Discover the must-see architecture of Madrid at Open House Madrid 2015

For the first time the international festival of architecture and city, Open House, arrives to Madrid. The 26th and September 27th anyone will be allowed to visit nearly 100 buildings and urban areas of the capital, some of which are not usually accessible to the public.

 

Centro de Estudios Hidrograficos. Miguel Fisac.

Centro de Estudios Hidrograficos. Miguel Fisac

 

This is the case of the Bank of Spain. During the festival there are two kind of visits in this historic building. One of architectural character, in which you can tour the 100,000 m² building that contains interventions made by Rafael Moneo and Mansilla + Tuñón with the help of a guide; in the other visit you can see the art collection housed in the Bank.

 

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José Manuel Ballester “Museos en Blanco” at Ivorypress Madrid

The exhibition showcases his latest works—mainly photographic— which contain an invitation to ‘empty our museums’, both real museums and those embedded in our memory, to suggest two approaches that can serve to analyse our past as well as our future.

 

"Museos en blanco" © José Manuel Ballester

“Tunel Crosstrail” 2013 © José Manuel Ballester

 

On 8 September Ivorypress starts off the season with the opening of Museos en blanco by Spanish artist José Manuel Ballester (Madrid, 1960). The exhibition showcases his latest works—mainly photographic— which contain an invitation to ‘empty our museums’, both real museums and those embedded in our memory, to suggest two approaches that can serve to analyse our past as well as our future. The visual resources employed by Ballester in these works change the viewer’s position towards the outside world and towards their own memory.  (more…)

The CCA presents the exhibition “Landscapes of the Hyperreal: Ábalos & Herreros selected by SO – IL”

It is the last of three exhibitions in a series entitled Out of the Box: Ábalos & Herreros. Conceived as an innovative, ongoing investigation of an architectural archive, the three exhibitions explore the legacy of the Spanish architecture firm Ábalos & Herreros through the research and interpretations of different guest curators.

 

Ábalos & Herreros, Photomontage showing the inclusion of the architectural character of the double tower. #84 – Parque Dunar, Doñana (1993 – 94). Collage of electrostatic prints with marker and graphite. Ábalos & Herreros fonds, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. Gift of Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros © Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros.

Ábalos & Herreros, Photomontage showing the inclusion of the architectural character of the double tower. #84 – Parque Dunar, Doñana (1993 – 94). Collage of electrostatic prints with marker and graphite. Ábalos & Herreros fonds, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. Gift of Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros © Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros.


Out of the Box is a research and exhibition project created by the CCA to increase access and dissemination of its acquisitions by making materials available for research, discovery and public presentation while the archive is still in the process of being catalogued. Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros donated the archive of their firm to the CCA in 2012. The archive represents their built works, alongside other activities such as curatorial projects, teaching and extensive writings. Collectively, these three Out of the Box exhibitions will introduce new readings of the work of Ábalos & Herreros, revealing their significance within the field of architecture today. (more…)

“RCR Arquitectes – Shared creativity” at Palau Robert Barcelona

The Palau Robert presents the innovative, shared creativity of the Olot-based studio RCR Arquitectes, created by Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta, in an exhibition that looks back over the past 25 years of a trajectory committed to seeking out an architecture that is in pure harmony with the environment.

 

RCR Arquitectes – Shared creativity © Palau Robert. Generalitat de Catalunya

RCR Arquitectes – Shared creativity © Palau Robert. Generalitat de Catalunya

 

“RCR Arquitectes – Shared creativity”, organised by the Government of Catalonia in conjunction with RCR BUNKA Private Foundation and sponsored by SOLVIA, shows these architects’ work, which is based on seven fundamental concepts. Curated by Josep Maria Montaner, an architect and professor at the Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB), the exhibition will be open to the public from 26 March to 13 September 2015 in Room 3 at the Palau Robert in Barcelona. (more…)

Restoration of the market of El Ninot in Barcelona, by Mateo Arquitectura

The market, built in 1928, keeps its original metal-truss roof structure with the addition of a new metal-slatted façade, allowing for a bright and light interior.

 

El Ninot market restoration, by Mateo Arquitectura, 2015. Photo © Adrià Goula

El Ninot market restoration, by Mateo Arquitectura, 2015. Photo © Adrià Goula

 

On the 19th of May, the city of Barcelona finally inaugurated the market of El Ninot, a restoration of a modernist market of the 1920’s carried out by local architect Josep Lluís Mateo. Originally built in 1928 at the heart of the city’s famous Eixample district, the building remained closed since 2009, when the construction and restoration works began. (more…)

“Who lives there?”: Revealing domesticity inside the apartments of Madrid

The installation located in the main hall of COAM, the local architect association of Madrid, displays a heterogeneous set of objects belonging to different house-owners spatially arranged to represent the inside life of several apartments in the city.

