Imagining the Mediterranean house. Italy and Spain in the 50s

F. Català-Roca, Casa Ugalde, en Caldes d’Estrac, 1952. Arquitectos Coderch y Valls. © Fondo F. Català-Roca - Arxiu Històric del Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya
F. Català-Roca, Casa Ugalde, in Caldes d’Estrac, 1952. Arquitectos Coderch and Valls. © Fondo F. Català-Roca – Arxiu Històric del Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya

“What is the Mediterranean? A thousand things at the same time, it is not a landscape, but innumerable landscapes. it is not a sea, but a set of seas.”

Fernand Braudel, 1985

The exhibition Imagining the Mediterranean house. Italy and Spain in the 50s on the theme of “the Mediterranean house”, investigating its operational presence in a limited historical environment: the fifties.

Historical moment in which strong fraviances and exchanges are established between these two countries; relationships centered, in fact, on overcoming the architectural “failures” of yesteryear, mediated by the recovery of indigenous values, typical of southern latitudes.

Luigi Cosenza y Bernard Rudofsky, Casa Oro en Posillipo, Nápoles, 1934-1937. Archivo Luigi Cosenza, en Archivio di Strato, Pizzofalcone, Nápoles © Bernard Rudofsky, VEGAP, Madrid, 2019
Luigi Cosenza and Bernard Rudofsky, Casa Oro in Posillipo, Nápoles, 1934-1937. Archive Luigi Cosenza, en Archivio di Strato, Pizzofalcone, Nápoles © Bernard Rudofsky, VEGAP, Madrid, 2019

The Italian and Spanish architectures presented on this occasion, therefore refer to a Mediterranean imaginary conceived as a repertoire of formalizations and primary construction techniques that aspire to a more interactive intervention with the specificities of the place and its heritage, in order to satisfy the instances basic aspects of contemporary existence, in controversial opposition to the alienating uniformity of a totalitarian and mechanized urban civilization::

“We don’t need a new way of building, but a new way of living.”

Bernard Rudofsky, 1938

Imagining the Mediterranean house. Italy and Spain in the 50s
From October 2, 2019 to January 12, 2020
ICO Museum, Madrid, Spain

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