“Rafael Moneo. Theory through practice. Archive materials (1961-2016)” at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Madrid

April 3, 2017

The exhibition will bring together a selection of drawings, architectural models and photographs of 46 celebrated buildings by this Spanish architect, including Logroño Town Hall, the Museo Nacional de Arte Romano in Mérida, the extension to Atocha station in Madrid, the Kursaal in San Sebastián, and the Museum of Modern Art and Architecture in Stockholm.

 

National Museum of Roman Art, Merida, Spain, 1980-1986. Pencil on paper. Image © Rafael Moneo Courtesy of Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

National Museum of Roman Art, Merida, Spain, 1980-1986. Pencil on paper. Image © Rafael Moneo Courtesy of Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Having been seen in A Coruña at the exhibition space of the Fundación Barrié – the exhibition’s organisers – and at various international venues, in the spring of 2017 the first major retrospective on Rafael Moneo will arrive at the Museum in Madrid.


 

Practical information

“Rafael Moneo. Theory through practice. Archive materials, (1961-2016)”
April 4 – June 11, 2017
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Madrid
Paseo del Prado, 8, Madrid
Spain

 


It will bring together a selection of drawings, architectural models and photographs of 46 celebrated buildings by this Spanish architect, including Logroño Town Hall, the Museo Nacional de Arte Romano in Mérida, the extension to Atocha station in Madrid, the Kursaal in San Sebastián, the Museum of Modern Art and Architecture in Stockholm, the cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, the laboratories at Columbia University, New York, and the extension to the Museo del Prado. Also included are various projects that were never executed but which also illustrate a fundamental part of Moneo’s thinking. In addition, to coincide with the Museum’s 25th anniversary, the exhibition will include a “Thyssen Room” on the remodelling of the Palacio de Villahermosa as the venue to house the ThyssenBornemisza collection in Madrid.

 

National Museum of Roman Art, Merida. Photograph © Michael Moran/OTTO. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

National Museum of Roman Art, Merida. Photograph © Michael Moran/OTTO. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

 

