Looking at Architecture. Monumental Photography in the XIX Century


03.07 – 04.10.2015
Curators: Helena Pérez Gallardo, Delfín Rodríguez Ruiz

Organized by: Biblioteca Nacional de España

Since the birth of the Daguerreotype, buildings and monuments have been one of the main objects photographed. This exhibition intends to reveal the different links that connected photography, architecture and engineering in the nineteenth century through a broad investigation into the holdings of the National Library of Spain and accompanied by works of great importance belonging to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Prado National Museum, among other institutions.

The exhibition, which is divided into six sessions that include over two hundred works, will use treatises, engravings and albums to explain what the representation of architecture was like up to that moment and why there emerged a need to reproduce architecture in Europe, to then respond to the reasons that motivated the choice of the works and monuments to be photographed, concluding with what was the main destination for all of these photographs. In short, Looking at Architecture intends to show the how, why, when, who, what for and for what reason photography of architecture was produced, and particularly what where the characteristics of its practice in Spain.

Biblioteca Nacional de España
Paseo de Recoletos, 20-22
28071 Madrid
Mar-Sab / Tue-Sat: 10.00 – 20.00 h
Dom, Fest / Sun, Hol: 10.00 – 14.00 h
Entrada / Admission: Gratuita / Free
Metro: Metro: Serrano / Colón
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