Carlos Obregón Santacilia, Cornerstone of Mexican Modernity

Visit the exhibit in the Mezzanine of the Banco de México Museum, open from October 30, 2021 to January 30, 2022

The year 2021 marked the 60-year anniversary of the death of Carlos Obregón Santacilia, the prominent architect who remodeled and enlarged the building that is home to this museum. We are honoring him with a commemorative exhibit comprised of drawings and photographs showcasing his outstanding work on the Banco de México headquarters building.

The curatorship involves two thematic categories, through which you can become familiar with the life and work of this acclaimed architect. The first is a portrait of his life, marked by the revolutionary movement and the close friendships he established with figures in the cultural life of Mexico and the world, such as that with the muralist José Clemente Orozco and the poet Pablo Neruda. We include a poem by Neruda dedicated to the architect after his death.

The second key theme is his admirable work as the architect of Mexican modernity, which highlights his contributions to and innovations in the architecture of the era through the Art Deco style and a vision at the vanguard of his time, of which his remodeling of the Banco de México headquarters building is an outstanding example. In this section you can find sketches of the architectural project and photos of the finished building taken by Guillermo Kahlo.

Through this exhibit, the Banco de México Museum opens its doors to the visitor with an invitation to dive into the history of the headquarters building of the central bank, and to become familiar with the work of one of the most important figures in Mexican cultural life, the architect Carlos Obregón Santacilia.