Mirador in El Círculo de Bellas Artes


Mirador in El Círculo de Bellas Artes

Circle of Fine Arts hosts an exhibition on the transformation of cities in the 1986-2012 period of prosperity


The Circle of Fine Arts in Madrid hosts from Thursday until May 18 the exhibition ” Archaeology of recent memory ‘ , in which the ” radical ” transformation of the territory , communications and cities in Spain are displayed during period of prosperity between 1986 and 2012.


The exhibition presents models, plans , photographs, and audio visual mapping of these changes and wants the visitor to reflect on the impact of these works and infrastructure in cities and in the lives of people. Do these changes have been positive or negative ? ” That will have to decide the visitor ,” says the curator of the exhibition , Juan Miguel Hernández León, in conversation with Europa Press.

The cities chosen for the analysis, which claim to be ” a representative sample of what has happened in Spain ” , are Bilbao ( by transforming the Nervión the hub of the new metropolis , the Guggenheim Museum and the metro) and Madrid ( the Madrid Río large green system , the restructuring of the Prado- Recoletos , metro and 30th Street ) .

Also part of the cities studied Sevilla (for the Universal Exhibition of 92 exploitation of river condition of the city , bridges ), Barcelona (for the impact of the 92 Olympics , remodeling the harbor area , urbanism consensus ) and Santiago de Compostela ( linking planning with culture , tourism and the economy).

As explained Hernández León, in the exhibition ” objective data” on the economic situation of the city are offered when the analyzed work was done – offered by Professor Emilio Ontiveros – the cultural background of the transformations maps and timetables, among other data.


The exhibition also examines the changes in communications in Spain (airports , roads , railways ) in which data flows of energy, distance , mobility and environmental treatment is.

The exhibition takes as its starting point in 1986 , when Spain joined the European Economic Community , and the year 2012 as the starting point. After all experienced, Hernández León believes that ” it is time ” to open a reflection on the economic cycle and its impact on the architecture , infrastructure , cities and landscape, as well as the rise of big media names architecture and their works .

The commissioner asked not stay in architectural concrete cases – whether positive or negative – to reach a conclusion about the transformation of Spain , but analyzed from a multidisciplinary and holistic look.

Commissioner for the balance of the evolution of Spain ” tends to be positive all the shades that you want .” ” As an observer from outside , objective data , we are in a better country,” he asserted , but wants the viewer to reach their own conclusion.

This shows part of the research work on the construction of the city and the area made ​​by the Research Group ‘ Cultural Landscape ‘ at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, and researchers from the Miguel Aguiló Foundation.


Go to the review of Europa Press

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