L’Espacio Escultórico nel Pedregal de San Ángel, Città del Messico

Carlo Scarpa Prize 2023–2024 exhibition
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The Espacio Escultórico in the Pedregal de San Ángel, in Mexico City, is the dedicatee of the 2023-2024 International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens, the thirty-third in the series.


The exhibition covers all four floors of Ca’Scarpa and through the photographs of the Mexican Fabian Martinez and others presents the Espacio Escultórico in the landscape of the Pedregal de San Ángel, in the context of the University City of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM, and in particular of the Ecological Reserve of the Pedregal de San Ángel, in the southern part of the megalopolis which is Mexico City.

The photographic display will include historical images from several archives in Mexico City, especially that of the UNAM, and reproductions of various kinds of documents such as maps. A series of short texts will introduce the visitor to the places and the key words featured in the context of this latest Carlo Scarpa Prize, conceptually accompanied by some of the leading figures who have taken part in the research underlying the book and the documentary film.

Landscape and Ecology, Art and Architecture, Geology and Archaeology are just some of the disciplines and standpoints that intersect with remarkable force and complexity in the overall Mexican context and more particularly inside and outside the great toothed ring of the Espacio Escultórico in the harsh lava terrain of the Pedregal, contemporaneously and daily interacting with fertile soil and abundant nature that are at the same time difficult and fragile, and with an ancient, pre-Hispanic history that echoes loud, not only through the ruins of what remains of its landscapes but also in the artistic and architectural creations of 20th century Mexican modernity.

From Sunday 14th April, visitors to the exhibition will be able to view the documentary Pedregal: la storia dell’Espacio Escultórico.


The photographic and documentary exhibition is curated by Patrizia Boschiero and Luigi Latini, with Marcello Piccinini; production and installation in collaboration with Print Materia.