The ICO Museum in Madrid hosts a retrospective exhibition that the public can view through 9 May, presenting 80 projects by the architect Carme Pinós and the eight she carried out with Enric Miralles.
In accordance with the theoretical and spatial approach pursued by the curator, Luis Fernández-Galiano, the show is something of a definitive proclamation of the individual voice of Pinós, whose concepts and creations have often been seen as an offshoot of the work she did with him who for eight years was her partner at work and her husband, Enric Miralles (1955-2000).
The exhibition route begins on the ground level with a brief presentation – through large black-and-white photographs beside four drawers containing the corresponding plans – of the eight projects that Pinós signed with Miralles between 1983 and 1991, and which inevitably were “an essential support” for her subsequent work.
Standing out for sure among these joint creations is the Igualada Cemetery, which Fernández-Galiano names “one of the three leading milestones of Spanish architecture in the past century,” along with Rafael Moneo’s National Museum of Roman Art in Mérida and Frank Owen Gehry’s Guggenheim in Bilbao. Miralles himself was interred in the Igualada graveyard in 2000, when he passed away at 45 years of age…