Organised in collaboration with Fundación Barrié and Estudio Rafael Moneo, this major retrospective held for the award- winning Spanish “starchitect” Rafael Moneo, featuring around 250 original drawings, photographs and models from 46 projects spanning his entire career. Organised into six biographical sections, the exhibition sheds light on how Moneo’s unique way of thinking and theories have been central to the development of the recent history of architecture, and how his designs have had tremendous influence on generations of architects. “Rafael Moneo: A Theoretical Reflection from the Professional Practice” tells the story of an architect who sought to define an approach to architectural design based on a strong disciplinary basis amid the ever – changing conditions of his time, and who accepted the difficult position of claiming architecture as a specific form of knowledge.
Atocha. Photography © Michael Moran / Rafael Moneo Courtesy of Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Atocha. Photography © Michael Moran / Rafael Moneo Courtesy of Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Extension to the Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1998-2007. Photographer Michael Moran. © Rafael Moneo. Courtesy Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Extension to the Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1998-2007. Photographer Michael Moran. © Rafael Moneo. Courtesy Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Moneo skillfully applied both traditional Roman construction techniques and contemporary architectural mechanisms, such that the museum came to be the missing link between ancient Roman culture and Mérida today. Other projects
featured include Kursaal, Auditorium and Congress Centre in San Sebastián, Spain (1999). Ignoring conventional architecture, this auditorium and congress centre was designed to become part of the landscape along the coastline. To maintain the proposal’s abstraction, Moneo explored the potential of a material he had never worked with before– glass. It honours the geography, ultimately becoming a well – known cultural landmark in Spain. Another exhibit,
the Prado Museum Extension,Madrid, Spain (2007), shows his outstanding work which breaks free from the limitations of typical building extension construction projects. Instead of a simpleevamp of the museum, it resulted in an intervention to the city.
Building site of the laboratories of Columbia University in the City of New York. Photograph © Duccio Malagamba. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Building site of the laboratories of Columbia University in the City of New York. Photograph © Duccio Malagamba. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles, California, USA, 1996-2002. Wood. © Rafael Moneo, Courtesy Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles, California, USA, 1996-2002. Wood. © Rafael Moneo, Courtesy Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Extension to the City Hall of Murcia, 1991-1998. Ink on paper. Image © Rafael Moneo. Courtesy of Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Extension to the City Hall of Murcia, 1991-1998. Ink on paper. Image © Rafael Moneo. Courtesy of Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Portrait of Rafael Moneo. On the building site of the laboratories of Columbia University in the City of New York. Image ©Rafael Moneo. Courtesy Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Portrait of Rafael Moneo. On the building site of the laboratories of Columbia University in the City of New York. Image ©Rafael Moneo. Courtesy Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Free-hand design. Madrid Opera House, Spain, 1962. Pencil on paper © Rafael Moneo. Courtesy Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Free-hand design. Madrid Opera House, Spain, 1962. Pencil on paper © Rafael Moneo. Courtesy Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Transformer Factory Diestre, Zaragoza, 1964-1967. Photograph © Maspons Ubiña / Rafael Moneo Courtesy of Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Transformer Factory Diestre, Zaragoza, 1964-1967. Photograph © Maspons Ubiña / Rafael Moneo Courtesy of Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Fundación Pilar i Joan Miró, Palma de Mallorca, 1987-1992. Drawing on paper. © Rafael Moneo. Courtesy Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Fundación Pilar i Joan Miró, Palma de Mallorca, 1987-1992. Drawing on paper. © Rafael Moneo. Courtesy Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Kursaal, Auditorium and Conference Center, San Sebastián © Michael Moran/OTTO. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Kursaal, Auditorium and Conference Center, San Sebastián © Michael Moran/OTTO. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Kursaal, overview. Photograph © F.O.A / Rafael Moneo Courtesy of Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Kursaal, overview. Photograph © F.O.A / Rafael Moneo Courtesy of Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Moderna Museet Arkitektur Museet, Estocolmo, Suecia. Fotografía © Michael Moran / Rafael Moneo Cortesía Fundación Barrié. Imagen cortesía de Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Moderna Museet Arkitektur Museet, Estocolmo, Suecia. Fotografía © Michael Moran / Rafael Moneo Cortesía Fundación Barrié. Imagen cortesía de Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Headquarter of Bankinter, Madrid, 1973-1977. Pencil on paper. Image © Rafael Moneo Courtesy Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Headquarter of Bankinter, Madrid, 1973-1977. Pencil on paper. Image © Rafael Moneo Courtesy Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Antonio López Aguado, Palace of the Duchess of Villahermosa. Main facade overlooking the Carrera de San Jerónimo, 1805. Private collection. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Antonio López Aguado, Palace of the Duchess of Villahermosa. Main facade overlooking the Carrera de San Jerónimo, 1805. Private collection. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Attributed to Vigilio Rabaglio. Detail of elevation and section of the facade of the palace of Atri, around 1750. Chinese ink and watery on paper. Bellinzona (Switzerland), Archivio di Stato del Cantone Ticino, Fondo Rabaglio. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Attributed to Vigilio Rabaglio. Detail of elevation and section of the facade of the palace of Atri, around 1750. Chinese ink and watery on paper. Bellinzona (Switzerland), Archivio di Stato del Cantone Ticino, Fondo Rabaglio. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Model of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, former Palace of Villahermosa. Madrid, 1989-1992. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Model of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, former Palace of Villahermosa. Madrid, 1989-1992. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.


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“Plečnik’s Ljubljana” visiting exhibition at COAM Madrid

March 31, 2017

The so-called “Plečnik Year” 2017 starts off with “Plečnik’s Ljubljana”, an exhibition in Madrid showing the architect’s unique works in Prague, Vienna and Ljubljana. The exhibition will travel across various European cities, among which will also be the Czech capital in September, during the “Days of Ljubljana” in Prague.

 

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). Part of the exterior of the Churc of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Prague, 1928-1932.

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). Part of the exterior of the Churc of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Prague, 1928-1932.

