Santiago de Compostela, La Coruña. Spain.

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Universal Galicia Exhibition. Galician art in the Abanca and Afundación collections


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This interesting montage for an exhibition on an overview of the creativity that flourishes in Galicia is, as ephemeral architecture, an example of the sum of sensibilities and teamwork.
An empty window invites us to catch a glimpse of the exhibition and, as it progresses, links up the different sections around which it is articulated. The initial void is contaminated by the art on display as we move forward, going from the simple frame through which we intuit the different pieces to the physical base of some of them. The initial demands include not only the design of the show, as is usual in such cases, but also the use of existing display modules designed by Juan Carlos Arnuncio for a previous exhibition as well as the need to consider the permanence of the infrastructure for future exhibitions.
The simplicity and clarity of Carlos Bernárdez’s initial approach facilitates the project launch. The ten planned sections are distributed over the two first floors of the museum; the floors are independent of each other but visually linked through the triple height of the access on the lower floor. The first storey holds the seven first sections in chronological terms, essentially comprising paintings, one of them
murals. The second storey holds the other three sections, with large-format paintings and a higher number of art installations. This achieves a certain balance between the abundant number of works on display and the available physical space and between the more classic nature of those located on the first floor and the more contemporary ones on the second. The existing modules, neutral prisms measuring forty-four centimetres in depth, three hundred and twenty in height and two hundred and four in length, form a series of cubicles for housing the different sections. To reinforce this idea of continuity, and certainly owing to its interest, two pieces from the previous exhibition are retained. They were designed by Carlos Seoane, its curator. We thus have ten spaces housing the ten planned sections, yet they could work in a more traditional manner, seamlessly, to contain other types of exhibitions. These cubicles are separate from the shell of the building, in a similar way to how the author of the City of Culture organises the library of the complex. They generate a linear route, with entrance and exit coinciding with those of the rooms and, thanks to their independence, allow the display space to be easily shortened or changed in the future. The two pieces from the preceding exhibition, in wood, are kept in their original location associated with the triple space, although their position is adapted to the new proposed geometry. The larger of them contains the murals, some of them of large dimensions, at the start of the exhibition. Their scale allows us to adapt to the existing volume. The second one, located in the upper storey, contains another of the sections, although their use as a grandstand for occasional talks or debates can be retained.

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Localización Location: Santiago de Compostela, La Coruña. Spain. Proyecto y dirección de obra Project and works management: abalo alonso arquitectos | Elizabeth Abalo, Gonzalo Alonso. Colabo- radores Collaborators: Adrián González del Campo, Mateo García López, arquitectos. Diseño gráfico Graphic design: Desoños. Promotor Developer: Xunta de Galicia. Fundación Cidade da Cultura. Patrocinio Sponsorship: Abanca y Afundación. Construcción Construction: Sacaferro, Daexga. Superficie de actuación Area of action: 2.400m2. Periodo exposición Exhibition Period: Museo Gaiás, 16 de marzo - 14 de octubre de 2018. Fotografía Photography: Santos Díez / Bisimages.
Elisabeth Ábalo

Gonzalo Alonso