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Illustration Professor Contributes to PBS Documentary

Jose Villarrubia is digital artist for 'I.M. Pei: Building China Modern'

Posted 04.06.10 by mica communications

Jose Villarubia

Illustration professor José Villarrubia recently completed the digital artwork for the documentary,  I.M. Pei: Building China Modern, about the prominent architect building a modern museum in Suzhou, China. The film aired March 31 as part of the American Masters series on PBS.

Credited as digital artist for the film, Villarrubia recreated lost, but essential documents for I.M. Pei: Building China Modern, which can be seen at about minute 22 in the documentary, when Pei first mentions the project.

WATCH: I.M. Pei: Building China Modern (available online until June 30)

PBS describes the documentary with: I.M. Pei has been called the most important living modern architect, defining the landscapes of some of the world's greatest cities. A monumental figure in his field and a laureate of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize, Pei is the senior statesman of modernism and last surviving link to such great early architects as Corbusier, Gropius and Mies van der Rohe. Entering into the twilight of his career and well into his eighties, Pei returns to his ancestral home of Suzhou, China to work on his most personal project to date. He is commissioned to build a modern museum in the city's oldest neighborhood which is populated by classical structures from the Ming and Qing dynasties. For the architect who placed the pyramid at the Louvre, the test to integrate the new with the old is familiar but still difficult. The enormous task is to help advance China architecturally without compromising its heritage. In the end, what began as his greatest challenge and a labor of sentiment, says Pei, ultimately becomes "my biography."