“Spirals of Light – Luis Cubillo and Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974” at COAM Madrid

Exhibition on the close collaboration between the Madrid architect Luis Cubillo de Arteaga (1921-2000) and the Alicante artist of Mutxamel Arcadio Blasco Pastor (1928-2013) between mid-century, whose work was the perfect counterpoint to the radical architecture of Cubillo.

 

"Spirals of Light - Luis Cubillo And Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974" © Roberto Ruiz

“Spirals of Light – Luis Cubillo And Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974” © Roberto Ruiz

 

If the usual, especially in the construction of the new temples, was the subordination of the artist to the architect, in his case absolute freedom was given, decisively enriching the buildings of Cubillo, with landmarks such as the church of the town of Canillas and the Castellón Seminar. For the latter he projected the largest window of its kind made in Spain so far, with a gigantic spiral of light that covered the entire sacral space.


 

Practical information

“Spirals of Light – Luis Cubillo and Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974”
May 30 – Septemeber 7, 2018
COAM – Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid
Calle de Hortaleza, 63, Madrid
Spain

 


It is easy to trace the evolution of the artist’s plastic work in those years, from figuration to its derivation towards an organic abstraction. The spirals or developments gave way to the idea-objects, and all of them found their transcript in the stained-glass windows of Cubillo’s temples. And, although the architect’s post-conciliar geometries became more complex, Blasco was able to respond effectively to his new requirements, and continue to experiment technically and formally, with results that shine in the Madrid parishes of San Fernando and Jesus de Nazaret.

 

"Spirals of Light - Luis Cubillo And Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974" © Roberto Ruiz

“Spirals of Light – Luis Cubillo And Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974” © Roberto Ruiz

 

All the outstanding temples of Cubillo counted on the contribution of Blasco, fundamentally for their perfect understanding of the simple dialectic of opposites that underlay in their architecture. Both shared an avant-garde vision of their respective trades and a common need to support their designs in a mastery of the technique that favored them.

 

"Spirals of Light - Luis Cubillo And Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974" © Roberto Ruiz

“Spirals of Light – Luis Cubillo And Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974” © Roberto Ruiz

"Spirals of Light - Luis Cubillo And Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974" © Roberto Ruiz

“Spirals of Light – Luis Cubillo And Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974” © Roberto Ruiz

 

The relationship established between Blasco and Cubillo was also marked by important moments of life, including the design for the artist’s studio and his family in Bonalba in 1964, his definitive refuge in Alicante. Additional exhibition with “My father and his luminous drawings”. Curated by Isidro Blasco, son of the artist, will take place at _2B space to be (Calle de Benigno Soto, 14) from May 29 to July 15.

 

"Spirals of Light - Luis Cubillo And Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974" © Roberto Ruiz

“Spirals of Light – Luis Cubillo And Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974” © Roberto Ruiz

"Spirals of Light - Luis Cubillo And Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974" © Roberto Ruiz

“Spirals of Light – Luis Cubillo And Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974” © Roberto Ruiz

"Spirals of Light - Luis Cubillo And Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974" © Roberto Ruiz

“Spirals of Light – Luis Cubillo And Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974” © Roberto Ruiz

"Spirals of Light - Luis Cubillo And Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974" © Roberto Ruiz

“Spirals of Light – Luis Cubillo And Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974” © Roberto Ruiz

"Spirals of Light - Luis Cubillo And Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974" © COAM

“Spirals of Light – Luis Cubillo And Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974” © COAM

"Spirals of Light - Luis Cubillo And Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974" © COAM

“Spirals of Light – Luis Cubillo And Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974” © COAM

"Spirals of Light - Luis Cubillo And Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974" © COAM

“Spirals of Light – Luis Cubillo And Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974” © COAM

"Spirals of Light - Luis Cubillo And Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974" © COAM

“Spirals of Light – Luis Cubillo And Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974” © COAM

"Spirals of Light - Luis Cubillo And Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974" © COAM

“Spirals of Light – Luis Cubillo And Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974” © COAM

"Spirals of Light - Luis Cubillo And Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974" © COAM

“Spirals of Light – Luis Cubillo And Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974” © COAM

"Spirals of Light - Luis Cubillo And Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974" © COAM

“Spirals of Light – Luis Cubillo And Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974” © COAM

"Spirals of Light - Luis Cubillo And Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974" © COAM

“Spirals of Light – Luis Cubillo And Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974” © COAM

"Spirals of Light - Luis Cubillo And Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974" © COAM

“Spirals of Light – Luis Cubillo And Arcadio Blasco. 1956-1974” © COAM


 

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