ARCHIVO(S) Hotel Camino Real
An immersive reconstruction of the Mexican modernist icon.
February 4 - May 27, 2016

Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura presents ARCHIVO(S) Hotel Camino Real, a proposal by renowned curator Pablo León de la Barra focused on the iconic Camino Real Hotel (1968) designed by architect Ricardo Legorreta.


Armando Salas Portugal, Plaza de acceso Hotel Camino Real (1968)
Armando Salas Portugal, Plaza de acceso Hotel Camino Real (1968)

Built for the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, The Camino Real Hotel not only not only challenged the conventional standards of modern hotel design and but consolidated Legorreta’s own characteristic architectural style, but became a parallel modern art museum of sorts, a building that perfectly embodied the optimism, creative effervescence and aesthetic ambitions of Mexico in the sixties.

The proposal offers an immersive reconstruction; a journey through different periods, characters and key moments in the history of the hotel, taking the original collaborations with artists and designers such as Alexander Calder, Anni Albers, Lance Wyman, Mathias Goeritz, Pedro Friedeberg, Armando Salas Portugal and Julius Shulman.


Lance Wyman y Julia Murdoch, Vestuario para el Hotel Camino Real (1968)
Lance Wyman y Julia Murdoch, Vestuario para el Hotel Camino Real (1968)

Through historic photographs and documents, reproductions, original furniture and a 1:75 scale model of the hotel commissioned for the exhibition and created by Legorreta’s original model maker, as well as contemporary approaches by artists like Mario García Torres and Lake Verea, ARCHIVO(S) Hotel Camino Real attempts to rescue the original spirit of the project and document the transformations the building has gone through in recent decades.

Lake Vera, Mañana (2016)
Lake Verea, Mañana (2016)

The ARCHIVO(S) series presents a new approach to iconic projects of modern architecture in Mexico, working on original archive materials in an open dialogue with artists, designers and curators. Archivo will collaborate with leading figures of contemporary culture to rebuild a new architectural memory around landmarks of Mexican modernism, through exhibition formats, public activations, reproductions of historical materials, interventions and original design pieces.




February 4 – May 27 2016


A proposal by

Pablo León de la Barra


Based on the project by

Ricardo Legorreta


With collaborations by

Mathias Goeritz

Luis Barragán

Alexander Calder

Anni Albers

Pedro Friedeberg

Lance Wyman

Armando Salas Portugal

Julius Shulman

Sam Peckinpah

Lily Nieto

Alberto Vivar

Carla Fernández

Lake Verea

Claudia Fernández

Mario García Torres

Christoph Draeger



About Pablo León de la Barra


Since 2013, Pablo León de la Barra is the Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator for Latin America. Born in Mexico City in 1972, he earned his doctoral degree in History and Theory at the Architectural Association in London. In 2014 he was appointed director of the Casa França Brasil in Rio de Janeiro. He is editor of the blog Centre for the Aesthetic Revolution, and has been curator and co-curator of exhibitions at the David Roberts Art Foundation and the London Architecture Foundation; Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva and the Kunsthalle Zurich; apexart and Art in General, New York; Luis Barragan House, Casa del Lago, and Tamayo Museum in Mexico City; Museo La Ene, Buenos Aires; Museu Carmen Miranda, Rio de Janeiro; Local Beta, San Juan; Spain Cultural Center, Guatemala City; Casa Encendida, Madrid; and AMIL Project, Lima. In London he founded 24-7, a collective of artists and curators (2002-05), and was artistic director of the gallery Blow Bar (2005-08) as well as founder and co-curator of community art space White Cubicle Gallery (2005-12). He also founded the Novo Tropical Museum, and was curator of the first Tropical Biennial in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2011). Leon de la Barra is part of the Cisneros advice Fontanal Art Foundation in Miami and the Fundación Luis Barragán in Mexico.


About Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura 


Founded in 2012 by Fernando Romero and Soumaya Slim, and directed by Mario Ballesteros since 2015, Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura  is a space dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, researching, promoting and rethinking design in its various forms. Through a study collection of over 1500 objects and various exhibitions and activities, Archivo has established itself as a key reference for the Mexican architecture and design community.