Tecnológico de Monterrey's Cultural Heritage
Tecnológico de Monterrey keeps, preserves and promotes special collections regarding history, art and the scientific and technological development of Mexico which are considered cultural heritage.
The Documentary Heritage consists of collections of books, magazines and journals, pamphlets, maps, plans, images, photographic negatives, manuscripts and objects of high cultural and identity value.
Documentary collection of the first printed works in the Americas. Given its great cultural value, this collection is included in the Regional Register of the Memory of the World, awarded by UNESCO, in conjunction with the National Library of Mexico. Tecnológico de Monterrey is the institution with the greatest number of volumes of a collection of this nature in the world.
Location: Campus Monterrey
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Image: Aquí comienza un vocabulario en la lengua castellana y mexicana, Alonso de Molina (printer: Juan Pablos), 1555. Conway Collection, Tecnológico de Monterrey Cultural Heritage Collection. © Fondo Conway, Colección Patrimonio Cultural del Tecnológico de Monterrey.
Photographic archive with the work of Mario Pani Darqui (Mexico, 1911-1993), one of the most important Mexican architects of the 20th century. Mario Pani was an ardent promotor of functionalism and international style in his works, as well as of Le Corbusier’s ideas in Mexico. His legacy encompasses 136 projects in which he approached all typologies: housing, schools, public buildings, hospitals, offices, hotels, offices, commercial buildings, airports, town plans. This collection is included in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register - Mexico.
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Image: Ministry of Water Resources and Office Building: Av. Reforma and Lafragua (photographer: Guillermo Zamora), 1946. © Mario Pani Darqui Collection, Tecnológico de Monterrey Cultural Heritage Collection.
A set of rare books created during the infancy of the printing press. It contains eight printed works from between 1453 and 1500, which form part of the Ugarte, Conway, Robredo and Bernal collections.
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Image: De Insulis nuper in Mari Indico repertis (Second letter from Columbus), Christopher Columbus, 1494. © Salvador Ugarte Collection, Tecnológico de Monterrey Cultural Heritage Collection.
Collection of 32 original documents written in a diversity of Mexican languages between 1535 and 1821: Chinantec, Nahuatl, Kickapoo , Papantla Totonac, Otomi, Coahuiltecan, Pajalate, Tarasco, Cahita, Zoque, Opata, Tzotzil, Zapotec, Matlatzinga, and one in Otomi-Nahuatl.
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Image: Prayer book in Zoque, Author unknown, 17th century. © Salvador Ugarte Collection, Tecnológico de Monterrey Cultural Heritage Collection.
Set of photographs that portray family, social, cultural and political life in Monterrey and Mexican society from the 19th to the mid-20th century. The Tecnológico de Monterrey Photographic Library houses photographs donated to the Institution since 1953, with approximately 51,500 individual pictures, including, positives, negatives, glass plate negatives and slides from the 19th century on. The most outstanding topics are family, social, cultural, religious, industrial and political life in Monterrey and Mexican society from the end of the 19th century through the mid-20th century.
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Image: Worker, 1925. © Sandoval-Lagrange Collection, Tecnológico de Monterrey Cultural Heritage Collection.
Archive of architectural plans by Gustavo Aguilar Beltrán, renowned architect from Hermosillo, Sonora. The collection covers housing, stores, offices, gas stations, town planning works. The plans date from 1940 to 1980.
Location: Campus Sonora Norte
Image: Draft of the Hotel Laval Cafeteria, Gustavo Aguilar Beltrán (with the collaboration of and drawing by Héctor Rivas Bringas). © Gustavo Aguilar Beltrán Archive, Tecnológico de Monterrey Cultural Heritage Collection.
This is one of the principal archives in Zacatecas and houses documents related to taxes, mining and the economic activities of the viceroyalty (mainly 17th and 18th centuries). For decades, this collection was kept in the Clements Library at the University of Michigan and came back to Zacatecas in 1993.
Location: Campus Zacatecas
Image: Book of Memories and its Accounts (manuscript) 1767. Historical Archive of the Zacatecas Royal Treasury, Amigos de Zacatecas A.C., on loan to Tecnológico de Monterrey Cultural Heritage Collection.
The Art Heritage comprises works of art commissioned by or donated to Tecnológico de Monterrey. All visual art expressions are represented, such as paintings, sculptures, graphics, photographs, drawings, ceramics, popular art, craftwork, among others.
