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.
“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
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.
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.
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.