31 de Marzo 2015
Bogota’s architectural icons showcased at New York’s MoMA
Bogota’s iconic buildings are part of the exhibition: Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980, at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.
The emblematic Torres del Parque are the centerpiece of the poster of the exhibition and served as a focus for the #ArchiMoMA initiative, which endeavors to include present-day photographs in the exhibition taken by citizens.
Juan Gabriel Pérez, CEO of Invest in Bogota, notes that "Bogota is now in the international spotlight because it’s a boom town, very attractive for business, with a dynamic creative movement, that cares about integrating natural resources with the urban development that characterized it in past decades.”
Bogota’s emblematic buildings are part of the exhibition Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980 at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (the MoMA), which was opened to the public on March 29. Among the buildings are: Torres del Parque by Rogelio Salmona, Edificio SENA and the Facultad de Enfermería of Universidad Javeriana.
The symbolic Torres del Parque have received special attention since they will figure in a model that has been specially made for the exhibition, together with the original drawings and plans loaned by Fundación Salmona. In fact they have been chosen to be one of the promotional images of the exhibition and as a meeting place and architectural focus of Instameet Bogota - a meeting of instagrammer photographers - that was held on Saturday, March 14 in each of the eleven cities selected.
The Instameet is part of the exhibition’s initiative to display prominent buildings in their present-day context and the citizens’ relationship with them, and also to involve the people of each of the cities by inviting them to share their photos with the hashtag #ArchiMoMA.
A selection of the photographs taken by instagrammers will be exhibited during the show, both in viewing rooms and virtually at www.moma.org. They accompany more than 500 drawings and architectural models, photographs and audiovisual material of the period that have never before been put on show together, as well as new models and photographs specially commissioned for the exhibition.
María Elvira Madriñán, wife of Maestro Salmona, will attend the inauguration on behalf of Fundación Salmona and will participate in a discussion group during the Scholars' Day event in the schema of the exhibition.
Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980, prepared by Barry Bergdoll and Patricio del Real, Curator and Assistant Curator respectively, accounts for a period of three decades of the Latin American boom in which urbanism and architecture played an important role as a reflection of ideas for development and progress for cities such as Bogota, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Brasilia and Caracas, among others. According to the MoMA, "During these years, Latin American countries constructed amazing architectural works which have never really been given their rightful place in the annals of modern architecture.”
To date Bogota preserves these architectural landmarks but has given a new meaning to that notion of development, with a focus instead on sustainability and respect for the environment, the use of green mobility solutions such as hybrid buses and bicycles and the appropriation of public space, among others.
Juan Gabriel Pérez, CEO of Invest in Bogota, reminds us that "Bogota is now in the international spotlight for being a boom town, very attractive for business, with a dynamic creative movement - a city that cares about integrating natural resources with the urban development that characterized past decades. With the largest fleet of electric taxis in the continent, its sustainable building boom, a growing fleet of hybrid buses for mass transit and urban renewal projects with the bicycle having the starring role, Bogota is recognized as a smart and trendy city.”