Thursday saw the presentation of the exhibition Grafting Architecture at Fabra i Coats Contemporary Art Centre in Barcelona. The show, promoted by the Institut Ramon Llull in association with the Catalan Government Department of Culture and the Department of Territory and Sustainability, represented Catalonia at the Venice Architecture Biennale as part of the Eventi Collaterali in 2014. The graphics designed for this exhibition, created by Bildi Grafiks, recieves on this Thursday too a Pencil award in the renowned D&AD Professional Awards.
The exhibition was present by the Catalan Government councillor for Culture, Ferran Mascarell; the Barcelona deputy mayor for Culture, Knowledge, Creativity and Innovation, Jaume Ciurana; the director of the Institut Ramon Llull, Àlex Susanna; and the curator of the exhibition, Josep Torrents i Alegre, together with the assistant curator Guillem Carabí.
Ferran Mascarell said that “it was a good decision for Catalan architecture to be present at the Venice Biennale, which provided a platform for international promotion, with positive results. And at the same time bringing the exhibition to Barcelona is good because whatever we want promoted abroad must have recognition at home. The two things must go hand in hand, they must interact”. Along the same lines, Jaume Ciurana stated that the fact that it can be seen in Barcelona provides “an opportunity for the creative talent promoted from Barcelona abroad to also be enjoyed in the city”.
Àlex Susanna recalled that “the commitment to being present at the Venice Biennale is absolutely strategic for the IRL” and pointed out that “our goal is for the architecture of our country to be present in the international debate, and with our presence in Venice that has been accomplished”. For Susanna the fact that the Catalan participation overlaps in Venice and in Barcelona is “an excellent piece of news”.
The curator of the exhibition, Josep Torrents, said that the show starts from Jujol, “a free, unclassifiable architect”, and from his work on Casa Bofarull. This is the starting point of a chain of various architectural works from the late 20th century. And so the exhibition seeks the gaze that discovers the invariables of each territory, that incorporates “absences and the memory which is not always represented by buildings”. This circumstance links with the exhibition itself, which was engendered to be seen in Venice and which can now be seen at a factory that currently “has another use”.
The guiding thread of the exhibition is a description of the different projects through the architectural process and the later perception of the resulting building. These projects are understood from themselves, their singularity, and not as works that are part of a movement.
In the curating of the exhibition, Josep Torrents i Alegre is accompanied by two assistants: Guillem Carabí and Jordi Ribas.
As part of the exhibition three lectures have been programmed around the figure of Jujol. They will be given by Josep Torrents i Alegre (7 July), Roger Miralles i Jori (14 July) and Guillem Carabí (21 July).
‘Arquitectures Empeltades’ will open to the public this afternoon and can be visited on the third floor of Fabra i Coats Contemporary Art Centre until 31 August.
The exhibition, curated by Josep Torrents i Alegre, represented Catalonia in Venice last year
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