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Buenos Aires 1910: Memoria del Porvenir

Extended over an area of twelve hundred square meters, the actual physical exhibition displayed a selection of four hundred images and four hundred objects that were circulating in Buenos Aires between 1904 and 1914. They belong to private and public archives and museums, most of them local. The different groups of selected images and objects show fragments of the lives of people in a city on the eve of big changes, and the way in which they were preparing to live a future of unlimited progress.

This exhibit was funded by a group of international sponsors and it was prepared by IIED-America Latina, Fondo Nacional de las Artes, Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo de la Universidad de Buenos Aires, The Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities and The World Bank.

The Exhibit was displayed in Buenos Aires in the summer of 1999, in Washington, D.C. in the fall of 1999 and in New York in the winter of year 2000. The exhibit is now available on CD ROM.

We are glad to present here a sample of it with the objective to emphasize the role of archival material in documenting the urban development of a nation's capital.

Esquina de Maipú y Cuyo David Mazziotti Jueves 29-2-1910


Paseo Colón; Sociedad Fotográfica Argentina de Aficionados; Casa de Gobierno,con las vías del Ferrocarril de Buenos Aires y Puerto de la Ensenada

Disfraces de Carnaval; Equipo de fotógrafos de Caras y Caretas; 1911


Estación Retiro del Ferrocarril Central Argentino; Anónimo; Estación recién terminada; 1915

Parque Japonés; Equipo de fotógrafos de la Compañia Hispano-Argentina de Electricidad (CHADE); 1910

Esquina Defensa y San Juan; David Mazziotti; Frente N.E. Lunes 18-7-1904, 11:25 am

Esquina de Esmeralda y Córdoba; David Mazzioti; Martes 1910-1911

Estación Retiro del Ferrocarril Central Argentino; Anónimo Estación Retiro del Ferrocarril Central Argentino en Construcción; 1912


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