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Monedas griegas de uno y dos euros (2001-...)
Greek currencies of one and two Euros (2001-…)

«The only way that we still have to manage to be big, even inimitable if it is possible, is that of the imitation of the Former ones; what someone said of Homero, namely, that to learn to understand it well is to learn to admire it, costs equally for the works of art of the Former ones, especially those of the Greeks».

J. Winckelmann: Think about the imitation of the Greek art in the painting and the sculpture (1755)

Following the stela of the previous articles, it had foreseen recovered a text of some time ago, modal to the capture of contact of the architects and artists of the Galician modernity with the classic antiquity across the trips of studies for Europe. Una Europa in whom Italy and Rome continued being the initiation ways from the epoch of the Grand Tour, turned green again in the s.XXth by new explorers as Le Corbusier.

He was writing the first words while Greece – also obliged destination of that European Grand Tour – was happening to occupy the first pages of the newspapers and the head-boards of the informative ones. It was becoming inevitable to remember that destination that had been so generous with all those that came to the search of new ways for his personal and collective development, and wherefrom they were returning transformed by the experience of learning.

It was coinciding in addition with the reading of Pedro Olallas book Greece with the Air. Inheritances and challenges of the former Athenian democracy seen from the current Athens, it tells the history of a of the «greek effort for constructing a human space where the justice was possible and where the common destination was governed by the will of the men», checking the progressive achievements in the creation of the citizenship and, with her, of the real politics:

«They and We. If there is a point that can express graphically the difference between the former Athenian democracy and the current one, it is the perception of this opposition. The ancient citizen never the entendería. Even if he was feeling defrauded by the politics of the city, one would feel part of she. Only there would be one We.»

When was decided the aspect of the official currency of the eurozone, for the design of the tickets there were used archetypal examples of bridges and architectural elements of the principal ages and Europa’s styles, from the classic antiquity up to the modernity of the 20th century, whereas the coins were reserved for the particular symbols of every country.

I finish these lines while I listen to the results of the referendum summoned by the government. Immediately, the news returns to fill with opinions, prophecies and doubts. I imagine that the doubt would be always present in the itineraries of those travelers of the modernity. Nevertheless, which they brought of return changed completely the European architecture. All of them supported a commitment, a constant debt with this learning during all his career, and could move it to his respective places of origin.

I finish these lines while I listen to the results of the referendum summoned by the government. Immediately, the news returns to fill with opinions, prophecies and doubts. I imagine that the doubt would be always present in the itineraries of those travelers of the modernity. Nevertheless, which they brought of return changed completely the European architecture. All of them supported a commitment, a constant debt with this learning during all his career, and could move it to his respective places of origin.

También recuerdo las palabras de Winckelmann:

« The purest springs of the art are opened; happy the one who finds them and tastes them. To look for these sources means to travel to Athens from now».

Antonio S. Río Vázquez . phD architect
A Coruña. july 2015

Antonio S. Río Vázquez

Antonio S. Río Vázquez (A Coruña, 1981) es arquitecto por la E.T.S.A. de A Coruña, master en Urbanismo y doctor por la Universidade da Coruña. Especializado en teoría y diseño, su línea de trabajo se ha centrado en la investigación y divulgación del patrimonio arquitectónico moderno. Ha desarrollado proyectos de modo independiente y ha colaborado con varios estudios de arquitectura. Es socio fundador de Aroe Arquitectura. Es profesor en el Departamento de Proyectos Arquitectónicos, Urbanismo y Composición de la Universidade da Coruña, y ha sido profesor invitado en la Robert Gordon University de Aberdeen (Reino Unido), en la Universidade do Minho (Portugal) y en la Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza (Italia). Es miembro de la red UEDXX Urbanism of European Dictatorships during the XXth Century, del Grupo de Investigación en Historia de la Arquitectura IALA y del Grupo de Innovación Educativa en Historia de la Arquitectura. Ha formado parte del proyecto de investigación FAME Fotografía y Arquitectura Moderna en España, 1925-1965. Los resultados de sus investigaciones, tanto personales como conjuntas, han servido como aportación a eventos de debate y difusión científica y han sido publicados en libros y revistas.

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