“Arniches and Domínguez. Architecture and life” at ICO Museum Madrid

The ICO Foundation presents an exhibition on two of the most creative architectural practices in Spain during the Twentieth Century. Authors of the Racecourse of Madrid along with Eduardo Torroja, the work of these architects is known for its mediation qualities between Spanish tradition and early-century modernism.

 

Variante “A” Hipódromo de la Zarzuela. Arniches, Domínguez y Torroja © CSIC Informes de la Construcción

Variante “A” Hipódromo de la Zarzuela. Arniches, Domínguez y Torroja © CSIC Informes de la Construcción

 

The ICO Museum in Madrid pays hommage to two of the greatest Spanish architects of the Twentieth century in its latest exhibition, “Arniches and Dominguez. Architecture and Life”, which will be open to the public from October 4 to January 21, 2018. The exhibition, curated by Pablo Rabasco and Martín Domínguez Ruzy, and carried out by the Fundación ICO, examines the personal and professional life of the two founding architects of the most creative architectural practices in Spain in the Twentieth Century. (more…)

“Modelling for the camera. Photography of architectural models in Spain, 1925–1970” at ICO Madrid

Through this exhibition, Museo ICO focuses on, for the very first time in Spain, the role of models and the photography thereof in the creation of the image of architectural modernity in Spain.

 

Sede de los Laboratorios JORBA, Madrid, 1965. Miguel Fisac Serna. Fotografía © C. Jiménez. Imagen cortesía de La Fábrica

Sede de los Laboratorios JORBA, Madrid, 1965. Miguel Fisac Serna. Fotografía © C. Jiménez. Imagen cortesía de La Fábrica

 

The exhibition features 138 photographs, 14 albums and contact sheets, 20 magazines, 13 models and one projection, for the large part, all specimens are originals that reflect on modern architecture. The photographs were taken by around 35 photographers over more than four decades. Francesc Català-Roca, Kindel, Pando, Luis Lladó, Oriol Maspons-Julio Ubiña, Francisco Gómez, are just a few of the photographers on show at this exhibition.

Their cameras captured the models used for the most noteworthy architectural projects in modern history, and other less known projects, undertaken by the best Spanish architects of the mid- 20th century, such as Josep Lluís Sert, Miguel Fisac, José Antonio Coderch, Francisco de Asís Cabrero, Javier Carvajal, Alejandro de la Sota and Fernando Higueras. 
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“Essentials. David Chipperfield Architects 1985-2015” at Museo ICO Madrid

The exhibition features over thirty projects by the British architect from all over the world. It is focused on the materiality of the physical models, as they are the only pieces which are impossible to access through other methods.

 

“Essentials. David Chipperfield Architects 1985-2015” © Julio César González

“Essentials. David Chipperfield Architects 1985-2015” © Julio César González

 

Essentials. David Chipperfield Architects 1985-2015 exhibition is a retrospective that brings together for the first time in Madrid over thirty years of the professional career of the renowned British architect David Chipperfield.

The exhibition, which will be open at the Museo ICO from 30 September to 24 January 2016, features the most relevant projects by David Chipperfield Architects in some of the most important cities in the world, and makes it possible to analyse David Chipperfield’s work from his early days, both individually and in the aggregate. (more…)

“Constructing Worlds”, architecture in the eyes of photography

Featuring over 250 works of eighteen exceptional photographers from the 1930’s to present time, this exhibition highlights the power of photography in revealing hidden truths in the architecture that shapes our society.

 

Luigi Ghirri, Cementerio de San Cataldo, Módena; el osario en invierno, 1986. © 2014 Eredi Luigi Ghirri. Cortesía Luigi Ghirri Estate

Luigi Ghirri, Cemetery of San Cataldo, Modena, 1986. © 2014 Eredi Luigi Ghirri. Courtesy of Luigi Ghirri Estate

 

On the occasion of the starting season of PhotoEspaña15, the Barbican Centre of London has brought their exhibition “Constructing worlds: Photography and architecture in the modern age” to the ICO Museum in Madrid,  one of the main sponsors and recurring hosts of the international photography festival.

Curated by Alona Pardo and Elias Redstone for the Barbican Art GalleryConstructing Worlds brings together eighteen exceptional photographers from the 1930s to the present day who have changed the way we view architecture and perceive the world around us.

From the first skyscrapers in New York and decaying colonial structures in the Congo, to the glamorous suburban homes of post-war California, and the modern towers of Venezuela, the exhibition invites you on a global journey through 20th and 21st century architecture. Featuring over 250 works, this exhibition highlights the power of photography in revealing hidden truths in our society. The exhibition will remain open until September 6, 2015.

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“EXPORT. Spanish Architecture Abroad” Thoughts on a global practice beyond national borders

The narrative used in this exhibition, curated by Edgar González, helps to translate a complex national situation into a series of powerful images and visually compelling diagrams.

 

© Museo ICO

© Miguel de Guzman /ImagenSubliminal

 

From February 24 to May 17, 2015 Museo ICO in Madrid will be showing EXPORT. Spanish Architecture Abroad, an exhibition on the Spanish practices taking place outside Spain. The exhibition attempts to describe Spain’s current situation of fleeting professionals under an analytical yet slightly optimistic point of view.

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