“Madrid, October 68: The Spanish experimental scene” at Frac Centre-Val de Loire

In autumn of 2018, the Frac Centre-Val de Loire will inaugurate the first exhibition in France dedicated to the Spanish experimental scene of the 1960’s and 1980’s. The retrospective portrays the incredible adventure of the University of Madrid’s Computing Center, which brought together artists, architects, engineers, scientists and intellectuals to explore the possibilities offered by automatic computer generated calculation.

 

Francisco Javier Seguí de la Riva & Ana Buenaventura, Ordre biologique, 1971 Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire

Francisco Javier Seguí de la Riva & Ana Buenaventura, Ordre biologique, 1971 Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire

 

These pioneers formed a community whose – collective – experience working at the crossroads of art and computing asserted a different form of artistic production between disciplines. The first computer at the Spanish university made its appearance in 1968, marking the beginning of the Computing Center’s activities. After decades of cultural isolation, artists, architects and musicians began reflecting on the uses of computers within their creative processes. The Computing Center became the most significant space for creative freedom at the end of the dictatorship, thus asserting itself as a collective structure for experimentation, in a context where gathering together “had a special, almost subversive meaning.” (more…)

“Sáenz de Oíza 1918 – 2018” at COAM Madrid

The COAM Architecture Foundation present at the COAM headquarters “Sáenz de Oíza 1918 – 2018”, title of the commemorative exhibition of the birth of the architect Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza (Cáseda – Navarra 1918), which shows practically all the work of this fundamental figure in Spanish and Madrid architecture in particular.

 

Palacio Congresos Santander, Saénz Oíza © Ana Amado

Palacio Congresos Santander, Saénz Oíza © Ana Amado

 

The exhibition takes place in four rooms. The first collects, in chronological order, both the work built and some ideas not made, along with the diverse material that accompanied the study of work of Oiza, as well as the objects of his family and affection of his home. Three unique works are separated from this atmosphere and constitute other spaces collected here today. (more…)

“Kasper Akhøj. Welcome (To The Teknival)” at Ivorypress Madrid

Ivorypress is pleased to present artist Kasper Akhøj’s latest project, entitled Welcome (To The Teknival). The exhibition, open until 3 November 2018, consists of a photographic series taken by Akhøj between the spring of 2009 and summer of 2017 during the ongoing restoration of E-1027, Maison en bord de mer.

 

"Kasper Akhøj. Welcome (To The Teknival)"  © Kasper Akhøj

“Kasper Akhøj. Welcome (To The Teknival)” © Kasper Akhøj

 

They are based on a series of photographs by Eileen Gray, first published by Jean Badovici in a special issue of the journal L’Architecture Vivante from 1929, the year their villa in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on the Côte d’Azur first stood finished. (more…)

Roland Halbe at COAM Madrid presents “9 photographs-9 situations”

On May 16 the exhibition “9 photographs-9 situations” was inaugurated, showing large-format photographs of the German Roland Halbe, referenced in the digital monograph “Roland Halbe for himself” of the international collection of architecture ebooks + scalae architects.

 

Guthrie Theatre Minneapolis, USA, Jean Nouvel, 2006 © Roland Halbe

Guthrie Theatre Minneapolis, USA, Jean Nouvel, 2006 © Roland Halbe

 

The renowned photographer, based in Stuttgart, has already worked in Spain with Banco Santander, the Canary Biennial or FCC and was curator of the On-Site: New Architecture in Spain exhibition at the MoMA in New York in 2006. (more…)

“Thumbs That Type and Swipe: The DIS Edutainment Network” at La Casa Encendida Madrid

La Casa Encendida presents the exhibition Thumbs That Type and Swipe: The DIS Edutainment Network, a guide for this brave new world that helps us understand how to be and how to view our own bodies and societies in the techno-capitalist context.

