Sean Scully : San Cristóbal

Designed in 1964 by the architect Luis Barragán, the villa Cuadra San Cristóbal (Mexico) is one of the wonders of the modernist movement present on this territory. It is between these brightly colored walls that the Irishman Sean Scully exhibits until March 24 his paintings and sculptures with chromatic expression just as marked as the house. Two different artistic practices that seemed to be made to be reunited.

On a first trip to the cradle of the Mayan civilization in 1983, Sean Scully is struck by the colorful nuances of the buildings and the composition lines of vernacular architecture. The result will be a set of watercolors integrated later in his series Wall of Light - completed at the end of the 1990 - which will define the pictorial style of the artist, where alternate stripes and vertical and horizontal bars.


A region of the world that he particularly likes, where he will never expose. A time now gone since, since 5 last February, he presents his works in one of the emblematic artistic places of the twentieth century: the Cuadra San Cristóbal, Mexico City. Stables of the set of Los Cubles - also including the home of the Egerstrom family and the Fountain of Lovers -, the construction of Luis Barragán brilliantly combines modernist and symbolist architectural experiments. Characterized by large stone walls painted in bright pink, the site seems to have been designed to accommodate the production of the artist within it.

"Sean has exposed hundreds of times on white walls, concrete floors, lit by raw lights. When working with such a great artist, there is room to be more nuanced and make installations like that. " Oscar Humphries, curator of the exhibition

An ideal marriage finally realized and coincides with the 15e edition of Zona Maco, main fair of Mexican contemporary art. The opportunity to discover fifteen paintings in aluminum and copper as well as three statues in Corten ® and painted steel dialoguing naturally with the place, by their forms and their aesthetic biases. If the paintings are installed in the stables and contrast beautifully with their authentic equestrian decor, the sculptures, they take place in the courtyard. Reflecting the linearity of the place, the latter enjoy the game of empty and full imagined by the architect and complete the whole.

A solar exhibition which, thanks to the dialogue between architecture and plastic art, appears as the ideal unification of both practices.

Exhibition "Sean Scully: San Cristobal", until 5 March 2018 in Los Cubles, Mexico City (Mexico)

To learn more, visit the site of Sean Scully

Photographs: DR

Post your comment

  • No comment on this article.

ADC Awards

ADC-Awards-logo-2017 250-01
The most outstanding architectural achievements elected by the professional community

>> Learn more


miaw white logo ok

An International Award to the best products for architects and layout professionals

>> Learn more


5, Saulnier Street - 75009 PARIS

T: + (33) 1 42 61 61 81

F: + (33) 1 42 61 61 82

[Email protected]


my account

Mobile version