Sylvia Pandolfi: A Visionary in Cultural Management

Honoring Sylvia Pandolfi: A Pioneer in Cultural Management

The Carrillo Gil Art Museum (MACG) is presently hosting a tribute to Sylvia Pandolfi, a distinguished cultural manager who served as its director from 1984 to 1998. The exhibition, titled “Charting a Double Vocation,” provides a captivating journey through her history at the museum. It encompasses pieces from the museum’s permanent collection, artworks featured in temporary exhibitions she organized, and an abundance of documentation.

Sylvia Pandolfi, born in Chicago in 1937, holds an iconic status in the realm of cultural management in Mexico. She is renowned for her role in establishing numerous museum institutions and nurturing a broad network of friends, students, academics, curators, managers, and artists.

During the opening ceremony, Lluvia Sepúlveda, the National Coordinator of Visual Arts at the National Institute of Fine Arts and Literature (Inbal), proudly acknowledged Sylvia Pandolfi as one of the most outstanding directors in the history of Inbal. Sepúlveda emphasized how Pandolfi transformed the MACG into a leading institution for contemporary art in Mexico. Her dedication extended to cataloging, researching, and promoting the extensive art collection assembled by Alvar Carrillo Gil and Carmen Tejero.

What sets Sylvia Pandolfi apart is her commitment to fostering dialogues with emerging artists and embracing transitional artistic proposals. This innovative approach to curation and museum practices has left an indelible mark on the art world.

The opening ceremony saw the presence of renowned historians and curators who were part of Pandolfi’s young work team at various times. Cuauhtémoc Medina, Renato González Mello, Edgardo Ganado Kim, Jorge Reynoso Pohlenz, Álvaro Vázquez Mantecón, and others, attested to her remarkable contributions.

Tatiana Cuevas, the current director of MACG, paid tribute to Armando Sáinz Carrillo, grandson of the Carrillo Gil couple, who significantly contributed to the professionalization of the museum through his design work for both temporary and permanent exhibitions.

Reflecting on Sylvia Pandolfi’s beginnings, her daughter

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