Collection: Pedro Ramirez Vazquez

Born in 1919 in Mexico City, Pedro Ramirez Vasquez became captivated by the universe of architecture when he visited the Acropolis in Greece as a teenager. He studied architecture at the national school of art in Mexico, and graduated in 1943. One of Pedro Ramirez Vazquez’s first projects was a design for a pre-fabricated school, which resulted in 35,000 schools being built in rural areas, and was awarded the Grand Prix at the Milan Triennial in Italy in 1960.

Pedro Ramirez Vasquez was known as one of the most important Mexican architects of the 20th century, and was an architect who changed the face of Mexico City. Over his lifetime, he designed remarkable original designs that “blended a European modernist sensibility with pre-Columbia aesthetics” (quoted by the Los Angeles Times).

His outstanding works include the Basilica of Guadalupe, one of Mexico’s holiest shrines, the National Museum of Anthropology, and the Azteca Stadium to name a few. Ramirez Vasquez also acted as the chairman of the Mexican Olympic Organizing Committee, and through the Summer Games of 1968 held in Mexico, he showed the world, the modernization of Mexico.

Daum introduces the “Paloma”, a piece of work by Pedro Ramirez Vazquez. According to the Roman legend, Mars, the God of War, was preparing for battle when he caught sight of a white dove nestling in his helmet and covering its eggs. Touched by the beauty and sweetness of the bird, the God felt pity for her. The war did not happen, and thus, the dove became a symbol of peace.

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