The Quest for Movement Exhibition
From June 27th, 2012 – September 30th, 2012 the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia is exhibiting the first retrospective featuring a contemporary architect.
The Quest for Movement Exhibition celebrates Santiago Calatrava’s 30 plus years as an architect, and also a sculptor and painter. Not only is the exhibition one of Calatrava’s largest, it also is one of the most extensive.
Amongst models of his most famous designs, including some of the most recent ones, like his latest project for the Belgian city of Mons, European Capital of Culture in 2015, are never before seen paintings and sculptures, created solely for this exhibit.
Calatrava was quoted stating “The Hermitage is one of the world’s most important museums, so it is an enormous honour that they have chosen my work as the subject for their first exhibition on contemporary architecture.”
“I have a true admiration for not only the collections in the Hermitage, but for the country of Russia itself. Throughout history, Russia has made an enormous contribution to the arts and it is a privilege to be able to exhibit the different aspects of my work and the interrelations between them in the beautiful city of St. Petersburg,” he said.
The exhibition launches the State Hermitage museum’s architectural cycle Hermitage 20/21 project.
Dr. Piotrovsky, director of the State Hermitage Museum shared, “In St. Petersburg, the city of bridges, we cannot imagine a finer start to the architectural exhibitions cycle within the Hermitage 20/21 project.”
“I would like to see Santiago Calatrava and this momentous exhibition at The State Hermitage Museum as a pure bridge between St Petersburg’s 19th century architecture and the present 21st century,” shared Dr. Piotrovsky.
The State Hermitage museum holds one of the largest collections of architectural graphics from the 17th to 19th centuries. The collection as a whole includes over three million pieces of art and world artefacts.
The title of the exhibition reflects Calatrava’s exploration throughout his work of shape and movement and how each piece relates to its surroundings and nature.
Calatrava’s exploration of movement seemingly animates inanimate structures. The theme of movement is applied to each of his works, and also to the design and layout of the exhibition itself.
Alison Furuto, in her article ‘Santiago Calatrava: The Quest for Movement’ Exhibition, poignantly describes the theme;
“Calatrava’s fascination with the study of movement goes back to his beginnings and, as indicated by the exhibition’s title, will play a vital role in this monumental installation. For Calatrava, architecture has the potential to display movement and can be integrated in order to deliver astonishing results.”
The exhibition of Calatrava’s work at such an influential venue is certainly exciting! His impact on architecture and art and the cross-over of the two is worth celebrating.
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