Tatiana Bilbao Estudio at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art


From October 2019, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, in Denmark, hosts an exhibition dedicated to the Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao. This is the third of a series of monographic exhibitions of contemporary architecture entitled “The Architect’s Studio“.

Tatiana Bilbao (1972) was born and grew up in Mexico City. Apart from those in Mexico, she has designed buildings in many countries and works with a global outlook, but Mexico’s cultural, social and political conditions form a natural part of her activities; although often implicit, social commitment is like a built-in reflex – a way of thinking.
Bilbao’s works can be categorized roughly into two types: the so-called ‘bread-and-butter’ projects, with economic and artistic opportunities to experiment and develop an architectural vocabulary, and projects that are determined by a minimal economy and for which the architect may not even be paid.
The knowledge she acquires from the more traditional tasks is used to create necessary, sustainable solutions and to overcome problems in the world of realities. Bilbao has addressed a wealth of initiatives to the Mexican State, which is responsible for ensuring all Mexicans their constitutional right to a home.
The two spheres in Bilbao’s work are linked by simple geometry; a tool that can communicate architectural principles to uneducated construction workers in Mexico. It is geometry that the hand can draw, as opposed to parametric design – a design that is created by and large with the aid of the algorithmic thinking of the drawing programs and which most architects work with today. In both process and presentation, Bilbao works with paper collages in an analog approach to a profession that is otherwise dominated today by virtual renderings.
The exhibition is organized into three sections. The first section takes its point of departure in Mexican culture and landscape, that form the background for Bilbao’s work; in the second section, the processual approach and method of the drawing office are introduced. The third section shows full-size installations based on works that illustrate the use of geometry, materials, and landscape.
Works on display also include the Botanical Garden in Culiacan and a new Aquarium and Research Centre in Mazatlán.


above and cover image:
Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, Staterra, Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico
Expected completion: 2020. © Tatiana Bilbao Estudio



Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, Museo Arévalo – Adrastus Collection, Arévalo, Spain
Expected completion 2023, © Tatiana Bilbao Estudio


Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, ”Villa Ventura”, 2011
Photo: Iwan Baan


Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, Mazatlan Aquarium, Mazatlan, Mexico
Expected completion 2021, © Tatiana Bilbao Estudio

In 2017 the exhibition series The Architect’s Studio opened with the portrait of the Chinese drawing office ‘Amateur Architecture Studio’ headed by Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu.
In 2018, this was followed by the exhibition ‘So Far …’ with Chilean Alejandro Aravena and the Elemental studio. Both studios are typified by their social and political commitment and their willingness, through their architecture, to question existing power structures and architectural paradigms, and by their distinctive approaches to the rethinking and challenging of the field of architecture.

The Architect’s Studio
Tatiana Bilbao Estudio
18 October 2019 – 9 February 2020


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