Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (BEAU) at Centro Niemeyer, Avilés

August 3, 2017

The Cultural Center designed by Brazilian architect Niemeyer is hosting until August 12 an exhibition showing the results of the XIII BEAU Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism, comprising the works of the architects awarded or shortlisted among the various categories of the Biennial.

 

'BEAU Spanish Biennal of Architecture and Urbanism' exhibition display © Centro Niemeyer

‘BEAU Spanish Biennal of Architecture and Urbanism’ exhibition display © Centro Niemeyer

 

The Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (BEAU) is being shown in the Centro Niemeyer, a Center for the Arts and Culture in Avilés, Spain. The XIII BEAU, entitled Alternativas / Alternatives, has traveled to United States, France, Germany, Japan and Sweden. The exhibition, which also includes an additional 20 shortlisted works, features large-scale image displays and audiovisual commentary about the winning projects, as well as drawing reproductions and architectural models.  (more…)

“The Abstract Eclosion” at IVAM, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern

August 2, 2017

“The Abstract Eclosion” is one of the latest exhibitions at the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, which explores the many faces of abstract art, ranging from early works to contemporary artists, comprising pictorial art as well as sculpture, installations and more theoretical approaches.

 

Luis Gordillo, Serie Limo 1991 © IVAM

Luis Gordillo, Serie Limo 1991 © IVAM

 

IVAM’s latest exhibition focuses on abstraction, looking at artists who understand line and colour as elements of a visual language equivalent to the function that words and sentences play in written or spoken language. A language whose aim is not so much to describe or narrate a specific situation as to produce sensations, experiences or emotions that are like a musical composition, a sequence of tones, rather than a descriptive narrative.

The exhibition, named La eclosión de la abstracción. Línea y color en la colección del IVAM (The Birth of Abstraction. Line and Colour in the IVAM Collection) includes a number of artists such as Antoni Tapiès, Luis Gordillo, James Turrell, Pierre Soulages and Lucio Fontana, among others.  (more…)

Learn all about BigMat’17 shortlisted projects for this year’s Architecture Award

July 27, 2017

Out of a total of almost nine hundred projects presented across the seven European countries taking part in the Award, 87 were shortlisted to participate in the online voting for the Public Prize. Learn more about the selected projects below!

 

BigMat International Architecture Award 2017 meeting room © photo: Pablo Tribello

BigMat International Architecture Award 2017 meeting room © photo: Pablo Tribello

 

Out of a total of almost nine hundred projects presented across the seven European countries taking part in the Award (Belgium, Spain, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Portugal), the panel of judges chaired by Jesús Aparicio and comprising Xaveer de Geyter (Belgium), Henrieta Moravčíková (Czech Republic + Slovakia), Marc Barani (France), Francesco Isidori (Italy), Paulo David (Portugal + Spain), and awards secretary Jesús Donaire, singled out 87  projects to be shortlisted.  (more…)

SOLO House by Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen

July 13, 2017

The first house was completed three years ago by the Chilean duo Mauricio Pezo and Sofia Von Ellrichshausen, and the second «second home» by The Belgium architects Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen was inaugurated this spring.

 

Solo House / OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen © Bas Princen

Solo House / OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen © Bas Princen

 

The Office KGDVS project seemingly provides all the basic structural elements: a concrete foundation, (but shaped as a circular “catwalk”), a façade corresponding with the three inhabited segments (but perforated and with the feature to be shifted around the circumference if needed), a simple flat roof supported by four rows made up of nine columns which cut chords from the circular base (but with all technical infrastructure – photovoltaic panels, water tanks and generators – exposed as though sculptural objects), and a set of furniture (but all directly connected to the supporting columns). In this project all conventions are questioned and then given a solid new answer.  (more…)

Opening of Centro Botín, cultural facilities by Renzo Piano Building Workshop

June 30, 2017

The building lies on the edge of Pereda Gardens, hovering 20 meters over the sea. Composed by two lobal-shaped volumes, the Centro Botín reflects the sunlight and the sparkles of the water through 280,000 small ceramic tiles that cover the building’s façade.

 

Centro Botín. Renzo Piano Building Workshop, 2017 © Enrico Cano

Centro Botín. Renzo Piano Building Workshop, 2017 © Enrico Cano

 

Renzo Piano Building Workshop’s latest construction, the Centro Botín in Santander, Spain, was inagurated last week. The building is a Cultural and Arts Centre for the Botín Foundation, which has a history of over 50 years of dissemination and promotion of educational programmes in the realms of the arts and culture, education, science and rural development.

