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"THE ARCHITECT DRAWS: Homage to JL Sert"
2002-08-24 until 2002-09-22
Michael Dunev Art Projects
Torroella de Montgri, ,
Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Josep Lluis Sert, dean of the Architecture School at Harvard University and designer of the Maeght Foundation (Vence), the Miró Foundation (Barcelona) as well as Miró’s own studio in Palma amongst countless other projects, the art historian and critic Maria Lluïsa Borràs has curated an exhibition of drawings by some of the architects who were his friends. The leading representatives of the last generation, which prior to the ubiquitous use of computers and CAD programmes, trained primarily in drawing, a discipline that is today barely taken into consideration.
Linked to the city of Barcelona, these architects present drawings in pencil and ink, watercolours or sketches that weave the complex tapestry beauty and the creative process. Somewhere between the architectural plan, sometimes visionary, and the delicate drawing produced for their own pleasure, the works exhibited show urban plans and projects of unquestionable aesthetic as well as “artistic” drawings of general architectural themes that sweep the barrier between art and architecture.
Several works by Sert act as the fundamental base of the exhibition, accompanied by two drawings by Jaume Freixa, student and loyal follower of the architect’s vision. Enric Soria presents a magnificent drawing of the Born Market in Barcelona, created at the outset of his career, along with a delicate project for a cemetery and an impressive watercolour (Project for the Barcelona Harbour) that show strong abstract qualities. Lluis Clotet offers us a sketch for the emblematic sculptural cylinder of the Bank of Spain in Gerona along with some moving pencil drawings created during times of leisure. Santiago Roqueta exhibits a collection of superb images of shoes, presented as architectural elevations that show his extraordinary skills as a water colourist. The sketches for the Port of Yokohama, a visionary project that was never realized, mark Emili Donato as one of the great draughtsmen of his generation. They are complex and fascinating demonstrations of the creative process, free of the constrictions that so frequently are imposed upon architects.