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El Despertar [The Awakening] - Alvaro Urbano

El Despertar [The Awakening] - Alvaro Urbano

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Publication to the exhibition El Despertar [The Awakening] of Alvaro Urbano at La Casa Encendida from 01.07.20 - 10.01.21.
Curator: José Esparza Chong Cuy

In this exhibition in one scene, artist Alvaro Urbano (Madrid, 1983) uses as a case study the celebrated Hexagon Pavilion, designed by architects José Antonio Corrales and Ramón Vázquez Molezún. The building, now languishing in a ruinous state in Madrid’s Casa de Campo park, was first presented as the Spanish Pavilion at the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair and is considered an important example of modern Spanish architecture. After years of abandonment, it is hard to believe what it once was and what it contained.

Here—where the architecture and vegetation seem to be frozen in time, where the building itself holds a pictorial and sonic landscape that speaks of the past experiences lived within its walls, and where a pair of raccoons intermittently dwells—an endless twilight bathes the space in color and brings it to life.

Like an unscripted film that captures daily existence, The Awakening constructs a parallel life for an exhausted building in order to revive seemingly dormant histories.

Softcover, 50 pages
23.5 x 16.5 cm


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