Felipe R. Solís Olguín, since 2000 the director of the Museo Nacional de Antropología in Mexico City, died on Thursday, April 23, from an apparent heart attack, according to several published accounts. (Previous reports suggested he had been suffering from flu-like symptoms.) He was 64.
Solis was born in 1944 and was associated with the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) since 1972. His archaeological fieldwork as well as his academic specialty concentrated on Mexica culture, but his writings and exhibit curation covered the entire Mexican archaeological record. Author of over 200 scholarly articles and 30 monographs and exhibition catalogs, he was instrumental in the "Mexico, Splendor of Thirty Centuries" exhibition (1990-91) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; "Aztecs" (2002-04) in London and Berlin; "The Aztec Empire" (2004-05) in Bilbao and New York's Guggenheim Museum; and most recently "Teotihuacan, City of Gods".
A comprehensive bibliography of his works appears on the blog Publishing Archaeology.