|Poetics of Movement: The Architecture of Santiago Calatrava
March 25 - August, 2001
Meadows Museum Inaugural Special Exhibition Sponsor: Margot W. and Ben H. Mitchell Fund of Communities
Foundation of Texas.
Poetics of Movement: The Architecture of Santiago Calatrava is a
retrospective exhibition that presents a substantial selection of Calatrava's
architectural models. A complete series of sculptures, photographs, explanatory
panels, and several of the artist's sketchbooks will also be in the show,
along with a continually running video on Calatrava and his work. The exhibit
examines topics that have provided Calatrava with visual and intellectual
inspiration. In this context, one can see how Calatrava's figural studies
in watercolor and other media embody his ongoing exploration of new forms
and how these are frequently transformed into overall building shapes or
major structural components. The human form provides the raw material for
some of his innovative architectural and structural shapes, which reveal
ribbon-like flow, torsion, and unexpected visual tensions between support
members and surrounding space.
Noted for his wedding of fluid, aerial forms with strongly functional structures,
Calatrava is perhaps best known for his bridges, railway stations and airport
designs. His dynamic designs integrate technology and aesthetics, producing
structural forms that challenge traditional practice in both architecture
and engineering. Some of his most notable works include Alamillo Footbridge
and Sondica Airport in Bilbao, the Montjuic Broadcasting Tower in Barcelona
and an addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum. Calatrava is also the designer
of a series of proposed new bridges over the Trinity River in Dallas.
On November 2, 2000, Calatrava became the fifteenth recipient of the Algur
H. Meadows Award for Excellence in the Arts. This award is presented by
Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of the Arts annually to recognize
a major artist at the pinnacle of a distinguished career.