“Revisiting Moneo’s Prado” celebrating the 10th anniversary of the museum’s extension

The Museo del Prado is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the largest extension in the history of the Museum – designed by Rafael Moneo – with a commemorative publication that includes a text by Jorge Fernández-Santos illustrated with a photographic essay by Joaquín Bérchez, and a summary of the contribution made by the extension to the overall modernisation of the Museum initiated at that time.

 

Moneo, Villanueva and Cabrero. Photograph taken from Room 516 of the Ritz Hotel, Madrid. © Joaquín Berchez. 2017

Moneo, Villanueva and Cabrero. Photograph taken from Room 516 of the Ritz Hotel, Madrid. © Joaquín Berchez. 2017

 

In addition, the Museum is presenting an exhibition of photographs by Joaquín Bérchez, a photographer, architectural historian and senior professor of art history at the Universidad de Valencia. To complete this celebration, the Prado is presenting ten, new 360-degree videos made with support from Samsung, a technological sponsor of the Prado. The videos show working areas in the extension that are not normally accessible to the public. (more…)

“Rafael Moneo. Theory through practice. Archive materials (1961-2016)” at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Madrid

The exhibition will bring together a selection of drawings, architectural models and photographs of 46 celebrated buildings by this Spanish architect, including Logroño Town Hall, the Museo Nacional de Arte Romano in Mérida, the extension to Atocha station in Madrid, the Kursaal in San Sebastián, and the Museum of Modern Art and Architecture in Stockholm.

 

National Museum of Roman Art, Merida, Spain, 1980-1986. Pencil on paper. Image © Rafael Moneo Courtesy of Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

National Museum of Roman Art, Merida, Spain, 1980-1986. Pencil on paper. Image © Rafael Moneo Courtesy of Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Having been seen in A Coruña at the exhibition space of the Fundación Barrié – the exhibition’s organisers – and at various international venues, in the spring of 2017 the first major retrospective on Rafael Moneo will arrive at the Museum in Madrid.


 

Practical information

“Rafael Moneo. Theory through practice. Archive materials, (1961-2016)”
April 4 – June 11, 2017
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Madrid
Paseo del Prado, 8, Madrid
Spain

 


It will bring together a selection of drawings, architectural models and photographs of 46 celebrated buildings by this Spanish architect, including Logroño Town Hall, the Museo Nacional de Arte Romano in Mérida, the extension to Atocha station in Madrid, the Kursaal in San Sebastián, the Museum of Modern Art and Architecture in Stockholm, the cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, the laboratories at Columbia University, New York, and the extension to the Museo del Prado. Also included are various projects that were never executed but which also illustrate a fundamental part of Moneo’s thinking. In addition, to coincide with the Museum’s 25th anniversary, the exhibition will include a “Thyssen Room” on the remodelling of the Palacio de Villahermosa as the venue to house the ThyssenBornemisza collection in Madrid.

 

National Museum of Roman Art, Merida. Photograph © Michael Moran/OTTO. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

National Museum of Roman Art, Merida. Photograph © Michael Moran/OTTO. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

 

