The lives of the Pavilion. Intermittent account of an essential space
The exhibition “The Lives of the Pavilion. Intermittent account of an essential space” will be located on the esplanade between the Magic Fountain on Montjuïc and the Pavilion, thereby establishing a constant reference to the work by Mies van der Rohe and its setting.
This is an intermittent account that combines presence with absence. It is an interrupted history, beset with uncertainty from the very beginning, a pavilion that the German authorities did not decide to build until the last minute and which was constructed hastily in less than three months, and a reconstruction, the fulfilment of a desire on the part of several generations, the positive outcome of a handful of trials, errors and false starts.
The information is presented in such a way that it allows different readings, which in all cases foster a frontal approach to the Pavilion closer to the one visitors in 1929 enjoyed. Hence the fact that the work by the German architect rises up behind the eight columns recently reconstructed on the basis of the Crystallised Columns competition and is discovered as the visitor approaches. In the pavilion space two documentaries will be shown that record the memories of those who were involved in the reconstruction of the Pavilion — Oriol Bohigas, Fernando Ramos, Cristian Cirici, Isabel Bachs and Jordi Marquès – and comments on the part of those who are responsible for the day-to-day running of today’s Pavilion.
The exhibition is structured around three nuclei that represent each of the lives of the Pavilion:
1. The German Pavilion. A reference to the context, the construction and the repercussions of the original Pavilion built to represent Germany’s contribution to the 1929 Barcelona World Fair.
2. The absent Pavilion. Between 1930 and 1986, although no longer physically present, the Pavilion never ceased to live on in the memory and the consciousness of those who had known it and those who had access to the relevant documents, on the basis of which they were able to study the work.
3. The Barcelona Pavilion. This final phase comprises the last thirty years, further to its reconstruction precisely on the same site for which it was designed. In this its third life, the Pavilion has assumed new uses related to the current architectural debate while respecting the representative spirit of the original building.
On September 24 and 25 it will be open house, with activities programmed around the exhibition and the Pavilion itself. This event is part of the 30th anniversary commemorative program.
September 6 – October 6 2016
The esplanade opposite the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion