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Siqueiros Cultural Polyforum

The concept for the Siqueiros Cultural Polyforum was conceived by ​​Manuel Suárez, a Mexican entrepreneur with a long-held passion for art, as a new urban attraction that would include a hotel, a convention center and a cultural center. Suárez invited Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros to collaborate on the visuals that would cover the building and brought on Guillermo Rossell and Ramón Miquela to design the building itself. Both the architecture and its exterior would become one of the biggest global representations of the “Plastic Integration” movement. The architects conceived a geodesic design in which the forum, exhibition hall and theatrical spaces would all be contained inside a dodecahedral structure.

It was here that Siqueiros developed his biggest and possibly most important work titled “The March of Humanity”, an interior mural that was at one point the largest in the world. “The Siqueiros Chapel”, as the Polyforum is also known, contains a visual narrative of images and symbols that represent human evolution from the origins of our species to a vision of its future. Additionally, the sculptural elements incorporated into the interior mural give it a three-dimensional perspective that allows the mural to break from the traditional notions of space; Siqueiros later called this the polyangular perspective. Today the Polyforum Siqueiros stands as an important landmark of the city. Located along one of the City’s main avenues, the Polyforum is timeless in its use of visual language and remains flexible to the growth of the urban space around it.

Actualmente el Polyforum Siqueiros es un icono de la ciudad, adyacente a una de las principales avenidas congela el tiempo con su paradigmático lenguaje plástico, pero que también se mantiene flexible ante el crecimiento y las nuevas formas de la metrópoli.

Project name Siqueiros Cultural Polyforum
Period 1971
Contributor David Alfaro Siqueiros, Guillermo Rossell and Ramón Miquela
Location Insurgentes Sur 701, Benito Juárez, Nápoles, 03810 Ciudad de México, CDMX