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Old February 19th, 2008, 08:30 AM   #1
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CaixaForum Cultural Center, Madrid

Madrid's 'art triangle' gets major new exhibition center with opening of CaixaForum
13 February 2008

MADRID, Spain (AP) - Madrid's thriving world of art got a new addition Wednesday with the inauguration of the CaixaForum cultural center, a seven--floor, brick and cast iron complex located in the heart of the city's 'art triangle.'

The complex, just minutes from the renowned Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen museums that make up the triangle in the Spanish capital, will hold art exhibitions, cinema screenings, concerts, debates and conferences.

Described by organizers as "seductive, daring, attractive and light, the CaixaForum building was designed by Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, the 2001 Pritzker Architecture Prize winners and designers of London's Tate Modern.

The center is a restoration and expansion of a red-brick electricity station dating from 1900 whose 2,000 square meters (21,500 sq. feet) of floor space have been multiplied fivefold, with two floors underground and five above.

Mixing the old with the new, the original building's double-peaked modernist warehouse is now topped with an austere fortress style superstructure of corroded cast iron.

Set atop three discreet support columns, the building's design allows people to pass underneath, giving the feeling of being suspended in air.

"We believe the restored building is a work of art in itself," said Jose F. de Conrado, director general of the Caixa Foundation, one of the world's leading cultural and social organizations and which is linked to Barcelona-based Caixa savings bank.

The restoration cost euro65 million (US$94 million) and took six years to finish.

Another attention-grabbing detail is a 460-square meter (5,000 sq. feet) vertical garden that lines one side of the center's front square. Designed by botanist Patrick Blanc, it features 15,000 plants.

The complex, inaugurated Wednesday by King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, opens with a modest show of about 30 pieces from the foundation's permanent collection, including works from artists such as American artist Cindy Sherman and Britain's Cornelia Parker.

Its first major show starts Feb. 21 with works by Polish sculptor Igor Mitoraj. On March 19, it will exhibit 45 religious paintings from Florence's Uffizi gallery including works by artists such as Botticelli and Luca Giordano, many of which have never left Italy.
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Old February 25th, 2008, 08:59 PM   #2
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This building rocks!

Here it is (sorry, only Spanish or Catalan)
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Thats disgusting. Its like someone plotted a set of blocks on top of a beautiful building.
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Old February 28th, 2008, 05:54 PM   #5
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Old February 28th, 2008, 11:30 PM   #6
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uglier than I thought.
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Old July 12th, 2009, 12:51 AM   #7
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How come you consider this ugly???

For me it's one of the best aditions ever.
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Old July 12th, 2009, 06:36 AM   #8
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I think for some it defies the usual definition of beauty. Which is probably the whole idea of the architects here.

La Caixa is doing a great job all around Spain.
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Old July 14th, 2009, 04:26 PM   #9
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very nice
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Wow! the interior looks amazing
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How come you consider this ugly???

For me it's one of the best aditions ever.
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Old July 17th, 2009, 06:07 AM   #12
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The interior are cool... the outside
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Old July 22nd, 2009, 03:17 AM   #13
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this building is very beautiful!
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Spain , Always on the cutting edge! Simply beautiful!
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Simply stunning and unique .
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