“Sáenz de Oíza. Arts and Crafts” at ICO Museum

“Sáenz de Oíza. Arts and crafts”, an exhibition to explore the eyes and inspiration of the great reference of twentieth-century architecture. The ICO Museum joins with this exhibition the celebration of the centenary of the birth of Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oíza (Cáseda-Navarra, 1918 – Madrid, 2000), the polyhedral artist, undoubtedly one of the most outstanding architects of the Spanish architecture of the twentieth century.


Francisco Javier Saénz de Oíza, Palacio de Festivales de Santander. Cross section.


In eighty-two years of life he traveled 500 of existence, learning and production. Since the Middle Ages, in which he claimed to have been born by his childhood in rural Casedana roughness, Oíza travels, mixes with the Vanguards of the twentieth century and dedicates his last five decades to the creation for which he is commemorated today.


“Sáenz de Oíza. Arts and Crafts”
7 February – 26 April, 2020
ICO Foundation Museum
C/ Zorrilla, 3 Madrid


The exhibition presents, after an approach to the origins of Sáenz de Oíza and his relationship with the spirit of the time, his personal world with his architectural work, accompanied by a small group of artists from the broad spectrum that covered the Oizian gaze. The tour evokes the camaraderie among these friends, present and partners with their art or patronage in many of Oíza’s projects, enriching the sources for the free conception and development of their architecture.


Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oíza, Torre Banco de Bilbao, Castellana, 81. 

Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oíza, Torres Blancas, exterior view. © Ana Amado


Sáenz de Oíza. Arts and crafts is divided into five spaces around which to suggest, inspire or provoke emotions, with which to interpret the work of the architect through his work material, his objects and the artistic work of his creative environment.


José Antonio Sistiaga. “Four seasons” april 1970.Original work at Torres Blancas top floor restaurant. C J. A. Sistiaga, VEGAP, Madrid, 2020, Fotografía: C J.P. Zabala,

Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oíza Torres Blancas, floorplan. 100 × 100 cm. photo: Luis Merino

Pablo Palazuelo. Orizontis (Or en Safran), 1967.  Museo Universidad de Navarra. C Fundación Pablo Palazuelo

Esculturas de los apóstoles de Jorge Oteiza en la fachada de Aránzazu. Fotografía: © Jesús Herrero Marcos

Antonio López, Madrid desde Capitán Haya, 1987-1996.  Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid. © Antonio López, VEGAP, Madrid, 2020


This exhibition is part of the Madrid Design Festival 2020 programming.


Apostle  sculptures by Jorge Oteiza at Aránzazu © Jesús Herrero Marcos


News source: Fundación ICO
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