Presented by the architect, university professor, essayist and member of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando Luis Fernández-Galiano, this series takes us on a historical journey through the architecture of democracy.
The Peine del Viento (The Comb of the Wind) by Eduardo Chillida and Luis Peña Ganchegui evokes the turbulent years of the Spanish Transition to Democracy. The Museo Nacional de Arte Romano (National Museum of Roman Art) in Mérida, designed by Rafael Moneo between 1980 and 1986, is presented as an example of the recovery of history by post-modernity. The Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (City of Arts and Sciences) in Valencia, which Santiago Calatrava commenced in 1995 and remains incomplete, epitomises the boom and subsequent disrepute of iconic or emblematic architecture. The final lecture will focus on Matadero Madrid, a symbol of a period of regeneration and uncertainty.