From today through 13 September, the CCA showcases a series of three consecutive exhibitions exploring the newly acquired archive of the Spanish architecture studio Ábalos & Herreros.
Montreal, 12 March 2015 – Beginning today, the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) presents Out of the Box: Ábalos & Herreros. Conceived by the CCA as an innovative, ongoing investigation of an architectural archive, the three consecutive exhibitions explore the legacy of the Spanish architecture studio Ábalos & Herreros through the research and interpretations of guest curators OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen (Brussels), Juan José Castellón (Zurich) and SO-IL (New York). This research and exhibition project is part of a broader strategy towards archives entitled Out of the Box, in which the CCA actively exposes its holdings to research and discovery, and unveils material to the public while the archive is still being catalogued.
The recently acquired archive, donated by the architects Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros in 2012, represents not only their built works, but also their concerns beyond the traditional mandate of architecture which is manifest in their numerous curatorial projects, teaching activities and extensive writings. The three exhibitions will introduce new readings of the work of these contemporary architects, revealing the depth of their significance for architecture today.
Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros established their office in Madrid in 1985, working together until 2008. As practicing architects, theorists and educators, they continuously opened up a new architectural discourse and defined a language that not only reflected the transformations in the political, social and economic structures of the modernising country in a post-Franco era, but that also demonstrated a growing interest in technological optimism as they entered their international phase.