Exhibition Opening: Domestic Monument

Event, in English, Paul-Desmarais Theatre and Shaughnessy House, 22 February 2024, 5:30pm to 9pm

Join us for the curators’ talk and panel discussion for the opening of Domestic Monument, the third installment of the 2023–2024 Out of the Box exhibition series, dedicated to the works of Amancio Williams (1913‒1989), one of the key figures of modern architecture in Latin America. The curators of this exhibition, Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen of Pezo von Ellrichshausen, will present their research and reflections on the idea of domestic monumentality in Williams’s work through two key projects—Casa Sobre el Arroyo [House over the brook] and Casa Demarás [Desmarás house]—at 5:30pm.

After their presentation and to mark the final chapter of the series, they will be joined on stage by the curators of the two previous exhibitions for a panel discussion. Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen, the architects Gilles Delalex and Yves Moreau of Studio Muoto (Paris), the historian Claudia Shmidt (Buenos Aires), and Claudio Williams (Buenos Aires), son of Amancio Williams, will share their different readings and perspectives on the architect’s work and archives.

The gallery will open at 5pm and the event will conclude with a celebration in the Shaughnessy House, from 7:30pm to 9pm.

Donated to the CCA by the Williams family in 2020, the archive includes the vast output of projects and proposals produced by Amancio Williams’s office over several decades from the 1940s through 1980s through drawings, photographs, correspondence, and models.

Pezo von Ellrichshausen is an art and architecture studio founded in 2002 by Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen. They live and work in southern Chile, sharing their time between Concepción and a farm at the foot of the Andes mountains. They share the position of Associate Professor of Practice at AAP Cornell University and have taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, and the Universidad Catolica in Santiago de Chile.

Studio Muoto (Gilles Delalex and Yves Moreau) is an architectural practice based in Paris since 2003. Its activities cover the fields of architecture, urbanism, research, and teaching. Muoto’s projects are distinguished by structures which can accommodate a multitude of activities and respond to economic and aesthetic issues. They advocate for a minimal architecture that can evolve over time. Muoto means “form” in Finnish.

Claudia Shmidt is an architect and Doctor in History and Theory of Arts of the University of Buenos Aires. She is a professor and researcher at the University Torcuato Di Tella (Argentina). Her main research topics are the history of public state architecture during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; the history of construction oriented to the study of the development policies of reinforced concrete technologies; and the historiography of modern architecture in Latin America, with a special interest in the intellectual biography of Francisco Bullrich.


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