Based on the contributions of the book “The Modern, again: Architecture in Asturias 1950-1965″, by Fernando Nanclares and Nieves Ruiz, Asturias Prize of the College of Architects of the region, the exhibition “A golden age: Architecture in Asturias 1950-1965″ will release to the general public a new interpretation on the golden age of modern Asturian architecture, that developed during the fifties and the first part of the sixties, at which time the modern spirit emerges again and those avant-garde ideas that had already given excellent results in the times of the Republic.
“A golden age: Architecture in Asturias 1950-1965″
April 4 – May 21, 2017
Fine Arts Museum of Asturias, Modern Wing
1 Alfonso II el Casto Square, Oviedo
The recovery of that modernity, after the parenthesis of the Spanish war and the period of autarchy, is not literal, there is no strict stylistic continuity. There is no longer so much demand, not times of innovation but revision, adaptation to a socio-economic and cultural reality that has changed. It is the moment of a new sensibility that is imposing itself in the plastic arts, in the music and in the cinematography of the period.
The task of renovation of the architecture Asturian of the Fifties falls to a heterogenous group of architects of ages and diverse academic formation that approach their work from a strictly professional vision and with great creative freedom. Among them are Ignacio Álvarez Castelao, Juan Manuel del Busto González, Joaquín Cores Uría, Miguel Díaz Negrete, Julio Galán Gómez, José Gómez del Collado, Federico Somolinos Cuesta, Juan Vallaure Fernández-Peña and Joaquín Vaquero Palacios.
The exhibition located in the temporary exhibition rooms of the Enlargement building is structured in 6 sections and consists of 105 panels, 52 original documents, 15 pieces of furniture, 8 works of art and 1 short documentary, which allow the visitor to reconstruct an imaginary (A latent imaginary, which becomes evident through the tour of the exhibition space), and which is none other than that of the architecture itself, which we see day by day.
All of them produce a brilliant, colorful architecture, indebted to the new abstraction that made its way into modern plastic, which conveys a feeling of optimism, a certain lightness and nonchalance, especially when compared to what is going to be done in the Decades, filled with insecurity and political-social concerns and strongly pressured by consumerist developmentism.