In 1939, one of the most characteristic buildings of the entire Modern Movement was put into service in Buenos Aires: we are talking about apartments for artists that constitute Antoni Bonet Castellana‘s first American work. Associated for the occasion with Abel López Chas and Ricardo Vera Barros, these seven apartments, located on the corner between Suipacha and Paraguay Streets in the Argentine capital, constitute quite a manifesto: double-height spaces almost without compartments, pleasant and spacious, with perfect areas for artists to meet and work together in a spirit similar to that of GATCPAC.
The Bisman gallery has dedicated its first exhibition on classics of the Modern Movement to this building, which hosts its premises. It has done so with the collaboration of the Open Centre of Architecture, with material from the Archive of the Architects’ Association, that includes the Bonet Castellana archive.
Antonio Bonet Castellana (Barcelona, 1913-1989)
After training in Josep Lluís Sert and Josep Torres Clavé’s studio, Bonet Castellana went to Paris, where he collaborated in the construction of the historic Pavilion of the Spanish Republic in 1937, where Pablo Picasso presented the Guernica in order to warn against the barbarism and terror of war. Working in Le Corbusie's studio, he became acquainted with the Argentines Jorge Ferrari Hardoy and Juan Kurchan, who encouraged him to move to the booming Buenos Aires of the 30s, to design and build his first work alongside Ricardo Vera Barros and Abel López: the House of Studios for Artists, a building from 1939 which would quickly become a standard, a true Ibero-American manifesto. The fact that this exhibition approaches this magnificent work is a meaningful tribute to this essential architect, to his valuable work, to his technological commitment, to his sustainable spaces, and to his cultural universe.
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