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The Proposal (PG*)

Architecture on Film

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Part thriller, part romance, part artwork itself, this ‘post-mortem love triangle’ takes us on a quest to reanimate the privately-held archives of one of the 20th century’s major architects.

Following his death in 1988, Luis Barragán’s professional archive, including the rights to his name and work, has lingered under lock and key in a Swiss bunker, after having been acquired by furniture company Vitra, and allegedly gifted by Vitra’s owner to his fiancé as an engagement present.

Hatching her plan from an intimate stay at Casa Barragán itself in Mexico City, artist Jill Magid finds herself in a delicate game of negotiation and tactics, entering into an unusual love triangle that leads to her eventually making a radical proposal of her own.

A bold investigation into the boundaries between personal and professional lives, public and private property, the living and the dead, the legacy of Modernism, and the afterlife of architecture.

US 2018 Dir Jill Magid 83 min

Curated by the Architecture Foundation

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