Established in 1996, the Barragan Foundation is a non-profit institution based in Birsfelden, Switzerland. Its primary focus is the preservation, study and management of the Barragán Archive holdings and the collection of related photographs by Armando Salas Portugal.

After a first phase of activity dedicated to the assessment and organization of the archival holdings, the Barragan Foundation has undertaken a systematic critical survey of Luis Barragán’s built and unbuilt works. The results of this investigation will be presented in a comprehensive publication featuring a detailed analysis of each of his projects, complemented by a large selection of previously unpublished archival documents. In conjunction with this research, the Barragan Foundation has cooperated on numerous occasions with other institutions, supporting academic work as well as educational exhibitions and publications. A selection of the Barragan Foundation’s activities since 1996 is presented below.

Architecture of Color: The Legacy of Luis Barragán

Timothy Taylor 16 x 34 Gallery, New York, 2016
The Foundation provided curatorial consultation and loans of original archival materials for the 2016 inaugural exhibition at Timothy Taylor’s 16 x 34 Gallery in the Chelsea neighbourhood of Manhattan, New York City.

“Architecture of Color: The Legacy of Luis Barragán”, Installation view at Timothy Taylor 16 x 34 Gallery, New York, 2016
Photo Timothy Taylor Gallery

Luis Barragán y la arquitectura de la ciudad

Mextrópoli Festival, Mexico City, 2016
In March 2016, on the occasion of the annual international festival in Mexico City entitled “Mextrópoli, Festival Internacional de Arquitectura y Ciudad”, the Foundation’s director held a lecture on Barragán’s urban planning projects.

Latin America in Construction

Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2015
The Foundation lent original archival materials for display in the major exhibition Latin America in Construction at the New York Museum of Modern Art in 2015.

“Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955–1980”, Installation view at MoMA, 2015
Photo MoMA

El Siglo de Giorgio de Chirico, Metafísica y Arquitectura

IVAM, Valencia, 2007/2008
For an exhibition on the artist Giorgio de Chirico at the IVAM in Valencia, Spain, the Foundation provided original archival materials to be displayed as part of the show.

“El Siglo de Giorgio de Chirico, Metafísica y Arquitectura”, Installation view at IVAM, 2007/08.
Photo J. C. Pestano / IVAM

Paysages intérieurs: dans les jardins de Ferdinand Bac et Luis Barragán

EPFL, Lausanne, 2004
In collaboration with the Archives de la construction moderne at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), the Foundation organized an exhibition on the connections between Barragán and Ferdinand Bac, whose work inspired the Mexican architect in the early stages of his career.

The Quiet Revolution

Monograph publication, 2001
Edited by Federica Zanco and the Barragan Foundation, this publication was launched on the occasion of the seminal exhibition developed by the Foundation in collaboration with the Vitra Design Museum. The monograph was published in English, German, Spanish and Japanese editions to accompany the travelling exhibition.

The Quiet Revolution

Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, 2000
In cooperation with the Vitra Design Museum, the Foundation organized a major monographic exhibition on the work of Barragán. From 2000 to 2003, the exhibition travelled to London, Vienna, Valencia, Tokyo and Mexico City. The exhibition presented the first significant results of the Foundation’s ongoing research, including a catalogue publication and a specially made film.

“The Quiet Revolution”, installation views at the Vitra Design Museum, 2000.
Photo Thomas Dix © Vitra Design Museum
“The Quiet Revolution”, installation views at the Vitra Design Museum, 2000.
Photo Thomas Dix © Vitra Design Museum
“The Quiet Revolution”, installation views at the Vitra Design Museum, 2000.
Photo Thomas Dix © Vitra Design Museum
“The Quiet Revolution”, installation views at the Vitra Design Museum, 2000.
Photo Thomas Dix © Vitra Design Museum
“The Quiet Revolution”, installation views at the Vitra Design Museum, 2000.
Photo Thomas Dix © Vitra Design Museum
“The Quiet Revolution”, installation views at the Vitra Design Museum, 2000.
Photo Thomas Dix © Vitra Design Museum
“The Quiet Revolution”, installation views at the Vitra Design Museum, 2000.
Photo Thomas Dix © Vitra Design Museum

Luis Barragán, architect

Film, 2000
Directed by Guido de Bruyn, this film was produced in the context of the exhibition The Quiet Revolution, which was organized by the Foundation in collaboration with the Vitra Design Museum. The film was shown as part of the exhibition at museum venues in Weil am Rhein, London, Vienna, Valencia, Tokyo and Mexico City. Also broadcast by several television channels in various countries, it can now be viewed at the link below.

Other Activities


Monumental, Dimensión pública de la escultura, 1927–1979

MAM / Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, 2020/2021

Reproductions of archival materials for exhibition

Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915–1985

LACMA, Los Angeles, 2017/2018
Reproductions of archival materials for exhibition

Luis Barragán, intérprete de la modernidad de México

Mexican Pavilion, 14th International Architecture Exhibition, Biennale de Venezia, Venice, Italy, 24 October 2014
Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Rome, 27 October 2014
Participation in symposium

Desafío a la estabilidad, Procesos artísticos en México 1952-1967

MUAC, Mexico City, 2014
Reproductions of archival materials for exhibition

Torres de Satélite and the collaboration between Barragán and Mathias Goeritz

Instituto de Historia Ibérica y Latinoamericana (IHILA), University of Cologne Centre for Area Studies, Cologne, 27–28 August 2015
Participation in academic workshop

Louis Kahn

Vitra Design Museum, 2013
Loan of original archival materials for exhibition

Entrez Lentement

Salone del Mobile, Milan, 2005
Reproductions of archival materials for exhibition

Guía Barragán

Guidebook, 2002 (second edition 2011)
Published by Barragan Foundation / Arquine

Cruauté et utopie, villes et paysages d’Amérique latine

CIVA, Brussels, 2003
Loan of original archival materials for exhibition

Luis Barragán, Temas y Variaciones

Monograph publication, 2002
Photographs by Kim Zwarts, introduction by Carlos Fuentes, published by Barragan Foundation / Landucci Editores

Luis Barragán, Armando Salas Portugal

Photo exhibition with accompanying catalogue, 2000
In collaboration with the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen / ifa Stuttgart

Luis Barragán: A Research in Progress

Symposium, 1996
In collaboration with the Vitra Design Museum and gta / Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture, ETH Zurich