One of the masters of 20th-century architecture in Latin America: transparency and ambiguity in the work of an artist with an inner drive for atonement.
Long overlooked by critics, recently Barrágan has finally reached the center of attention. This volume, the first complete survey of his works, probes the premises behind his work and observes the results in the context of the events that marked the history of Mexico starting in the 1920s, exploring cultural connections and identifying the less obvious motivations, those Barrágan himself intentionally concealed.
His activity is carefully evaluated through the multitude of ideas, experiences and architectural proposals contained in his projects and writings. Starting with a considerable quantity of materials, some of which never before published, the image prepared by Barrágan emerges, that deliberate overlapping of truth and fiction, transparency and ambiguity, delicacy and perversion aimed at misleading the audience to which he presented himself.