Joaquín Vaquero Palacios. The beauty of the extraodinary thing. Asturias, 1954-1980 - veredes

Joaquín Vaquero Palacios. The beauty of the extraodinary thing. Asturias, 1954-1980


Joaquín Vaquero Palacios, integración artística en la Central hidroeléctrica de Salime (Asturias), 1954-1980. © Joaquín Vaquero Palacios, VEGAP, Madrid, 2018 © Fotografía: Luis Asín
Joaquín Vaquero Palacios, Artistic integration in Hydroelectric power station in Miranda (Asturias), 1956-1962. © Joaquín Vaquero Palacios, VEGAP, Madrid, 2018 © Photography: Luis Asín

This exhibition, which can turns in the ICO Museum from February 15 to May 6, 2018, there shows the concept of total work developed for Denim Palaces concerning five hydroelectric power stations realized in Asturias.

The exhibition centres on the work that, fruit of 30 years of collaboration with Hidroeléctrica del Cantábrico, it materialized in five Asturian electric power stations conceived as works of total art.

Joaquín Vaquero Palacios, integración artística en la Central hidroeléctrica de Salime (Asturias), 1954-1980. © Joaquín Vaquero Palacios, VEGAP, Madrid, 2018 © Fotografía: Luis Asín
Artistic integration in Hydroelectric power station in Salime (Asturias), 1954-1980. © Joaquín Vaquero Palacios, VEGAP, Madrid, 2018 © Photography: Luis Asín

Joaquín Vaquero Palacios (Oviedo, 1900 – Madrid, 1998), architect, painter and sculptor, was a total creator who approached the creative process of a global way.

Prolific of all the disciplines, this exhibition centres on the work that, fruit of thirty years of collaboration with Hidroeléctrica del Cantábrico, it materialized in five Asturian electric power stations conceived as works of total art: Salime (1945-1955) – one of the best examples of industrial architecture Spanish woman assigned to the Modern Movement-, Miranda (1956-62), Proaza (1964-68), Aboño (1969-1980) and Tanes (1980).

Murals, sculptures, furniture, industrial design – in solitary or with the collaboration of his son, Joaquín Vaquero Turcios– and, in some cases, even the architecture, they turn Cowherd Palaces into a Renaissance man who was capable of transforming the enormous structures of these electric power stations into authentic industrial cathedrals of the 20th century.

Joaquín Vaquero Palacios, integración artística en la Central hidroeléctrica de Miranda (Asturias), 1956-1962. © Joaquín Vaquero Palacios, VEGAP, Madrid, 2018 © Fotografía: Luis Asín
Joaquín Vaquero Palacios, Artistic integration in Hydroelectric power station in Proaza (Asturias), 1964-1968. © Joaquín Vaquero Palacios, VEGAP, Madrid, 2018 © Photography: Luis Asín

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