The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art to Exhibit the Ground-Breaking Mexican Architect Tatiana Bilbao

In its 15 years of practice, Tatiana Bilbao Estudio has never felt this exposed. “This show is like being in our underwear; it really undresses us in a way that nothing has done before,” principal Tatiana Bilbao says of The Architect’s Studio–Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, an exhibition about her Mexico City–based architecture firm that opened today at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. The show explores the studio like a monograph come to life, revealing the architect’s process, from hand drawing to collage to model to built work, and its landscape: Loaned artworks from Mexico City’s Museo Nacional de Arte and a cabinet of curiosities from 18 select projects contribute to creating a context representative of Bilbao’s home base.

“The Louisiana Museum is a really beautiful museum but incredibly embedded in the Danish landscape, not only the physical landscape but also in the social, political, and cultural landscapes of Denmark. We operate in a completely different landscape; it’s almost 180 degrees in all the senses. So I asked the curators [Kjeld Kjeldsen and Mette Marie Kallenhauge], how can we re-create our landscape at the Louisiana?” explains Bilbao, who also notes that landscape, or context, “defines her work.”

A vegetation-covered aquarium project in Mazatlan, Mexico, is one of the ongoing projects by Tatiana Bilbao Estudio shown in the new monographic exhibition at the Louisiana Museum of Art in Denmark.Image: Tatiana Bilbao Estudio The result is tripartite. First, visitors are exposed to a bit of Mexico City via its art, and to the way that Bilbao approaches her architectural work, via a hand drawing that extends over the floor and walls of a gallery. In her studio, projects always begin in this manner, with a sketch and a collage of images that sets a mood board and provides historic references. Then, in a shelving construction on the wall, the aforementioned cabinet of curiosities contains project-related objects

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