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Exhibition: "The Chinese Garden" by Benedetta Tagliabue


The architect Benedetta Tagliabue is the author of the exhibition project “The Chinese Garden“ which can be visited from Thursday 13th of June at Espai Mercé Sala of Diagonal Station of Barcelona Underground.

The architect Benedetta Tagliabue is the author of the exhibition project “The Chinese Garden“ which can be visited from Thursday 13th of June at Espai Mercé Sala of Diagonal Station of Barcelona Underground. The project, organised by Casa Asia with the support of Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB), consists of a garden made up of large mural and different ornamental elements, as well as sketches, photographs and videos on Tagliabue's architecture during her career.

The display that will be opened on the 20th of June (11.00am) with the participation of the author together with representatives of Casa Asia and TMB, can be visited until the 27th of September at the exhibition space that is between the two halls of Line 5 of the station, from Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 8.00pm.

The current exhibition proposal by Benedetta Tagliabue for Diagonal metro station in Barcelona consists of introducing a garden in a space that is not conceived for this. Her project includes two murals of 28m long and 1.93m high, with lines of trees and other natural elements that contribute to the artificiality of the garden, as well as certain sketches and photographs of her work. The exhibition includes, at the same time, 4 virtual windows with images of her projects, and in one of them there are extracts of interviews where the architect describes some of her works and her way to understand the practice of architecture.

For the Culture and Exhibition Director of Casa Asia and curator of this project, Menene Gras Balaguer, “Tagliabue accepted the challenge to make a Chinese garden at the Espai Mercè Sala in Diagonal as an opportunity to show that a space like this can be literally "full" of trees, even if they are drawn trees and of wicker and bamboo devices. Made with organic materials, without stopping to imitate natural elements, they are part of the architecture of this leasure space and they are proposed with the intention to make reference to the harmony belonging to Chinese, classic and contemporary, garden”.

In order to make her discursive strategy, the architect uses drawing, photography and moving image; but in this case she also turns to papiroflexia to make cranes, parrots and peacocks, remembering that the art of folding paper was created in China between the 1st and the 2nd centuries AC.

The exhibition is completed with exhaustive documentation on the projects carried out by Tagliabue particularly in China, in three juxtaposed screens and recovering many interviews that have been brought together in another document where a fourth screen is screened so the public can listen to the discourse of the architect, as well as the work she has carried out in her career.

The conceptualisation of the Chinese garden by Benedetta can be understood, according to Menene Gras, as an attempt to domesticate the forest and imagine a landscape whose limits are imposed before the need to reserve the distribution of elements that create it. The procedure to establish order in the chaos nature is developed in is for her the hybridisation of systems and cultures that allow to identify the garden space, whose definition is changed according to the landscape or landscapes that are supposed to be the ideal model and tried to be copied.

Architect Benedetta Tagliabue has worked in China for years and it is where she has spent an important part of her career. Desde la realización del pabellón de España para Shanghai 2010 hasta el momento actual, ha participado en diferentes proyectos. Entre éstos se encuentran un jardín en Xian, una ciudad al este de China, donde ella interpretó el diálogo entre Oriente y Occidente, incorporando códigos pertenecientes a tradiciones de una y otra parte del mundo.

La naturaleza siempre ha sido clave en los proyectos de Benedetta, entendiendo que su con-servación ha de ser siempre prioritaria y que la arquitectura sostenible debe imitarla en su perfección. El gran nido de Shanghai fue sin duda una obra decisiva para esta arquitecta que acaba de presentar su último trabajo en Barcelona, el Centro Kálida Sant Pau, destinado a acompañar y mejorar la vida de pacientes que reciben tratamiento oncológico.  La reciente concesión de la Creu de Sant Jordi (2019) es un reconocimiento que se suma a la lista de pre-mios y galardones que ella ha recibido todos estos años, como acredita su biografía.


2019/06/13 > 2019/09/27
Del 11 de juny al 27 de setembre 2019
Dilluns a divendres de 10.00 h a 20.00 h
Espai Mercè Sala a l'estación de Diagonal
Passeig de Gràcia, 1318
Entrada gratuïta.
Casa Àsia, amb la col·laboració d'Estudio Miralles Tagliabue EMBT.
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