The exhibition “Cruz y Ortiz 1/200…1/2000” provides an overview of over forty years of the professional careers of architects Antonio Cruz and Antonio Ortiz. Among the works included in the “Cruz y Ortiz 1/200…1/2000” exhibition are the Santa Justa Railway Station dating back to 1992 and more recent projects such as the extension of the Rijksmuseum, one of Europe’s most important museums, inviting the spectator to reflect on museum architecture and the institution of the museum itself.
“Cruz y Ortiz 1/200…1/2000”
October 4 2016 – January 22, 2017
Museo ICO, free entry
Calle Zorrilla 3, Madrid
The main objective of Museo ICO is the dissemination of the best contemporary architecture, both Spanish and international. This year we have travelled from Olot to Seville to provide a broader perspective of our architecture. Thus, after RCR Arquitectes, it is an honour to now have Antonio Cruz and Antonio Ortiz.”, says Mónica de Linos, Director of the ICO Foundation. “Their architecture is marked by rigour, sobriety and a concern for the constructive process, features which render their work worthy of a close look”, concludes de Linos.
The Museo ICO devotes special attention to the project involving one of the most emblematic sports facilities in Madrid: the new stadium of the Atlético de Madrid which will be inaugurated next August as the headquarters of this Madrid football club. Since its initial design as an athletics stadium for the Community of Madrid until this soccer club plays its first match, over thirty years will have elapsed, which makes it the work with the longest period of execution in the studio.
Along with these works are another 50 projects, all explained through sketches and models, executed by Cruz y Ortiz since 1974, both those that were built – which is the case of most of them – and those that remained at the project stage due to not having been selected in the many national and international tenders in which the studio has taken part.
Cruz y Ortiz 1/200…1/2000. On the exhibition and the title:
The exhibition boasts great unity. The manner of display on identical tables, all lit in the same way, set in transformed exhibition rooms at the Museo ICO are all geared to achieve this unifying purpose. “We do not doubt the fascination that life–size reproductions holds for those who look at them”, says Antonio Ortiz. “We have attempted to achieve this somewhat via the many models displayed and highlighted in the very title of the exhibition. We have tried to provide a solution to something which all architects agree with: an exhibition of architecture is not easy to do”. On the other hand he adds: “Architects are well acquainted with the transition that takes place when gradually larger scales are used. One starts from an often intuitive beginning until the precision and accuracy required by a technical document is achieved”.
The museum has been divided into three exhibition spaces and two projection areas. Each space has long tables on which the information on each project is displayed. The tables, as well as organising the visit, divide the exhibition Cruz y Ortiz 1/200…1/2000: into six thematic areas: essential projects, the new Atlético de Madrid stadium, significant projects, curved geometry projects, projects with a predominance of interior spaces and projects with split geometries.
Four photographs by José Manuel Ballester, National Photography Prize 2010, displayed in strategic locations, add grandeur and beauty to the exhibition. “The collaboration of José Manuel Ballester, through five of his photographs, must be understood as a gesture of generosity and friendship on his part, by accepting a secondary role which is not usual for him. These large format photos highlight, without illustrating, certain points of the exhibition”, adds Antonio Ortiz.
This is an exhibition understood by Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos as an ongoing project: “six years ago we held our first exhibitions – which we called “Synthesis Architecture” – where we also used models to illustrate what we have just explained. This exhibition would be, therefore, an intensified version of the previous ones. And its title – more aseptic and less pretentious, 1/200…1/2000– is the acknowledgement of the undeniable capacity of suggestion of the smaller scale.
MAIN WORKS IN THE EXHIBITION
Homes on calle Doña María Coronel Seville (1974-76)
«Santa Justa» Station Seville (1988-1991)
Homes in Novo Sancti Petri Cádiz (1990-1991)
Coach station in Huelva (1990-1994)
Spanish Pavillion in Expo 2000 Hannover (1999-2000)
Museum of the Marine World in Doñana, Huelva (1999-2001)
Basle Railway Station (1996-2003)
Dutch Cultural Heritage Institute. Atelierbuilding Amsterdam (2002-2007)
Refurbishment of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (2001-2013)
Central building of the Campus of Health Sciences and Faculty of Medicine (2006-2014)
Offices for the Junta de Andalucía on calle Picasso Seville (2005-2015)
Athletics stadium of the Community of Madrid (1989-1994)
Atlético de Madrid Football Stadium (2010-2017)