The spring of 2004 brought the city of León a triumph of colours. Not only the usual spring blossoms, but the opening of the new MUSAC - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo by Mansilla + Tuñón. Colours, lights, articulated, jointed forms, autonomous yet inter-related, form a structure filled with life, designed to pay homage to the Spanish city's proverbial vivacity.
The architects explain: "On a vast urban plan, MUSAC draws the scenario for art with the same optimistic attitude used by the Roman surveyors to sketch their cities in the landscape. In contrast to other types of spaces which, in their museum facet, focus on the exhibition of frozen historic collections, Musac is a living space that opens its doors to the wide-ranging manifestations of contemporary art. This is an art centre that constructs a set of chessboards on which the action is protagonist of the space; a structure that develops from an open system, formed by fabric of squares and rhombi, and permitting the construction of secret geography of memory".
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