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The Proposal

A New York Times Critic’s Pick
100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes

Known as “the artist among architects,” Luis Barragán is among the world’s most celebrated architects of the 20th century.

Upon his death in 1988, much of his work was locked away in a Swiss bunker, hidden from the world’s view.

In an attempt to resurrect Barragán’s life and art, boundary redefining artist Jill Magid creates a daring proposition that becomes a fascinating artwork in itself—a high-wire act of negotiation that explores how far an artist will go to democratize access to art.

"Detailing at once an art project and a rescue mission, a love triangle and an elaborate, outlandish bargain, the movie has a surface serenity that belies its fuming emotions."

Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

"The documentary doesn’t bring closure to her fight for Barragán’s archive, but it will work its way under a viewer’s skin and leave them with persistent ideas to consider."

Dan Schindel, Hyperallergic

"an investigation and an exhibition, a love letter and a rival's riposte, a protest and an olive branch."

Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times