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RAFAEL MONEO. Una reflexión teórica desde la profesión

5 April, 2017 - 6 April, 2017

Rafael Moneo. Museo del Prado

After its showing at various international venues, from 4 April to 11 June this year the Museo ThyssenBornemisza is presenting Rafael Moneo. Theory through practice. Archive materials (1961-2016), the first major retrospective on this Spanish architect.

Curated by Francisco González de Canales, professor at the Universidad de Sevilla and at the AA in London, the exhibition, co-produced by the Fundación Barrié, Estudio Rafael Moneo and the Museo Thyssen, brings together a selection of 121 drawings, 19 architectural models and 152 photographs associated with a total of 52 celebrated projects by Rafael Moneo.

In addition, to coincide with the Museo Thyssen’s 25th Anniversary, the exhibition is accompanied by another smaller one curated by the architect José Manuel Barbeito on the history of the Palacio Villahermosa from the mid-18th century to its remodelling in 1992 to house the Museum.

Rafael Moneo. Theory through practice. Archive materials (1961-2016) narrates the professional career of an architect who has sought to define an approach to architectural projects founded on a stable disciplinary base during a period of changing conditions, adopting the difficult position of defending architecture as culture and as a specific form of knowledge. This narrative not only offers visitors a presentation of Moneo’s own work but also reflects on an important part of the history of recent architecture through his gaze.

Ranging from organic and structuralist tendencies (1950-1960) to Italian discourses on the city (1960-1970), the theoretical focus of East Coast American architects (1970-1980) and the creation of the global star system in the 1990s, the exhibition’s six biographical sections show how Moneo has resisted, reflected on and assimilated these different approaches of his time to construct his own cultural reflection.

The exhibition presents a series of important projects that span Rafael Moneo’s entire career and focus on issues such as what an architect’s work can offer the society of his/her day and what type of knowledge is involved.

The selection of materials places particular emphasis on the importance of drawing as a tool to develop his work and a means to define his thinking.

The drawings on display are accompanied by architectural models and photographs that help to illustrate the chosen works. .


5 April, 2017
6 April, 2017
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Museo Thyssen – Bornemisza
Paseo del Prado 8
Madrid, 28014 Spain
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