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Ana Elena Mallet Cárdenas


Ana Elena Mallet Cárdenas

Professor and independent curator

School of Architecture, Art and Design

Mexico City Campus 


  • Art, Design, and Latin American Literature



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"I am interested in the written word. Writing as a means of communication but also as a space to share and reflect."

Ana Elena Mallet Cárdenas shares, learns and discovers things about the past that she can apply to the present. She faces the challenge of being meticulous and understanding that historical research takes a long time, and thus requires her patience. 

Two of the books she has written are Silla mexicana and La Bauhaus y el México moderno, which display her interest in art history but in its widest spectrum; meaning, integrating design, cinema, architecture and new disciplines. She considers art and design to be two study areas with transformative competences: the first one, of perceptions, the second one, of lives. 

Mallet Cárdenas is a curator. She believes that museums are places to learn and reflect on different realities, and that is where her interest resides. She has served as consultant, adviser, deputy director and head of preservation in some of the most important cultural spaces in the country: Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Museo Soumaya, Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Artes (MUCA), Casa del Lago, Centro Cultural Universitario de la Universidad de Guadalajara and Museo del Objeto del Objeto (MODO). At the international level, she is a member of the MoMA (New York) Architecture and Design Acquisitions Committee and has collaborated with museums such as the Art Institute of Chicago and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

She ran the first exhibition in Mexico dedicated to contemporary fashion; she was in charge of the creation of MexartDB, a digital memoir of contemporary Mexican art as of 1985, sponsored by the Patronato de Arte Contemporáneo (PAC), and has taken part in the organization of the Corredor Cultural Roma Condesa.

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Teaching activities

  • Design and Crafts
  • Experience Design
  • Futurology in Industrial Design
  • History of Industrial Design
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  • Mallet, A. Silla mexicana. México. Arquine. 2017.
  • Mallet, A. La Bauhaus y el México moderno. El diseño de Van Beuren. México: Editorial Arquine/Conaculta. 2014
  • Hernández, A., Mallet, A., Salinas, O. El diseño de Clara Porset / Clara's Porset Design, Inventando un México. México: Editorial Turner. 2006.
  • She has contributed to several publications such as Chilango, Harper’s Bazaar in Spanish, Open, Luna Córnea, Art Nexus, Código 06140, DF por Travesías,  La Tempestad, among others. 
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Education and Training

  • Degree in Latin American Literature, Universidad Iberoamericana