 

 

COAM, the local architect association of Madrid, has recently inaugurated the fourth instalment of this year’s temporary exhibition theme: Paréntesis (parenthesis). Under the question title Who lives there?, the installation located in the main hall of COAM displays a heterogeneous set of objects belonging to different house owners spatially arranged to represent the inside life of several apartments in Madrid.

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Last chance to see Lee Bul’s itinerant retrospective, now in EAC·Castelló

Widely viewed as one of the most important Korean artists of her generation, her works draw on intellectual mechanisms ranging from idealism, modernism, science fiction and technological development adressing architectural utopias and political totalitarianism.

 

Lee Bul, "Via Negativa" (interior detail), 2012  © Photo by Remi Villaggi,  via MAM St.Étienne Metropole

Lee Bul, “Via Negativa” (interior detail), 2012 © Photo by Remi Villaggi, via MAM St.Étienne Metropole

 

The EAC-Castelló is presenting the recent work of Lee Bul, a Korean artist whose work walks on the thin line that separates sculpture, installations and live performance, frequently exploring the boundaries between history and idealism, questioning utopia and status quo.

The retrospective now showing in the Contemporary arts centre of Castellón (Valencia, Spain) closes the five-stop journey started by this itinerant exhibition in Seoul, followed by several shows in Luxemburg, Birmingham, London and Saint-Étienne Métropole.

 

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“Carl Andre. Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010” showing in Madrid until end of September

The MNCARS -Reina Sofía Museum of Contemporary Arts- is holding a retrospective on the American sculptor and multi-talented artist Carl Andre. The contents of this vast exhibition are displayed in two venues, open until September 28 and October 8, 2015.

 

Carl Andre, Sculpture as place. Velázquez Palace © Joaquín Cortés / Román Lores

Carl Andre, Sculpture as place. Velázquez Palace © Joaquín Cortés / Román Lores

 

Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010, the first retrospective on the artist to be held in Spain, reviews his fifty years of artistic production, in the course of which he created over two thousand sculptures and an equal number of poems, plus dozens of assemblages that are hard to classify, and hundreds of postcards.

Organized along a loose chronology to construct different modes of looking, the exhibition unfolds over three sections. The first, consisting of sculpture, is mostly on display at the Palacio de Velázquez, while the others can be seen at the Sabatini Building. One brings together his unclassifiable productions, ranging from his ephemera to the enigmatic assemblages known as Dada Forgeries, which establish an irreverent dialogue with Marcel Duchamp, while the third and final section is devoted to visual poetry.

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Communication breakdown: architects’ gatherings in Barcelona to strengthen proffesional discourse

The local’s architects association is organizing five gatherings every Thursday, once a fortnight, which will be made up of five different teams of local architects. Focusing on their work as a background for a wider discourse on contemporary local architecture, the meetings are open to the public.

 

Scaffold House, Bosch-Capdeferro 2014 © José Hevia

Scaffold House, Bosch-Capdeferro 2014 © José Hevia

 

Arquitectes per l’Arquitectura, a local architect’s association in Barcelona, is organizing a series of social gatherings with young architects from different areas of expertise, all of which have developed their work over the last years during the economic crisis.

Each of the gatherings will be made up of five different teams of local architects, focusing on their work as a background for a wider discourse on contemporary local architecture and the apparent lack of communication between professionals.

Held on Thursdays, once a fortnight, the meetings are open to the public.

 

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“What It Is To Come Has Already Arrived” exhibition at MUSAC León

The show encompasses multiple disciplines, using videos, installations, paintings, drawings and photographs by more than twenty international contemporary artists and collectives —including Yona Friedman or Lacaton & Vassal— to reveal the potential of utopia in today´s world.

 

CECILIA BARRIGA. Still of the film Tres instantes, un grito (2013). Courtesy of the artist © CECILIA BARRIGA

CECILIA BARRIGA. Still of the film Tres instantes, un grito (2013). Courtesy of the artist © CECILIA BARRIGA

 

What It Is To Come Has Already Arrived is the title of the project at MUSAC León, Spain, that examines the circumstances of the present moment based on what we expect, hope for or intuit about the immediate future. The exhibition attempts to sketch possible channels of future progress which, though not necessarily opposed to the prevailing systems in contemporary societies, do present alternatives that herald the advent of a different civic status quo.

 

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