“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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“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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