There are 660 paintings that are work of outstanding artists from Mexican culture. The most renowned artists in the collection are David Alfaro Siqueiros, one of the three greatest Mexican muralists of the early 20th-century cultural revolution, and Jorge González Camarena, from the generation immediately following of Siqueiros, and who, amongst other projects, painted a mural inside Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes next to Siqueiros, Rivera, Tamayo and Orozco, in Mexico City. As well as the mural on the Main Administrative Building at Tecnológico de Monterrey. Among other famous painters, we have works by: José Reyes Meza, Raúl Anguiano, Adolfo Mexiac, Gilberto Aceves Navarro, Arnaldo Coen, Guillermo Ceniceros, Luis Argudín, José Castro Leñero.
Image: David Alfaro Siqueiros, Radiance of the Storm,n.d., Pyroxylin and acrylic on canvas, 60 x 80 cm, © Tecnológico de Monterrey Cultural Heritage Collection.
Most of the three-dimensional pieces are abstracts, belonging to art period in Mexico in which particular importance was placed on public spaces. There are monumental works by Jesús Mayagoitia, Sebastián, Salvador Manzano, Yvonne Domenge. The medium-sized pieces are a creation from Irma Palacios, Kyoto Ota, Juan Soriano, Josefina Temín, Ernesto Álvarez, Jorge Yazpik, Gabriel Macotela, among others. In addition, each campus’s collection often includes a sculpture of the emblem that identifies the Tec team, Borregos, usually created by Miguel Peraza and Jesús Moreno, among other artists. A total of 231 sculptures represent one of the most abundant groups of art pieces in Tecnológico de Monterrey’s art heritage.
Image: Jesús Mayagoitia, Cuatro torres, 1991, Painted steel, 45 x 50 x 35 cm, © Tecnológico de Monterrey Cultural Heritage Collection.
The collection includes almost 300 graphic art pieces, mostly lithographs, serigraphs, xylographs, monotypes and drypoint.
The artists whose works and careers have earned them a place in Mexico’s history of art and who are present at Tecnológico include José Guadalupe Posada, Rufino Tamayo, José Luis Cuevas, Vicente Rojo, Manuel Felguérez, Alfredo Zalce, Leonora Carrington, Carlos Mérida, Alberto Gironella, Jan Hendrix, Carmen Parra, José Castro Leñero, Boris Viskin, Santiago Rebolledo, Luis Nishizawa, Pablo O’Higgins, Vlady, among others.
Image: José Luis Cuevas, La carta, s/f, Lithography, 70 x 90 cm, © Tecnológico de Monterrey Cultural Heritage Collection.
The 100 works on paper represent an assorted group of artists, such as Arnold Belkin, Boris Viskin, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Jorge González Camarena, José Chávez Morado, José Luis Cuevas, Carla Rippey, Fernando Leal Audirac, Flor Minor, among others. Several of these pieces are drafts for murals, as is the case of the drawings of the model that appeared in several of Camarena’s murals. A particularly interesting work, given its dimensions and quality,is Coatlicue by Arnold Belkin, a drawing in wax crayons and colored pencils.
Image: Flor Minor, Fragilidad I, (flyer) 1999, mixed, coal and ink on paper, © Tecnológico de Monterrey Cultural Heritage Collection.
The collection includes approximately 200 photographs by authors such as Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Yolanda Andrade, Graciela Iturbide, Enrique Bostelmann, Gabriela Olmedo, Daniel Nierman, Gabriel Figueroa Flores, Ulises Castellanos are just some of the authors whose work is exhibited in the collection.
Créditos: Yolanda Andrade, El niño y el infierno, 1985, Gelatin silver process, 22 x 30 cm, © Tecnológico de Monterrey Cultural Heritage Collection.
This group of objects contains some examples of Mexico’s creative traditions, such as feather art, papel picado (tissue paper with cut-out shapes), and textiles. Of particular note is the work by popular artist Aurelio Franco, who has devoted his work to promoting the feather art technique used profusely by pre-Hispanic cultures and, inspired by the ancient codices, has created works that are rich in colors, textures and history.
Image: Aurelio Franco, Chimalli, n.d., Mosaic of natural feathers on metal, 35 cm diameter, © Tecnológico de Monterrey Cultural Heritage Collection.
Both emerging and established contemporary artists are represented, such as Carlos Orduña, Alejandra Zermeño, Violeta Islas, Miguel Ledesma, Hazael González, Hugo Lugo, Humberto Valdés, Ernesto Walker, Natalia Rodríguez, César Polack Ugarte, among others.
Image: Arnold Belkin, Two summits of America, n.d., Serigraphy, s/n, 34 x 91.5 cm, ©
Tecnológico de Monterrey Cultural Heritage Collection.
The total or partial reproduction of this work is prohibited by any means without previous and written consent of the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.