Organised in collaboration with Fundación Barrié and Estudio Rafael Moneo, this major retrospective held for the award- winning Spanish “starchitect” Rafael Moneo, featuring around 250 original drawings, photographs and models from 46 projects spanning his entire career. Organised into six biographical sections, the exhibition sheds light on how Moneo’s unique way of thinking and theories have been central to the development of the recent history of architecture, and how his designs have had tremendous influence on generations of architects. “Rafael Moneo: A Theoretical Reflection from the Professional Practice” tells the story of an architect who sought to define an approach to architectural design based on a strong disciplinary basis amid the ever – changing conditions of his time, and who accepted the difficult position of claiming architecture as a specific form of knowledge.
Atocha. Photography © Michael Moran / Rafael Moneo Courtesy of Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Atocha. Photography © Michael Moran / Rafael Moneo Courtesy of Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Extension to the Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1998-2007. Photographer Michael Moran. © Rafael Moneo. Courtesy Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Extension to the Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1998-2007. Photographer Michael Moran. © Rafael Moneo. Courtesy Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Moneo skillfully applied both traditional Roman construction techniques and contemporary architectural mechanisms, such that the museum came to be the missing link between ancient Roman culture and Mérida today. Other projects
featured include Kursaal, Auditorium and Congress Centre in San Sebastián, Spain (1999). Ignoring conventional architecture, this auditorium and congress centre was designed to become part of the landscape along the coastline. To maintain the proposal’s abstraction, Moneo explored the potential of a material he had never worked with before– glass. It honours the geography, ultimately becoming a well – known cultural landmark in Spain. Another exhibit,
the Prado Museum Extension,Madrid, Spain (2007), shows his outstanding work which breaks free from the limitations of typical building extension construction projects. Instead of a simpleevamp of the museum, it resulted in an intervention to the city.
Building site of the laboratories of Columbia University in the City of New York. Photograph © Duccio Malagamba. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Building site of the laboratories of Columbia University in the City of New York. Photograph © Duccio Malagamba. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles, California, USA, 1996-2002. Wood. © Rafael Moneo, Courtesy Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles, California, USA, 1996-2002. Wood. © Rafael Moneo, Courtesy Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Extension to the City Hall of Murcia, 1991-1998. Ink on paper. Image © Rafael Moneo. Courtesy of Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Extension to the City Hall of Murcia, 1991-1998. Ink on paper. Image © Rafael Moneo. Courtesy of Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Portrait of Rafael Moneo. On the building site of the laboratories of Columbia University in the City of New York. Image ©Rafael Moneo. Courtesy Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Portrait of Rafael Moneo. On the building site of the laboratories of Columbia University in the City of New York. Image ©Rafael Moneo. Courtesy Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Free-hand design. Madrid Opera House, Spain, 1962. Pencil on paper © Rafael Moneo. Courtesy Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Free-hand design. Madrid Opera House, Spain, 1962. Pencil on paper © Rafael Moneo. Courtesy Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Transformer Factory Diestre, Zaragoza, 1964-1967. Photograph © Maspons Ubiña / Rafael Moneo Courtesy of Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Transformer Factory Diestre, Zaragoza, 1964-1967. Photograph © Maspons Ubiña / Rafael Moneo Courtesy of Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Fundación Pilar i Joan Miró, Palma de Mallorca, 1987-1992. Drawing on paper. © Rafael Moneo. Courtesy Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Fundación Pilar i Joan Miró, Palma de Mallorca, 1987-1992. Drawing on paper. © Rafael Moneo. Courtesy Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Kursaal, Auditorium and Conference Center, San Sebastián © Michael Moran/OTTO. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Kursaal, Auditorium and Conference Center, San Sebastián © Michael Moran/OTTO. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Kursaal, overview. Photograph © F.O.A / Rafael Moneo Courtesy of Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Kursaal, overview. Photograph © F.O.A / Rafael Moneo Courtesy of Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Moderna Museet Arkitektur Museet, Estocolmo, Suecia. Fotografía © Michael Moran / Rafael Moneo Cortesía Fundación Barrié. Imagen cortesía de Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Moderna Museet Arkitektur Museet, Estocolmo, Suecia. Fotografía © Michael Moran / Rafael Moneo Cortesía Fundación Barrié. Imagen cortesía de Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Headquarter of Bankinter, Madrid, 1973-1977. Pencil on paper. Image © Rafael Moneo Courtesy Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Headquarter of Bankinter, Madrid, 1973-1977. Pencil on paper. Image © Rafael Moneo Courtesy Fundación Barrié. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Antonio López Aguado, Palace of the Duchess of Villahermosa. Main facade overlooking the Carrera de San Jerónimo, 1805. Private collection. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Antonio López Aguado, Palace of the Duchess of Villahermosa. Main facade overlooking the Carrera de San Jerónimo, 1805. Private collection. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Attributed to Vigilio Rabaglio. Detail of elevation and section of the facade of the palace of Atri, around 1750. Chinese ink and watery on paper. Bellinzona (Switzerland), Archivio di Stato del Cantone Ticino, Fondo Rabaglio. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Attributed to Vigilio Rabaglio. Detail of elevation and section of the facade of the palace of Atri, around 1750. Chinese ink and watery on paper. Bellinzona (Switzerland), Archivio di Stato del Cantone Ticino, Fondo Rabaglio. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Model of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, former Palace of Villahermosa. Madrid, 1989-1992. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Model of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, former Palace of Villahermosa. Madrid, 1989-1992. Image courtesy of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.


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