Besides the building design, the surrounding public garden area has also been renovated by creating an underground tunnel and restoring existing small-scale buildings in the park in order to adapt them to new uses, such as cafeteria, visitor’s information and tourist office, etc. The garden design also comprises the implementation of a series of fountain sculptural works by Cristina Iglesias, a renowned Spanish sculptor famous for her naturalistic pieces.

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“City in Process” at CentroCentro: new spaces for culture in Madrid

May 7, 2017

City in Process (Ciudad en proceso) is the fourth and final show in the Architecture, City and Thought Hub (Concentrador de arquitectura, ciudad y pensamiento) series of exhibitions curated by Inés Caballero. On this occasion, the space presents a reflection on the practices involved in developing spaces for culture currently underway in Madrid.

 

ColeccionSOLO © EstudioHerreros

ColeccionSOLO © estudioHerreros

 

The event presents five projects currently underway: Dos de Mayo Art Centre by the Office For Political Innovation; El Capricho Palace Museum by Cuarq Arquitectos; the SOLO Collection by Estudio Herreros; the Mahou Space by Héctor Fernández Elorza; and GRIGRI Pixel by Enorme Estudio. (more…)

“A golden age: Architecture in Asturias 1950-1965″ exhibition at the Fine Arts Museum of Asturias

April 21, 2017

The exhibition is organised in 6 sections and comprises 105 panels, 52 original documents, 15 pieces of furniture and 8 works of art, allowing the visitor to bring together a latent collective imagination which is none other than that of the architecture itself as seen everyday.

 

Proaza Power Station, Don Joaquin Vaquero Palacios 1965 © Fotofilatelia

Proaza Power Station, Don Joaquin Vaquero Palacios 1965 © Fotofilatelia

 

Based on the book “Modernity again: Architecture in Asturias 1950-1965″, by Fernando Nanclares and Nieves Ruiz -awarded with the Prize of the Architect’s Association of Asturias-, the exhibition “A golden age: Architecture in Asturias 1950-1965″ shows a new interpretation on the golden age of modern Asturian architecture, developed during the fifties and the first part of the sixties. During these years, the modern spirit  and the avant-garde ideas that had already given excellent results during the times of the Second Spanish Republic (1931 – 1939) emerged again.  (more…)

“Carrilho da Graça: Lisbon” at Museu Marítim de Barcelona

April 12, 2017

The materials presented in this retrospective allow an approximation to a theory of territory, expressed in a plan and a model of the city, as seen in the models of the architect’s projects. Da Graça is the architect of the Pavilion of Knowledge of the Seas at the 1998 World Exposition in Lisbon and the musealization of the archaeological zone of the New Castle Square.

 

Edifício-sede do Banco Português de Investimento, 2015 © João Luís Carrilho da Graça

Edifício-sede do Banco Português de Investimento, 2015 © João Luís Carrilho da Graça

 

The MMB and Architects for Architecture present the exhibition “Carrilho da Graça: Lisbon“. This is not an exhibition about João Luís Carrilho da Graça or his work, but its anthological character is inevitable. The show reveals a way of looking that has been present since the beginning of his professional and teaching activity. It is a way of looking that is illustrated from the city where he has worked for more than 30 years: Lisbon. This exhibit has previously been exhibited at the Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon, at the Leopoldo Rother Architecture Museum in Bogotá, and at the Museu da Casa Brasileira in São Paulo.

From the materials presented in this retrospective, the exhibition sheds light on what is a veritable theory of territory, expressed in a ground plan and model of Lisbon, and reiterated by the models of the individual projects. This theory holds that the construction of a city and its architecture is underpinned by the human routes and settlements that were there before, which in turn are determined by the main lines and points of the topography of the land.

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“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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“The value in mathematics – How do we learn?” exhibition by Falke Pisano at C3A Córdoba

March 16, 2017

In her latest series of works, “The value in mathematics”, Pisano examines the often overlooked relationship between culture and mathematics. Through sculptures, texts, diagrams, and videos, she investigates how western cultural values, such as progress, rationality, and universality, have influenced the way we have come to think about mathematics.

 

"The value in mathematics - How do we learn?", exhibition view © Álvaro Carmona

“The value in mathematics – How do we learn?”, exhibition view © Álvaro Carmona

 

Falke Pisano‘s work (Netherlands, 1978), is based on long-term projects, which she conceives as organised fields of research, production, and reflection. Her installations explore the status of knowledge and learning programmes with the aid of diagrammatic structures and abstract sculptural forms. (more…)