These activities consist of guided tours, a series of lectures and a programme of open-air concerts. The website www.antoniopalacios.es contains all the details of the cultural offering related to the centenary.
Antonio Palacios was one of the most important and influential architects in Spain during the first half of the twentieth century. He designed some of Madrid’s landmark buildings, helping transform the former Baroque city into a modern metropolis. As well as living permanently in Madrid and producing some of his best known works there, he always remained bound by cultural and professional ties to his native Galicia. Palacios reached the height of his architectural production between 1910 and 1926. Many of his buildings have survived the passage of time thanks to architectural refurbishments to convert them to new uses. For example, three of his most representative buildings in Madrid now house private and state institutions: the Palacio de Comunicaciones (now the city hall), the Hospital de Jornaleros de Maudes (now the department of transport of Madrid’s regional government), the Casa de las Cariátides (headquarters of the Instituto Cervantes) and the Círculo de Bellas Artes (fine arts circle) in Madrid.
During the month of July, as part of the MusaE programme, AC/E is organising a series of open-air concerts in the courtyard of the former hospital. These musical soirées will be held at sunset every Friday in July and will feature music from Antonio Palacios’s day, transporting audiences back in time to the music scene of early twentieth-century Madrid. At these concerts, for which attendees must previously register (www.antoniopalacios.es), young musicians will perform a repertoire chosen by Fundación Eutherpe.
More than 6,200 people will be able to enjoy free tours of Antonio Palacios’s four most representative buildings: the former Hospital de Jornaleros, the Círculo de Bellas Artes, the Banco Español del Río de la Plata and the Palacio de Comunicaciones. The guides are specialists in heritage and cultural management. To take part in this initiative, which will run from June to December 2016, it is necessary to register previously on the website www.antoniopalacios.es
There will also be a number of thematic routes for self-guided tours of other Madrid buildings designed by Antonio Palacios originally as housing, shops and for industrial and transport use. The microsite provides users with textual and visual information needed to enjoy the architect’s designs independently.
A series of lectures on Antonio Palacios’s work is scheduled for October and November at various venues. On Tuesdays in October and November architects and historians specialised in Antonio Palacios and his work will examine significant aspects of the Galician architect’s design and production as well as the recent projects for conserving and refurbishing his most outstanding buildings. Free attendance until all seats filled.
Programme of lectures:
· 4 OCTOBER, 17.30. HOSPITAL DE JORNALEROS.
o Antonio Palacios: arquitecto de Madrid (Antonio Palacios: architect of Madrid). Jacobo Armero and Julio Touza
· 11 OCTOBER, 18.00. HOSPITAL DE JORNALEROS.
o Un arquitecto de vanguardia: materiales y artes decorativas en la obra de Antonio Palacios (An architect at the forefront: materials and decorative arts in the work of Antonio Palacios). Antonio Perla.
· 18 OCTOBER, 17.30. CENTROCENTRO.
o El primer gran proyecto, el Palacio de Correos: construcción y restauración (The first major project, the post office building: construction and restoration). Francisco Partearroyo
· 25 OCTOBER. 17:30. INSTITUTO CERVANTES.
o Palacios y la propuesta de una arquitectura bancaria para Madrid: el Banco Español del Río de la Plata (Palacios and the design for a bank architecture for Madrid: the Banco Español del Río de la Plata). Javier Mosteiro
· 8 NOVEMBER. 17:30. CIRCULO DE BELLAS ARTES.
o Efervescencia artística a principios de siglo. Antonio Palacios y el Círculo de Bellas Artes (Artistic exuberance at the start of the century. Antonio Palacios and the circle of fine arts). Juan Miguel Hernández de León
· 15 NOVEMBER. 18:00. ALCALÁ 31.
o La vivienda del nuevo siglo. Palacios y la arquitectura doméstica (Housing in the new century. Palacios and domestic architecture). Miguel Ángel Baldellou
· 22 NOVEMBER. 17:00 ALCALÁ 31.
o Esperando el metropolitano. Palacios y la construcción del metro de Madrid (Waiting for the “metropolitan”. Palacios and the construction of Madrid’s metro). Miguel Lasso de la Vega and Susana Olivares.
· 29 NOVEMBER. 17:00.HOSPITAL DE JORNALEROS.
o El Hospital de Jornaleros: Proyectos de construcción y restauración (The Hospital de Jornaleros: construction and restoration projects). Andrés Perea