The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (MARCO) presents Mario Pani. Architecture in Process, an exhibition that re-examines, from a historical and anthropological perspective, the work of one of the most outstanding Latin American architects of the twentieth century.

The show documents the distinct processes related to his projects: design, construction, interpretation and the reinterpretation of different buildings and urban complexes, making evident his contribution to the change of the physiognomy of many cities of the country as a pioneer of architectural and urban models, so common today, like multifamily structures and condominiums.

As a graduate of the National School of Fine Arts in Paris, Pani introduced these new typologies in a key moment in the development of cities in Mexico, which defined patterns of growth, gave form to public politics, contributed to the consolidation of various institutions and became symbols of an epoch. He is an artist of emblematic buildings and urban planning such as the Multifamiliar Miguel Alemán and the Conservatorio Nacional de Música and Ciudad Satélite, among many others.

The exhibition follows the trajectory of the architect since 1935 starting with his early works, among them is a house for his family at 10 Leija Street, the Balsas and Reforma 334 buildings and various hospitals around Mexico.

Later would come the more grand complexes like the Escuela Normal de Maestros and, together with Enrique del Moral, the joint plan for the Ciudad Universitaria de la UNAM. Together with the multifamily Miguel Alemán apartments and in Juárez, the Santa Fe and Tlanepantla units and the Conjunto Urbano Nonoalco Tlatelolco, all these were important symbols of the Dirección de Pensiones (today ISSSTE), of the IMSS and the BANOBRAS, respectively, as were the spaces in which his objectives and pursuits would be formulated.

Pani promoted the creation of property laws with respect to condominiums in Mexico City, and constructed the first condos in the country, among them the Reforma condominiums in that city; Los Cocos in Acapulco; and, the Acero in Monterrey.

The show, beyond the concept of architecture as a social phenomena, also includes maquettes and urbanist Mexican work plans, documentation that reviews the social environment of his works as well as the influence that he had on the style of life of millions of Mexicans.

Among the documentation is a selection of Mario Pani’s personal archive, initiated by his father and currently taken care of by the Tec Institute of Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. This archive contains thousands of photographs and negatives, many of them by Guillermo Zamora, as well as fourteen albums with a vast number of newspaper clippings in which the architect is mentioned.

There are also videos in the exhibition that were shot expressly for this show, which are testimonials of people who reside in some of the buildings designed by Pani.

Mario Pani. Architecture in Process will be on view to the public from Friday, 21 March to Sunday, 27 July 2014.

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