event you would like to attend
Your name
The number of people who will attend
Your contact information (Address, Telphone number, FAX or E-mail)

E-mail: official@watarium.co.jp
FAX: 0334057714

Your reservation would be completed after payment. You can either pay the total amount of fee at reception of Watari-um or deposit into our account.

Bank Name: Mitsui Sumitomo Bank, Aoyama Branch
Bank Number: Ordinary Account 1033281
Account Name: Watari-um Museum

If you pay by depositing into our account, please keep your "deposit statement" from the bank and bring it to the Embassy of Mexico. We will exchange it into a event ticket.

For inquiries, please contact Watari-um.
Tel: 03-3402-3001
E-mail: official@watarium.co.jp

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2. Tour: A visit to house of architect

■10/17 Saturday
Yoshiharu Tsukamoto (Atelier One) and House and Atelier One (2005)

The works by Atelier One always starts with observing cities, societies and people. We visit "House and Atelier One" which was built for a residence and an office as well. This building won the GOOD DESIGN AWARD in 2007.

■11/07 Saturday
Terunobu Fujimori and Dandelion House (1995)   FULL

Terunobu Fujimori is a Japanese architect and also an architecture historian built his house called "Dandelion House" where he planted Dandelion on the roof. This house with the great use of a nature material gathered a lot of attention widely, over architecture world. This time we will visit another Fujimori's representive house called "Copper House."

■11/28 Saturday
Rie Azuma and House of Tower (1966)

"House of Tower" is one of the representive architecture by Takamitsu Azuma in his early period. This architecture with concrete surface built in 1960s was a pioneer in the urban residence and provided huge influence on the following many residential architecture.



Fee: 2,000 yen for each. (A reservation required)
Fee with an exhibition ticket: 2,500 yen (A reservation required. Ticket is only valid for the said person.)
Meeting and leaving at the spot.
Further information including meeting place and time will be sent to those who apply to this workshop.
Please refrain from referring to visiting places directly.




Dialogue experiment between 15 architects and 15 artists

09/03 Thursday: 「Upgrade」 Jo Nagasaka (Architect) ×Ryosuke Uehara                        +Yoshishige Watanabe (D-BROS)

09/10 Thursday: 「Right Here Right Now」  Hideyuki Nakayama (Arxhitect)×
                       Masayoshi Tominaga (Film Director)

09/17 Thursday: 「Editing the Environment」 Hiroshi Namamura (Architect)×Teppei                        Kaneuji (Contemporary Artist)

09/24 Thursday: 「Sense of the Polar Region」 Junya Ishigami (Architect)×
                       Naoki Ishikawa (Contemporary Artist)

Futher schedule and lecturers would be updated here soon.

Coordination, Planning: Teppei Fujiwara
Planning Support: Kaori Kanemori, Maho Masuzaki, Chiako Kudo

Place: Watari-um

15 lectures, Thursday, from 20:00-
Date: From 3rd September, 2009 to 24th December
Fee: 500 yen for each (Please pay fee at the reception of Watari-um on that day you would attend. The exhibition ticket is required.)






Special Publication for A Vist to Luis Barragan House

"Light in Mexico, House of Luis Barragan"
Spirited architects talk about Luis Barragan. A lot of new pictures included.

Published by Shincho-sya publishing company
Editted by Watari-um
Supported by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa
A5 size, 128 colored pages
Sale on 25th November 2009

Price: 1,680 yen (tax included)

e-mail: official@watarium.co.jp