BIBLIOTECA CENTRAL in MEXICO CITY featuring JUAN O'GORMAN'S Stunning MOSAIC WALL MURALS 1/1000 "BIBLIOTECA CENTRAL : LIBROS, MUROS Y MURALES, 50o ANIVERSARIO"
BIBLIOTECA CENTRAL : LIBROS, MUROS Y MURALES, 50o ANIVERSARIO, editado por Celia Martín Marín.
(CENTRAL LIBRARY: BOOKS, WALLS AND MURALS, 50TH ANNIVERSARY, edited by Celia Martín Marín.)
Published by Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Dirección General de Bibliotecas, Mexico City, Mexico, 2006. First Edition. ISBN 10: 9703234011, ISBN 13: 9789703234011. TEXT in SPANISH.
LIMITED EDITION of only 1000 copies, as stated on the Colophon page (the last page).
Hardcover Book in Dustjacket, 8.5x11 inches (21.5x28 cm), 254 pages. ILLUSTRATED throughout with color and b&w photographs and architectural drawings.
There is a large section on JUAN O'GORMAN, the architect and artist who was responsible for the buildings incredible 4,000 square meter mosaic murals.
Condition: NEAR FINE book, tight, bright, clean, clear and unmarked; in a VERY GOOD dustwrapper that has just a bit of shelf rubbing. A beautiful copy.
SCARCE, this limited edition of only 1000 copies quickly went out-of-print. It has become very hard-to-find.
About JUAN O'GORMAN and his CENTRAL LIBRARY MOSAIC (from Wikipedia):
******Juan O'Gorman's most celebrated work due to its creativity, construction technique, and dimensions, are the four thousand square meters murals covering the four faces of the building of the Central Library at Ciudad Universitaria at UNAM. These murals are mosaics made from millions of colored stones that he gathered all around Mexico in order to be able to obtain the different colors he needed. The north side pictures Mexico's pre-Hispanic past and the south facade its colonial one, while the east wall depicts the contemporary world, and the west shows the university and contemporary Mexico.
"From the beginning, I had the idea of making mosaics of colored stones in the walls of the collections, with a technique in which I was already well experienced. With these mosaics the library would be different from the other buildings of Ciudad Universitaria, and it would be given a particular Mexican character."******
About the CENTRAL LIBRARY (from Wikipedia):
******The Central Library of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) holds one of the largest collections in Mexico. The building is covered with the mural Historical Representation of Culture, created by the Mexican artist Juan O'Gorman. His unique masterpiece has made the Central Library one of the most iconic buildings in modern Mexico. In July 2007, UNESCO proclaimed the Central Library, along with the Central Campus of the University City, as a World Heritage site.
The four thousand square foot mural is made out of thousands of colored stones, something that never had been done at that scale. According to the artist, in each of the four walls that make up the surface of the mosaic, he represented three fundamental historical facets of Mexican culture: the pre-Hispanic era, the Spanish colonial era, and the modern age.******
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