Friday Recommends – 28.02.2014

recomm bannerCasa Lleó i Morera, Don Eddy: Master of American Hyperrealism, Citizen Architect, Evanescent Architecture, A Talk By Jose Miguel De Prada Poole.

Casa-Lleo-MoreraCasa Lleó i Morera

Weekdays from 10am-2pm and 4pm-7pm. Closed on Sundays.
Tours last 50 minutes and cost €15 per person. They are available in Spanish, Catalan and English.
Casa Lleó i Morera
Passeig de Gràcia, 35
08008 Barcelona

Today, the recently-renovated Casa Lleó i Morera on Pg. de Gràcia was opened to the public. Dating from the beginning of the 20th century, the building is the work of Modernista architect Domènech i Montaner and now counts as one of the city’s best-preserved Modernista sites. Admire the mosaics, sculpture and design for yourself by signing up to one of their guided tours.


Multi-Panelled Photograph. Courtesy of Nancy Hoffman Gallery
Multi-Panelled Photograph. Courtesy of Nancy Hoffman Gallery

Don Eddy: Master of American Hyperrealism
11-Feb-2014 to 30-Mar-2014
Tue to Sun 10 am – 8 pm
Mon closed
Entrance + guide: 9€
Reduced ticket + guide: 7€

Museo Europeo de Arte Moderno (MEAM)
Barra de Ferro 5
08003 Barcelona

Don Eddy (California, 1944) is a painter based in New York who won the hyper initial recognition as an artist in the 60s.
MEAM (European Museum of Modern Art) presents Don Eddy’s work from February 11th to March 30th.
Eight of his recent polyptychs created between 2005 and 2011:
– There is no Road to Grace ‘s House (2005)
– A River Called In Lumen Profero (2008)
– Last Few Tears (2008), Eon (2009)
– My Brother ‘s Keeper (2009)
– Place Bandit IV (2009)
– Revelation Rain (2010)
– Mono No Aware II (2011).

Recent work of this American master has moved away from photographic realism that had characterised his early stages, to exploring the realm of metaphysics. In his early works from the ’60s and ’70s, Eddy paid tribute to American cars and the urban landscape and references to pop culture and post-industrial capitalism.

citizen_architectCitizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee And The Spirit Of The Rural Studio
Unrated, 1 hr.
Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By: Sam Wainwright Douglas
In Theaters: 1-Jan-2010
On DVD: 31-Aug-2010

Citizen Architect is a documentary film chronicling the late Samuel Mockbee, artist, architect, educator and founder of the Rural Studio. The film explores one basic idea: Architecture is for the people dwelling within it. What is a home, a workplace or house of worship without the souls inside it? Empty.
Setting up shop in poverty-stricken Alabama, Samuel Mockbee recruited architecture students to escape the abstraction of theory, and learn with their hands, designing and building community structures or homes for the economically disadvantaged, using donated and recycled materials. Mockbee’s effort is to provide students with an experience that forever inspires them to consider how they can use their skills to better their communities. Revealing the philosophy and heart behind the Rural Studio, the documentary is guided by passionate, frank and never-before-seen interviews with Mockbee himself.


EVANESCENT ARCHITECTURE, A TALK BY JOSE MIGUEL DE PRADA POOLE, NATIONAL ARCHITECTURE AWARD WINNEREvanescent Architecture, A Talk By Jose Miguel De Prada Poole, National Architecture Award Winner
3-Mar-2014 at 7 pm
Free entry

Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura of the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (ESARQ-UIC)
Aula Magna
c/ Immaculada, 22
08017 Barcelona

Architect José Miguel De Prada Poole, National Architecture Award winner in 1975, specialises in light weight and tensile stressed pneumatic structures. His longstanding professional commitment has received both national and international recognition. His collection includes awards from various countries such as Japan, Brazil, United States, Italy and France.

Over many years, he has been combining his professional activities with researching and lecturing in Spain, Venezuela, Mexico and United States (Massachussets Institute of Technology).

The talk titled “Evanescent Architecture” will introduce a group of projects which at first glance may seem paradoxically unrelated one project to another project but their common ground is none but the fact that they allow for the possibility of transformation, rearrangement or relocation; a clue is their composition which is characteristically made up of modular elements in various scales and sizes that can be put together in different ways in order to best fit any spatial requirements.

These and other projects will be shown: the Instant City in Ibiza, an ice rink in Sevilla, a modular pavilion for the ADI-FAD fair in Barcelona, an Auditorium in Villaverde-Ciudad Lineal (Madrid), or a proposal for the Removable Modular Schools for the Education and Science Ministry and for the Traveller and an “Invisible” Museum in Manhattan.

By Mia Pujol, ESARQ_UIC Publications.

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