Mexico’s second city, Guadalajara lost its long planned Guggenheim Museum, when the Guggenheim Foundation canceled their plans for new museums in Mexico and Brazil to focus on building only one new museum in Abu Dhabi.
Yesterday the state of Jalisco, Mexico reacted to the loss by announcing the creation of a Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Guadalajara. The museum will be located in the same area as the planned Guggenheim museum, Barranca de Huentitán, which lies in the outskirts of Guadalajara.
If everything goes according to plan, the one hundred thousand square feet museum will be completed in September 2012.
World famous Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuronare, of Herzog & De Meuron Basel LTD, are being considered for the project. The most famous Herzog & De Meuron creations of late is the Beijing Bird’s Nest that served as the National Stadium for the Beijing Olympics 2008. Herzog & De Meuron were awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2001 and have also received several other prestigious awards.
Government of Jalisco (in Spanish)