The Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, together with the Patio Herreriano Museum of Contemporary Art in Valladolid. will act as co-venue of the XV Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (BEAU) in 2021 “Empty Spain, Full Spain. Strategies for Conciliation” curated by Anna Bach, Eugeni Bach (authors of Mies Missing Materiality) and Óscar Miguel Ares.
BEAU is an initiative promoted by the Spanish Government through the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, in collaboration with Consejo Superior de los Colegios de Arquitectura de España and with the support of Fundación ARQUIA. On this edition of the Biennial, the curators propose an approach to the diverse territorial reality of the country with the aim of drawing similarities and differences that allow defining meeting points in which, in addition to Fundació Mies van der Rohe, other institutions of Barcelona will take part (Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona, Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya, Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona, Escola Tècnica d’Arquitectura La Salle and Barcelona Building Construmat). Valladolid will contribute with its own exhibition programs and activities with contents that will add synergies to those of the Biennial.
The entire exhibition strategy of the Biennial will revolve around seven themes that will show the dichotomy and the way in which certain concepts are approached from architecture and urban planning in “Empty Spain and Full Spain”. All of this will be done with the aim of outlining similarities and differences that will allow us to define meeting points: territory, society, sustainability, gender, demography, community and economy. Thanks to the proposal, the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion will host, both in a presential format and online, part of the events that will constitute this Biennial.
Other institutions from Barcelona (Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya, Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona-UPC, Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de La Salle – URL and Barcelona Building Construmat) and Valladolid will also participate in the XV BEAU, with their own exhibition programmes and activities to which the Biennial will be added, establishing synergies in content.