HerrerosArquitectos Exhibition, Oslo Architecture Gallery, Spanish Design Studio
Herreros Arquitectos Exhibition : Oslo Architecture Show
Contemporary Spanish Architect Studio Exhibition in Oslo
26 Jul 2011
Herreros Arquitectos Exhibition
The Spanish studio Herreros Arquitectos exhibits their latest work in Oslo
• The ROM Gallery, in Oslo, will present an exhibition of work by the Spanish studio Herreros Arquitectos from August 25 to October 16 2011.
• The exhibition, besides showing maquettes, videos and real-size prototypes which reflect the imaginary and the particular work method of the team led by Juan Herreros, will be accompanied by a programme of events called ‘banquets’, with contributions by international figures in the world of art and architecture such as Moritz Küng, Knut Eirick and Joseph Grima.
Madrid, August 25 2011. ROM, an Oslo gallery specialising in art and architecture, will present an installation featuring the latest work by Herreros Arquitectos from August 25 to October 16. The Banquet is the title of this curious installation in which maquettes, images and objects will share a space presided over by a big table with 12 chairs, a reproduction of the one designed for the restaurant at the Museo Reina Sofía, around which a series of 3 symposiums or ‘banquets’ will be held with the purpose of reflecting on the relationships between art, architecture and the city.
On the basis of precepts like ‘Art & Architecture’, ‘New Museums’ and ‘Culture as Infrastructure’, guests from both Norway and abroad will engage in conversations open to the public with the aim of fostering contemporary reflection on the new role of cultural infrastructures in the development of cities and on the importance of dialogue when it comes to sharing experiences applicable to future projects.
In the words of Henrik der Minassian, director of the ROM Gallery, ‘It was high time that Oslo should pay homage to one of the international architects most committed to this city by virtue of his contribution to its modernisation and to its re-encounter with the sea. Juan Herreros has brought a new breath of innovation to Oslo in the form of projects which, though audacious, are nonetheless grounded on maximum intellectual proficiency.
Engaging in reflections on the public content of architecture that Herreros proposes implies forming part and sharing the concerns of the international avant-garde in their quest for the meaning of the contemporary city in a world full of contradictions. Ample evidence of this is the profusion of media and forums all round the world that have echoed the project for the Munch Museum and its area.’
Munch Museum And Stenersen Museum Collections, Oslo 2009 International competition by invitation. First Prize
images © www.mir.no
Munch Museum Norway
In Greek, the word BANQUET is synonymous with ‘symposium’; indeed, the philosopher Plato used the word as the heading for one of his dialogues. The sum of both meanings added to love, the subject of conversation among the philosophers who had gathered at Plato’s banquet, served as the inspiration for the configuration of this exhibition which, according to the architect, ‘brings together the materials that bear the imprint of the enthusiasm and effort needed to make ideas shine that are first intuitively perceived and subsequently developed, adapted and corrected a thousand and one times in a process of trial and error, both physical and intellectual’.
The exhibition will display fragments of real façades, such as that of the Hispasat office building; videos of industrialised architecture montages like the Garoza House or the Camera Oscura project; maquettes of experiments conducted in the sphere of rural development, such as the Fundación Ibarrola and the house in Artá; prototypes of projects under development like the series of Tensegrity lamps or the ‘Miombos Arco’; and large-format images of projects such as the Torre Panamá and the ‘Urban Hut’ in Korea. However, the exhibition’s star attraction is the Munch Museum and its surrounding area.
Exhibits related to this ambitious project will include a series of maquettes illustrating the laborious adjustment process, experiments with façades at different scales, 1:1 drawings, versions still being discussed of housing typologies and a film in which Juan Herreros himself explains the project, which is destined to change the city’s physiognomy and, together with the Snøhetta Opera House, is already regarded as constituting the Oslo postcard for the year 2015. On the strength of this project, Juan Herreros was awarded the 2010 ‘architect of the year’ prize by the journal AD and, by virtue of its quality and stringency, he was given the special mention in the category of urbanism at the latest edition of the Bienal de Arquitectura Española.
Country house, Artá, Mallorca, 2007
images by Herreros Arquitectos
Juan Herreros is Chair Professor at the Escuela de Arquitectura de Madrid and Professor in Practice at Columbia University (New York). He is an Honorary Member of the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) and in 2010 he was nominated for the medal awarded by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His works have been awarded prizes on numerous occasions and exhibited in several countries.
The Herreros Arquitectos team is currently developing projects in Spain, Mexico, Norway, Colombia, Korea and Panama. Furthermore, Juan Herreros is a highly acknowledged theorist and has published innumerable articles on the transformation of architectural practice.
His threefold activity as a professional architect, teacher and researcher has earned him special prestige by virtue of his contribution to blurring the borderline between the creative and technical disciplines and his advocacy, in these times of change, of the expediency of a conversation in which artists, specialists, researchers and people form the field of science may sit at the same table and hold a banquet at which to lay the foundations for a better future.
Herreros Arquitectos Exhibition images / information received 260711
ROM Gallery, Oslo Maridalsveien 3 0178 Oslo, Norway
Contact the ROM Gallery Oslo: 22 20 88 86
Location: Maridalsveien 3 0178 Oslo, Norway
Herreros Arquitectos – Practice Information
Architects studio based in Madrid, Spain
Spanish Architect Office – contact details
Architect office led by Juan Herreros formerly of Ábalos & Herreros, split in late 2008 after 20 years
Norwegian Architecture Designs – chronological list
Norwegian Building Designs – architectural selection below:
Floating Sauna, Tromsø Harbour, Troms county, Northern Norway
Design: Skapa Architects
photo : David Jensen
Domen Viewpoint, Northeast Norway
photograph : Tormod Amundsen / Biotope
Domen Viewpoint in Northeast Norway
Exhibitions – chronological list
Buildings / photos for the Herreros Architects Exhibition page welcome