Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955–1980 - MoMA New York

Leonardo Finotti,


Sport & Wellness, Kindergartens, Bar,


The exhibition offers an overview of 25 years of modern architecture in various Latin American countries, following up on a similar initiative presented at MoMA sixty years ago.

Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955–1980 - MoMA New York

An unprecedented research project presents modern architecture dated 1955 through 1980 in Latin American countries from the Rio Grande to Tierra del Feugo, from Mexico to Cuba and the Cono Sur, at MoMA in New York: more than 500 original projects put together and exhibited for the first time, focusing on 25 years of Latin American architecture not often taken into consideration in the history of modern architecture, which tends to be dominated by European and US architects.

The exhibition offers a historical interpretation of key issues of the day in politically complex areas: from the public sector’s role in providing housing to the role architecture and urban planning have to play in a policy of modernisation and industrialisation in either a capitalist model or a communist society such as Fidel Castro’s Cuba.

Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955–1980 contributes to a new interpretation of modern Latin American architecture, presenting not only films and historical material but new images by Brazilian photographer Leonardo Finotti and models and videos commissioned for the occasion to reveal the spatial inventions contained in certain architectural projects and their exploration of new forms of urban space.

(Agnese Bifulco)

Title: Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955–1980 - MoMA New York
Curator: Barry Bergdoll
Dates: March 29 – July 19 2015
Location: MoMA New York USA
Images courtesy of MoMA New York


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