CORREA & MILÀ, IN PERSPECTIVE
Centre Obert d’Arquitectura
Plaça Nova, 5
de dilluns a dissabte de 10 h a 20 h
diumenges i festius de 10 h a 15 h
2024 marks the centenary of the birth of Federico Correa (Barcelona, 1924 – 2020) and Alfonso Milà (Barcelona, 1924 – 2009), one of the most influential pair of architects from Barcelona from the second half of the 20th century. Claiming their legacy just because of this anniversary would possibly seem to them to be an irrelevant convention. In this sense, the Open Architecture Centre proposes the exhibition once the work of inventorying, treatment and cataloging of the donation of the fund of its professional archive has been completed, following the duo’s logical and functional way of doing.
In 1997 the COAC, in collaboration with the Ministerio de Fomento, dedicated an exhibition to the architects which, seen in perspective and together with the construction of the Episcopal Museum of Vic, was almost like a slow-motion farewell to all the friends and followers of their work.
Today, this new approach makes sense for several reasons. The first one is the growing interest in Correa & Milà’s work in recent years by new generations of architects not linked to their mastery or to their personal and professional relationships, stating the timelessness of many of their contributions, both in architecture and design.
The second reason is the possibility of looking over the architects’ work in their absence, a fact that allows unpublished material to be brought to light that may not have been of interest to them, but its relevance is undeniable for the proper study and understanding of their work. This in-depth study is possible thanks to the more than 600 files that the Historical Archive of the Architects’ Association of Catalonia has had since 2006.
The third reason – which is related to the previous point – is to read their work in relation to the society in which they developed it, trying to comprehend the conditions that made it possible and fostered its particularities beyond the talent and good practice of the authors.
Curation and exhibition design by AMOO (Aureli Mora + Omar Ornaque).
The exhibition counts with the collaboration of Alfombras KP, Estrella DAMM, Flash-Flash, Il Giardinetto, La Capell, MINIM, Persiana Barcelona, Turkestan, Uniq.
Sessions held parallel to the exhibition.
VOICES 1 (16.03.2023 – 6.30pm / COAC)
Javier Nieto Santa + Oscar Tusquets
Elías Torres + David Ferrer
VOICES 2 (27.04.2023 – 19.00h / Santa&Cole Gallery)
Eileen Liebman + Teresa Rumeu
Iñigo Correa + Ivan Pomés
VOICES 3 (25.05.2023 – 19.00h / MINIMUM)
Enric Satué + Fernando Villavecchia
Beth Galí + Juli Capella
Federico Correa and Alfonso Milà studied architecture together, worked in José Antonio Coderch’s studio and established, in 1953, their studio Correa-Milà. Of their joint production, we would like to highlight the single-family houses in Cadaqués from the 50s and 60s; the Montesa Factory (1957); the Godó i Trias Factory (1962); the Monitor building (1966); the Atalaya building (1966); the rehabilitation project of Plaça Reial in Barcelona (1985); the Montjuïc Olympic Ring (1984); and the Serra House (new seat of the Barcelona Provincial Council, 1985-1987). The interior design work carried out in the commercial premises of Olivetti (1968-1969), the Flash-Flash restaurant (1970) and the Furest stores in Barcelona (1974-1977), as well as the 1959, 1971 and 1974 FAD awards, should also be noted.
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