Carlos Arniches and Martín Domínguez. The Architecture and the Life

Carlos Arniches y Martín Domínguez. La Arquitectura y la Vida

The sample produced by the ICO Foundation, crosses the vital and professional path of one of the architects’ more creative companies of the 20th century in Spain, members of the generation of 25.

The Museum ICO presents from next October 4 the exhibition: Carlos Arniches and Martín Domínguez “The Architecture and the Life”.. The sample produced by the Foundation ICO, crosses the vital and professional path of one of the architects’ more creative companies of the 20th century in Spain, members of the generation of 25.

Between 1923 and 1937, Carlos Arniches and Martin Domínguez formed one of the architects’ more creative companies of s. The XXth in Spain.

Influenced by the ideas of the Free Institution of Education and of the Students’ Residence, where Domínguez was resident, his projects in the areas of the education, the tourism or the leisure were the reflection of his commitment with the new currents of European thought. Some brilliant works realized as the Institute School (1931), the Lodgings roads (1928-1935) and, specially, the Racetrack of the Operetta (1935), projected together with Eduardo Torroja. After the Civil war, his careers separated. Arniches began a long interior exile. Domínguez went into exile and developed an out-standing career in Cuba, where it stood out in the area of the housing, to go into exile again in 1960 to the United States. His last ten years it spent them as teacher in Cornell’s University (Ithaca, New York).

The exile is a political and social punishment that comes out of the concrete moment and lasts beyond the vital time. The oblivion not only muddies the past, but it re-defines the future. This exhibition will try to recover his memory.

“The sample recovers the memory of these two architects, emphasized members of the generation of 25.”

The works of these architects place in the context of the epoch, characterized by the social, cultural, educational and economic transformation. Both had been formed in the School of Architecture of Madrid and the latter also in the Students’ Residence, institution with which with a few years they coincided with the whole brilliant generation of artists, scientific and intellectual, as Federico García Lorca, Salvador Dalí, Severo Ochoa or Luis Buñuel. Of these years they are some of his more important works as the Institute School, the audience of the Students’ Residence and specially the Racetrack of the Operetta.

“His projects were the reflection of his commitment with the new currents of European thought.”

In order the Republic, the civil war and the exile of both architects – of interior character that of Carlos Arniches and in Cuba and The United States that of Martin Domínguez – what had been a joint path, one bifurcates definitively at the end of 1936.

“An unpublished exhibition that crosses the vital and professional path of both artists, authors of works as emblematic as the Racetrack of Madrid.”

Curated for Paul Rabasco and Martin Domínguez Ruz will be able turn in the ICO Museum from the next October 4 until January 21.

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