The exhibition Plečnik’s Ljubljana is a collaboration between the Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana (MGML) and the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO), created by an initiative of the Slovenian Ministry of Culture. Part of the Plečnik Year 2017, the exhibition will present the maestro’s architecture across European cities. Its first stop, from 7 March to 27 April, is the Spanish capital of Madrid.

 

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“Plečnik’s Ljubljana”
March 7 – April 27. 2017
LaSede COAM, First Floor
C/ Hortaleza 63,
28004 Madrid

 


For the commemoration of the Plečnik Year 2017 the Embassy of Slovenia in Madrid, in collaboration with the Slovenian Ministry of Culture, Austrian Cultural Forum and the Czech Cultural Centre, is opening the exhibition Plečnik (1872–1957): Architect of Ljubljana, Prague and Vienna. The exhibition, which presents the masterful works of Plečnik in Ljubljana, Prague and Vienna, is on view between 7 March and 27 April at the architectural college of Madrid (Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid, COAM, C/ Hortaleza 63, Madrid). Its curators Natalija Lapajne, MAO, and Ana Porok, MGML, prepared a well-rounded presentation of Plečnik’s Ljubljana.
Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). Three bridges.

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). Three bridges.

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). Church of St Michael in Crna Vas, Ljubljana, 1937-1938.

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). Church of St Michael in Crna Vas, Ljubljana, 1937-1938.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Curators Ana Porok and Natalija Lapajne wrote in the exhibition’s introduction:
In 2017 we are celebrating the Plečnik year to commemorate the 145th anniversary of the birth and the 60th anniversary of the death of the architect Jože Plečnik. However, our recognition and valuation of his creations is not limited solely to a moment in time and space because his work touches the very universality and timelessness recognisable to all attentive observers. Characterized by the remains of the Roman period and particularly by Baroque style architecture, Ljubljana received its first modern urban plan, a work of Plečnik’s contemporary Max Fabiani, after the earthquake of 1895. From being a sleepy provincial town, it transformed into a modern Art-Noveau-style capital displaying new aesthetic ideals. It took Plečnik nearly three decades to put his vision of Ljubljana into reality. Faced with an already built up space, he redesigned and upgraded it, and between 1921 and 1957 he filled its city grid with a number of impressive buildings.

 

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957) . Obelisk on the moravian Bastion, Prague castle, 1922-1923

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957) . Obelisk on the moravian Bastion, Prague castle, 1922-1923

 

The National and University Library, the Garden of All Saints – Žale, the St. Francis Church in Šiška, and the Ljubljanica bridges are some of his most important interventions within the city. The land axis leading from his house in Trnovo to the Congress Square and the Zvezda Park in the city center represents the city’s cultural avenue. The water axis comprises the arrangement of the Ljubljanica basin, starting with the Trnovski pristan embankment, continuing with the Ljubljanica embankments in the city centre, the Cobbler’s Bridge, the Triple Bridge and Central marketplace, and ending with the sluices. With his arrangement of the embankments and bridges, placing of trees and other vegetation, which he understood as a means of architecture, Plečnik infused Ljubljana with a Mediterranean spirit. His third city axis connects the Jakopič Promenade in Tivoli Park with the Ljubljana Castle on the hill. A special and sacred place is the Garden of All Saints, part of the Žale Cemetary where Plečnik, with extraordinary sensibility and veneration, honoured the citizens of Ljubljana. The architect has transformed the capital so much that we now see it as “Plečnik’s Ljubljana”, a singular urban phenomenon and a comprehensive artwork of the 20th century.

 

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). The Parliament of slovenia, model, 1949.

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). The Parliament of slovenia, model, 1949.

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). Staircase of the Langer Apartment House in Vienna, 1901-1902.

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). Staircase of the Langer Apartment House in Vienna, 1901-1902.

 

Simultaneously with the Slovenian capital Plečnik also worked in Prague, where he made interventions in parts of the Prague Castle for the then president Masaryk and built the Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord, works which inspired many Czech architects. Numerous ideas were born, reciprocally multiplied, diversified and realised in one of the capitals. A joint effort of Slovenia and the Czech Republic for the international renown of the architect is now focused in the nomination project for the inscription of his works on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

 

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). Church os st Francis in Ljubljana, 1925-1927.

