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Time Passatges

Enric Miralles Foundation

By Brian Gallagher, fotos Estudio Oudú 16.12.13

Time is an essential element of all architecture, the fourth dimension so to speak of the art form which describes our three dimensional built environment. This exhibition takes another look at the works of Enric Miralles the Catalan architect whose architecture straddled the globe and left an indelible mark on Barcelona before his life was cut short back in 2000.

Enric Miralles con el tiempo starts from the premise that Miralles used time as simply another material. Multiplied, diced and ultimately used in his favour: observing, understanding and embracing time. The exhibition revises twelve projects where time is recognized and manipulated. All selected projects feature time as an integral material: the City Council of Utrecht, Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue’s own home in Barcelona, the ​​ Heaven installation (never before exhibited in Spain) and the Ines-time table all use time as a construction material.

Whether it be the transition from project to built reality, the patina of age, the reworking of themes or the transition from ephemeral to permanent the common thread with the works on display at this exhibition Enric Miralles con el Tiempo is time. Furniture, photos, installations and videos which provide a great reminder of the extraordinary body of work for both fans and anyone interested in finding out why this architect represents such a crucial figure to local culture.

Curated by Anatxu Zabalbeascoa the exhibition can be seen at the Fundació Enric Miralles till the end of May 2014.

  • “Heaven”, Tateyama Museum Park, Japón (1994-95)

    Halfway between sculpture and architecture this installation of metal elements caught in random motion, represents a timeless firmament, exhibited here for the first time in Spain.

  • Mercado de Santa Caterina (1997-2005)

    The first completed project by EMBT was a posthumous one for Miralles. That already indicated the passing of time. The exhibit features the construction of the market, communicated by a diorama (commonly used in Miralles’ exhibitions) devised by the practice.

  • Stand “Prospa”, París (1997)

    The imagery of technology represented through an adaptable stand which can be assembled and disassembled. The screens inspired by the movement of atoms in formation were designed for the pharmaceutical company Prospa. It was first used at the Palacio de Congresos in Paris.

  • Kolonihaven, cabaña para el cultivo (1996)

    Few projects better represent the passing of time that the traditional structures for storing tools in the fields of northern Europe. Transformed by the seasons, Miralles did not want his cabin to simply be a scaled architecture, but to reflect the passage of atmospheric and chronological time as well its ultimate decay. The result is a portrait of the time perceived through a child’s growing independence.

  • La Fundació Enric Miralles (Enric Miralles Foundation) is a private non-profit organization created in 2011. The headquarters is located in Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella district within the same building that houses the EMBT practice which is an open and accessible international space. One of the fundamental goals of the Foundation is the preservation of the work, the ideas and the creative spirit of the architect Enric Miralles for the benefit of all generations. This is achieved through the preservation of an archive featuring original drawings, sketches, notes, pictures, maps and more than a thousand original models by the architect. The Foundation is also an open laboratory space promoting experimentation and research, a platform to stimulate knowledge which draws on the key innovative thinking of Enric Miralles.

  • From 22 November to 31 May
  • Fundació Enric Miralles
  • Passatge de la Pau 10