“Francis Kéré. Primary elements” at ICO Museum Madrid

An exhibition dedicated to the African architect whose architecture has received great acclaim and has won numerous awards thanks to the development of innovative strategies that combine traditional materials and construction techniques with the most advanced engineering technologies.

 

Gando School Library @ Francis Kéré

Gando School Library @ Francis Kéré

 

Francis Kéré has developed innovative strategies that combine materials and traditional construction methods with modern engineering techniques. Since the establishment of his own practice in 2005, his work has reappeded a great recognition, with prizes like the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture, the BSI Swiss Architectural Award, the Marcus Prize, Global Holcim Gold Award, and the SchellingArchitecture Award. (more…)

“In Time” Carlos Cánovas at ICO Museum Madrid

“In Time” is a journey through the work of Carlos Cánovas from the 80s to the present, featuring 128 photographs grouped into six series: Tapias (1980), Beyond Walls (1983-1990), Vallès Oriental (1990), Landscape of no Return (1993-1994), Anonymous Landscape (1992-2005), and Seventh Heaven (2007-2017). The photographer´s entire body of work constitutes a kind of analytical record of urban transformation.

 

"In Time" Carlos Cánovas © Carlos Cánovas  / VEGAP

“In Time” Carlos Cánovas © Carlos Cánovas / VEGAP

 

For this exhibition, Cánovas has sought out space where nature and human intervention converge; interstitial landscapes found in city limits that suggest multiple readings of space, distance, and time. These are concepts that the photographer also incorporates in his personal reflections on photography: «What the photographer does is try to make sure that what is in his images reflect his initial ideas and also, in a way that is perhaps less deliberate but no less important, his doubts». (more…)

“Joaquín Vaquero Palacios: The Beauty of the Huge, 1954-1980” at ICO Museum Madrid

An exhibition on an architect, painter, and sculptor who turned hydroelectric power plants into large-scale total works of art through a global creative process. Prolific in all disciplines, this exhibition focuses on the work that, fruit of thirty years of collaboration with Hidroeléctrica del Cantábrico, materialized in five Asturian power plants.

 

Integración artística en la Central hidroeléctrica de Proaza (Asturias), 1964- 1968 / Joaquín Vaquero Palacios. Image © Luis Asín

Integración artística en la Central hidroeléctrica de Proaza (Asturias), 1964- 1968 / Joaquín Vaquero Palacios. Image © Luis Asín

 

Joaquín Vaquero Palacios (Oviedo, 1900-Madrid, 1998) worked in Asturian power plants, in Salime (1945-1955), Miranda (1956-62), Proaza (1964-68), Aboño (1969-1980), and Tanes (1980). Joaquín Vaquero Ibáñez, a grandson of the multifaceted artist, is the curator of the exhibition, for which he has selected a series of models, original plans, sketches, period photographs, and industrial objects. (more…)