10th anniversary of extension. REVISITING MONEO’S PRADO, by Joaquín Bérchez

10th anniversary of extension. REVISITING MONEO’S PRADO, by Joaquín Bérchez
Museo del Prado [MAD] Spain
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Detail. An up-to-date bel compost for today’s world. Polyhymnia (2nd century A.D.). Photograph © Joaquín Berchez. 2017. Courtesy of Museo del Prado
The Museo del Prado is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the largest extension in the history of the Museum - designed by Rafael Moneo - with a commemorative publication that includes a text by Jorge Fernández-Santos illustrated with a photographic essay by Joaquín Bérchez, and a summary of the contribution made by the extension to the overall modernisation of the Museum initiated at that time.

Marking the 10th anniversary of the completion of the Museo del Prado’s extension, one of the most complex and important projects within Raphael Moneo’s prestigious international career, the photographic exhibition Revisiting Moneo’ s Prado offers visitors the chance to appreciate unique spaces, unobserved details and effects of light. Located mid-way between narrative and observation, Joaquín Bérchez’s images construct a demanding visual dialogue which in turn reflects the one that Moneo has established with Juan de Villanueva’s exceptional Neo-classical building through his own rigorous and committed design.

Bérchez’s photographic gaze reveals architectural fragments in brick series, nake stone, marble, red stucco, wood, bronze and glass. He leads us into the Hall of the Muses, the oblique, wedge-shaped vestibule and the new cloister.

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Moneo Vallés

José Rafael Moneo Vallés (born May 9. Tudela, Navarra,1937) is a Spanish architect. He was won the Pritzker Prize for architecture in 1996. He studied at the ETSAM, Technical University of Madrid (UPM) from which he received his architectural degree in 1961. From 1958 to 1961 he worked in the office in Madrid of the architect Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oíza. He has taught architecture at v...read more

Bérchez Gómez

Joaquín Bérchez Gómez, nacido en Montilla (Córdoba) in 1950. Catedrático de Historia del Arte de la Universitat de València. Historiador de la arquitectura y fotógrafo, catedrático de Historia del Arte de la Universidad de Valencia (1992-2010) y académico de la de San Carlos de Valencia, especializado en el arte y la arquitectura de la época moderna.

Es autor de numerosas p...read more