“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…)