 

The Seavangelist by Jacob Hurwitz Goodman and Daniel Keller © DIS

The Seavangelist by Jacob Hurwitz Goodman and Daniel Keller © DIS

 

A project by DIS with Darren Bader, Will Benedict y Steffen Jørgensen, Casey Jane Ellison, Ilana Harris-Babou, Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman y Daniel Keller, Ian Isiah, Kim Laughton, Anastasia Davydova Lewis en colaboración con Eno Swinnen, Chus Martínez, Ada O’Higgins, Babak Radboy, Christopher Kulendran Thomas en colaboración con Annika Kuhlmann, Lance Tooks, Ryan Trecartin, Amalia Ulman, McKenzie Wark, Maroon World and Malte Zander. (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…)

“Las voces del GPS” at CentroCentro Madrid

“The voices of the GPS”, a project curated by Paula García-Masedo and María Rogel, emerges from a research context generated ex-profeso for the meeting between architecture and choreography. Team pairs of both disciplines have worked on a selection of events that occurred during car trips in the decades of 2000 and 2010.

 

Los fantasmas de Susie Sierra, elii y Jonathan Martineau © elii y Jonathan Martineau

Los fantasmas de Susie Sierra, elii y Jonathan Martineau © elii y Jonathan Martineau

 

From this real news, a joint investigative process has been developed that ends with a series of proposals in room, hybrid between the choreography and the installation. Other pieces, outside of CentroCentro, circulate in a car with driver. Crash crash crash crash. The exhibition is a journey through events, oscillating between the reality of the installations of the exhibited pieces and the world of fiction in which we live. (more…)

David Bestué “ROSI AMOR” at Museo Reina Sofía Madrid

The artist, David Bestué (Barcelona, 1980) presents this exhibition in which he carries out material and formal research inspired by the Madrid neighbourhoods of Las Tablas and Vallecas and the El Escorial Monastery.

 

David Bestué "ROSI AMOR" © Joaquín Cortés / Román Lores

David Bestué “ROSI AMOR” © Joaquín Cortés / Román Lores

 

In recent years, David Bestué (Barcelona, 1980) has realised a series of sculpture projects which critically review certain historical events and aesthetic/formal developments characterising last century’s avant-garde movements in the fields of art, architecture and literature. (more…)

Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (BEAU) at La Arqueria de Nuevos Ministerios Madrid

The XIII BEAU’s selection showcases a breadth of talent from across Spain, not just its biggest cities. It also highlights some of the country’s practices on the rise. In addition to projects by studios such as Arquitectura-G and H Arquitectes, much of the work included in Alternativas / Alternatives represents Spain’s up-and-coming architects and studios such as Abalo Alonso Arquitectos, Victor López Cotelo, Olalquiaga Arquitectos and more.

 

Casa Andamio (Girona,España)_Arquitectos: bosch.capdeferro arquitectures © José Hevia

Casa Andamio (Girona,España)_Arquitectos: bosch.capdeferro arquitectures © José Hevia

 

The Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (BEAU) is being shown in the Arqueria Nuevos Ministerios, in Madrid, Spain. The XIII BEAU, entitled Alternativas / Alternatives, has traveled to United States, France, Germany, Japan and Sweden. The exhibition, which also includes an additional 20 shortlisted works, features large-scale image displays and audiovisual commentary about the winning projects, as well as drawing reproductions and architectural models.  (more…)

“Le Corbusier” at Guillermo de Osma Gallery Madrid

This retrospective exhibition aims to highlight the importance of Le Corbusier’s pictorial production and analyze the basic features of his paintings. It presents more than twenty works among paintings, drawings and collages made by the artist during the last 30 years of his life.

 

Le Corbusier, "Deux femmes nuages"

Le Corbusier, “Deux femmes nuages”

 

The gallery Guillermo de Osma will host this exhibition that takes a tour through the pictorial production of the prominent artist known as Le Corbusier.  Although he was a prestigious architect, drawing and painting marked his professional activity in the same way. The exhibition discovers his interpretation of the human figure, especially the woman’s body, which began in the 1920s. (more…)