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Caixa Forum by Herzog and de Meuron

Madrid, Spain

   
 
   
 
 
 
One very interesting building to visit in Madrid is the Caixa Forum, designed by Herzog and De meuron. Outside, it caught my attention by its pure geometry, rough materials and contrast with the surrounding buildings. At a first impression, I wouldn't say this is a beautiful building, but it does attracts you and invites you to access it. The main volume is suspended on concrete columns leaving a very low ceiling exterior space that - in my interpretation - prepares you to be more aware of the double height ceilings at the first floor (second level) in the lobby of the museum. Form the entry level, an interesting shaped stair leads to the second level, where the main access to all galleries are. That afternoon we were lucky enough to get free entrance and happily surprised by a quite unique exhibition: a parallel between Salvador Dali and Garcia Lorca's drawings, and the influence between one another. Good friends Lorca and Dali developed ideas together and maintain a solid communication throughout their artistic careers. Didn't know a lot about this in Lorca's career, but as it became clear during the exhibit, his genius went well beyond his prolific work as a writer. Look for details, and it's worth checking out the cafe in the upper level. I you are in Madrid and enjoy small good art galleries, The Caixa Forum is a place where you have to go.
 
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