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). Church os st Francis in Ljubljana, 1925-1927.

 

Independent from contemporary architectural styles of the early 20th century, especially of the reigning modernism, Plečnik was able to develop his unique architectural language. His unique approach to the reinterpretation of architectural heritage and an extraordinarily rich symbolism contain elements of timeless architecture. With his approach he upgraded and reinterpreted space, while he modernised it and looked for new usages of its traditional function. His architecture offers universal solutions for key questions in different generations, which makes his works perennial.


 

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“Modelling for the camera. Photography of architectural models in Spain, 1925–1970″ at ICO Madrid

February 23, 2017

Through this exhibition, Museo ICO focuses on, for the very first time in Spain, the role of models and the photography thereof in the creation of the image of architectural modernity in Spain.

 

Sede de los Laboratorios JORBA, Madrid, 1965. Miguel Fisac Serna. Fotografía © C. Jiménez. Imagen cortesía de La Fábrica

Sede de los Laboratorios JORBA, Madrid, 1965. Miguel Fisac Serna. Fotografía © C. Jiménez. Imagen cortesía de La Fábrica

 

The exhibition features 138 photographs, 14 albums and contact sheets, 20 magazines, 13 models and one projection, for the large part, all specimens are originals that reflect on modern architecture. The photographs were taken by around 35 photographers over more than four decades. Francesc Català-Roca, Kindel, Pando, Luis Lladó, Oriol Maspons-Julio Ubiña, Francisco Gómez, are just a few of the photographers on show at this exhibition.

Their cameras captured the models used for the most noteworthy architectural projects in modern history, and other less known projects, undertaken by the best Spanish architects of the mid- 20th century, such as Josep Lluís Sert, Miguel Fisac, José Antonio Coderch, Francisco de Asís Cabrero, Javier Carvajal, Alejandro de la Sota and Fernando Higueras. 
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The Museo del Prado exhibits the finalist proposals presented in the Hall of Realms competition

December 13, 2016

The Museo del Prado has organised a public exhibition to present the eight finalists that entered the international tender for the architectural renovation and museum adaptation of the Hall of Realms. The winning proposal was presented by the team made up of Foster + Partners L.T.D. and Rubio Arquitectura S.L.P.

 

Hall of Realms winning proposal by Foster + Partners and Rubio Arquitectura © Foster + Partners and Rubio Arquitectura

Hall of Realms winning proposal by Foster + Partners and Rubio Arquitectura © Foster + Partners and Rubio Arquitectura

 

The Museo del Prado exhibits the eight finalist proposals presented as part of the Tender for the Renovation of the Hall of Realms. The tender, which was announced in the Official State Gazette (B.O.E.) on 1st March 2016, and whose purpose was to choose the team of architects to be entrusted with the renovation  of the Hall of Realms, was settled last 22nd November. (more…)

“The Visible City”, maps and social transformation at CentroCentro Madrid

October 18, 2016

The Visible City is an exhibition presenting maps as forms of visualization, social transformation and analysis tools, repositories of knowledge and learning environments thanks to technology. It is the second exhibition within the cycle “Architecture, City and Thought Hub”, curated by Inés Caballero.

 

"In the Air" application, Nerea Calvillo © CentroCentro

“In the Air” application, Nerea Calvillo © CentroCentro

 

“Architecture, City and Thought Hub” is CentroCentro’s architecture section current exhibition.  Curated by Inés Caballero, this exhibition brings together content, language and hidden values ​​of the architecture of the city of Madrid existing in its historical and professional legacies, academic papers, specialized publications and cultural catalogs. (more…)

“Atlas of the Ruins of Europe” showing at CentroCentro Madrid

October 6, 2016

The exhibition, open until the end of January, elaborates a new account of the history and memory of Europe, searching for new narratives and a personal reflection of the visitor.

