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New Museums in Spain

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Kurzbeschreibung

Spanish museum architecture has experienced a
marked upturn since the 1990s, helping even small
towns off the tourist beaten track to acquire extraordinary
museum buildings. This is expressed
most visibly without a shadow of a doubt in Frank
O. Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. But
there are not just the international stars who have
contributed to this success. Spanish architects in
particular have designed unique museums that
have changed the look of whole towns. One example
is the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla
y León in León in Castille, built by the Madrid
architects Mansilla + Tuñon. Rafael Moneo, who
recently completed the annexe for the Museo del
Prado in Madrid is still the undisputed leading figure
in Spanish architecture, but in the meantime
architects like Mansilla + Tuñon, who trained under
Moneo, are attracting attention internationally as
well as in Spain, and so are young talents who
have just left architecture school and are successfully
designing museums.
Spanish architects use a wide variety of formal
languages. And yet there are some characteristics
that apply to them all: they have never been interested
in the Postmodernism games; many of them
value reinterpreting regional building traditions in a
modern way; they are also sensitive to special features
of the existing topography. Kenneth Frampton
said in this context that Spanish architecture
essentially runs counter to the globalization tendencies
that are increasingly reducing architectural
form to a comfortable aesthetic product.
The present book, which is also suitable as a
museum guide, shows that this tendency is particularly
conspicuous in the new museums. It confirms
the world-class nature of Spanish architecture,
recorded from Rafael Moneo’s early Museo
Nacional de Arte Romano in Mérida to Herzog &
de Meuron’s new CaixaForum art gallery in Madrid.
Klaus Englert studied philosophy and German.
He was academic adviser to the Zollverein development
company in Essen. He has worked for
several years as free-lance culture correspondent
and architecture critic for the Süddeutsche Zeitung,
the Neue Zürcher Zeitung and the Frankfurter Allgemeine
Zeitung.

Details
Schlagworte

Titel: New Museums in Spain
Autoren/Herausgeber: Klaus Englert
Ausgabe: 1. Auflage

ISBN/EAN: 9783936681178

Seitenzahl: 260
Format: 29,8 x 24,2 cm
Produktform: Hardcover/Gebunden
Sprache: Englisch

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