MACHU PICCHU – exhibition of sketches by Alvaro Siza

10-02-2012
The exhibition includes 35 sketches by Alvaro Siza and an original notebook with 399 records of his travels to Machu Picchu and historic photographs taken between 1927 and 1950 by Martin Chambi.

The current exhibition at CCA (Canadian Centre for Architecture) is about the heights of Machu Picchu and the Inca archaeological findings, represented through the historic photographs of Martin Chambi and contemporary sketches by Alvaro Siza.

Martin Chambi began taking his photographs in the 1920s, while architect Alvaro Siza visited Machu Picchu in 1995; though separated by more than half a century, the images reveal that the two artists had a similar approach to the place. They were not interested in precise representations of the site; both Chambi and Siza produced landscapes of their own invention.

The exhibition picks up on the theme of previous exhibitions investigating architects? tools and modus operandi, how they come up with ideas in architecture and their relationships with culture, politics and society.

(Agnese Bifulco)

Title: ALTURAS DE MACCHU PICCHU
Dates: January 26 – April 22 2012
Location: CCA, Montréal, Canada
Illustrations:
(Photographs) Martín Chambi, Machu Picchu, Peru, 1927. CCA Collection. © Photographic archives of Martín Chambi;
(sketches) Álvaro Siza, Sketch from notebook #399, Machu Picchu, Peru, 1995. © Álvaro Siza, Architect

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