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Carved Narrative: Los Hermanos Chávez Morado

Sunnylands Center & Gardens

Column at Sunnylands by Los Hermanos Chávez Morado, 1968. Photo courtesy The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands.

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Best known for integrated architecture, brothers José and Tomás Chávez Morado will debut their studio work for the first time outside of Mexico. The half-scale replica of their famed bronze fountain depicting the history of Mexico will also be featured.

On a trip to Mexico City in 1967, Walter and Leonore Annenberg encountered the monumental 40-foot bronze fountain on the patio of the Museo Nacional de Antropología.
The column with its relief depicting the history of Mexico from the ancient past to the twentieth century captivated the Annenbergs. They commissioned brothers José and Tomás Chávez Morado to create a nearly half-scale fountain of the same design for Sunnylands, their Mayan-inspired home in Rancho Mirage, California. Incorporating this narrative column at Sunnylands paralleled a trend occurring in Mexico where modern architects sought contemporary Mesoamerican-inspired works to complement their sleek new buildings. The Chávez Morado brothers were among an elite group of artists working alongside these architects to rebuild Mexico City at midcentury. Carved Narrative will be the first exhibition in the United States to explore the collaborative and individual work of the Chávez Morado brothers.

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September 14, 2017 - May 30, 2018


Inland Cities




Architecture & Design, Installation, Painting, Sculpture



Sunnylands Center & Gardens Website


37977 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA