Aga Khan Museum to feature Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza’s ‘Gateway to Alhambra’

Aga Khan Museum to feature Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza’s ‘Gateway to Alhambra’The work of Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza will be showcased in a new exhibit at Aga Khan Museum.

Opening Saturday, July 23 at 77 Wynford Dr., the exhibit, titled Álvaro Siza: Gateway to the Alhambra, explores the creative process behind one of Siza’s latest projects, the Alhambra’s new Visitor Centre in Granada, Spain.

“The Alhambra is the site of the last great Muslim civilization on the Iberian peninsula, inspiring countless artists and architects,” Henry Kim, director and CEO of the museum, said in a release. “With his vision for Puerta Nueva, Siza does the seemingly impossible: encompass the history of the Alhambra and achieve a timeless design. Only an architect of Siza’s stature could take on such a feat.”

Through sketches, renderings, models, videos, and interviews, the exhibition explores how Siza was simultaneously inspired and challenged by the Alhambra, a site which grew from a modest 9th-century fortress to a luxurious palace complex and citadel five centuries later. Today, 8,500 visitors enter this World Heritage Site daily.

Álvaro Siza: Gateway to the Alhambra, curated by António Choupina of Porto, Portugal, is a joint project of Aedes Architecture Forum, Berlin, and the Patronato de la Alhambra y Generalife, Granada, in partnership with the Aga Khan Museum, and supported by the National Alliance of Trade Associations.

Source: insidetoronto.com

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