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Tetetlán – A Slice of Barragán Paradise

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I knew what to expect from Tetetlán– and I wasn’t disappointed.

I met Cesar {Cervantes} – its visionary – about a year ago when one of my favorite British artists, Tacita Dean came to Mexico for her grand exhibition at the Tamayo Museum. He was a contemporary art collector and a fan of Tacita so naturally, he hosted a dinner for her. We got along just fine and dandy, and I told him I was fascinated with his house (not in a groupie kind of way – relax – but as an admirer, since it’s one of the very few houses that the great architect, Luis Barragan built for private owners. It is also the only one of such houses that has been sold).

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In case you don’t know who Barragán is – he’s considered an architecture and engineering god, a pioneer, a surrealist, a lover of color, and one of fathers of modern Mexican architecture I’m sure. His house and studio is even an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Cesar bought the house that used to be called Casa Prieto a few years ago, renamed it Casa Pedregal and sold the majority of his art collection to restore it back to how Barragán had designed it in the 1950s: with a wall and a garden of exposed volcanic rock and the original furnishings also designed by Barragán, amongst other things.

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Tetetlán is Cesar’s way of sharing his treasure with the world. It’s a cultural center/library/restaurant/caffé that houses all of his art and architecture book archive for everyone to use.

 

Don’t miss this gem, it is well worth the visit.

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