 

C.A.S.I.T.A. [Loreto Alonso, Eduardo Galvagni y Diego del Pozo) Vallas de la frontera entre Ceuta y Melilla 1985-2014 2014. Serie de 12 grabados intervenidos  Cortesía de los artistas

C.A.S.I.T.A. (Loreto Alonso, Eduardo Galvagni y Diego del Pozo) Vallas de la frontera entre Ceuta y Melilla 1985-2014. Serie de 12 grabados intervenidos. Cortesía de los artistas

 

CentroCentro, Madrid’s Town Hall cultural centre has recently inaugurated the exhibition “Atlas of the ruins of Europe“, a new project which is part of the centre’s seasonal program reflecting on Europe since last May. Organized and produced by CentroCentro, the exhibition explores the ruins of modern European infrastructures, taking more than  140 examples -prints, books, paintings, photographs, video and other documents- from over a hundred artists, ranging from the century XVI to the present.

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Visit Madrid’s most emblematic buildings during OPEN HOUSE architecture festival

September 21, 2016

In its second edition, the Festival has signed an agreement with the local Architects’ Guild (COAM) whereby OPEN HOUSE Madrid will be held on the 1st and 2nd of October, during the city’s “Architecture Week”, opening over 100 buildings and urban spaces to the general public.

 

Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute, Fernando Higueras y Antonio Miró, 1965

 

The city’s most emblematic buildings will be open to the public on the first weekend of October, celebrating Madrid’s Architecture Week. Over 40 new buildings and urban spaces will join the previous year’s circuit, with over 25,000 visitors: historical buildings such as the National Senate Building, the Zarzuela Theatre, or the National Car Park -where the official car fleet is kept-, as well as recently completed contemporary buildings like the BBVA sail building (by Herzog & de Meuron) or the Repsol Campus, by Spanish architect Rafael de la Hoz. (more…)

“Gabriele Basilico, architecture and city” photographs from the collections of MAXXI in Madrid

July 18, 2016

The exhibition is a journey through several Italian and international cities -Rome, Milan, Genova, Naples, Palermo, Beirut- envisioned through the eyes of one of the most important interpreters of contemporary photography.

 

Roma, Palazzina San Maurizio © Gabriele Basilico

Roma, Palazzina San Maurizio © Gabriele Basilico

 

The Italian Cultural Institute of Madrid presents, as a part of the International Photography Festival PHOTOESPAÑA2016,  the exhibition “Gabriele Basilico, architecture and city. Photographs from the collections of MAXXI”, curated by Margherita Guccione with Simona Antonacci. (more…)

“Hiroshi Sugimoto” conceptual photography at Mapfre Foundation Madrid

July 14, 2016

A notably intellectual artist, Sugimoto’s work contains a highly meditated conceptual element that encourages the spectator towards philosophical reflection and which the artist has used to reinterpret some of the principal genres in the classic tradition of photography.

 

Union City Drive-in, Union City , 1993. Gelatin silver print. © Hiroshi Sugimoto

Union City Drive-in, Union City , 1993. Gelatin silver print. © Hiroshi Sugimoto

 

From 23 June to 25 September 2016, Fundación Mapfre is presenting an exhibition in its Madrid exhibition space in Paseo Recoletos 23 on the Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, offering a survey of his work through his best-known series.

The exhibition is divided into five sections devoted to the artist’s major series: Theaters (1976-present); Lightning Fields (2006-present); Dioramas (1976-2012); Portraits (1994-1999); and Seascapes (1980-present). On display are a total of 41 large-format works that offer a survey of the artist’s last forty years of artistic activity while also looking forward to future creations, given that some of these series are still ongoing. (more…)

“Architecture, City and Thought Hub” at CentroCentro Madrid

June 5, 2016

This series of exhibitions at gather and showcase hidden content, languages and values related to the architecture of the city of Madrid that can be found in its historical archives, professional legacies, academic works, specialised publications and cultural catalogues

 

Periferia © Carlos Albalá

Periferia © Carlos Albalá

 

Architecture, city and thought Hub is a new series of exhibitions held in the architecture section at CentroCentro, curated by Inés Caballero.  The series, which comprises four exhibitions, will connect and gradually construct a large repository which will gather an imagery of the city that enables us to observe its present, understand its past and design its future. A great archive of archives of informative, historical and emotional content.

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