RCR, Romanticism Cum Rigor

Aranda, Pigem and Vilalta, Pritzker Prize 2017

Luis Fernández-Galiano 

The architecture of Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta combines romantic rauxa with rational rigor. Based in Olot, the capital of La Garrotxa – a Pre-Pyrenean region in Catalonia, filled with extinct volcanoes and pleasant landscapes that have attracted painters, origin of its ancient industry of religious imagery – in no more than two decades they have built in their area a crop of works with a unique language that combines the romantic desire to blend with nature and to seek the sublime through extreme relinquishment, with the rational determination of geometric rigor, abstract composition and constructive refinement, with details that bring together violently tactile materials...

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