MAD retrospective opens in Madrid

The Museo ICO in Madrid will exhibit the cutting-edge and spectacular work by MAD architects from October 31 until March 3, 2013. Speaking at the opening  Zhu Bangzao, Chinese ambassador to Spain, Román Escolano, chairman of the Instituto de Crédito Oficial (ICO) welcomed politicians, national media and leading cultural figures in Madrid. 

“Ma Yansong. Between (global) modernity and (local) tradition” shows 30 buildings from works as the stunning as the City&art Museum (Ordos, China), the Absolute Towers (Mississauga, Canada) and never shown before recent works.

The exhibition at the Museo ICO Museum for the first time brings together a selection of MAD’s works in a way that expresses their ambition to make architecture inspired by Chinese landscape painting and poetry. The exhibition is a showcase of alternatives to an urban life with organic, humanistic spaces at a time that creates increasing urban similarity around the world.

Among the projects shown in the exhibition is the City & Art Museum in Ordos, a museum for a new-town in Inner Mongolia created for a population that only a few generations ago exerted their culture as nomads. As well as Ma Yansong’s international breakthrough, the award winning ‘Absolute Towers’, two curvious towers located in a fast urbanising suburb of Toronto. A commission he landed by winning an international competition by both public and professional vote.  

Ma Yansong. Entre la Modernidad (global) y la tradición (local)
from 31 October 2012 till March 3, 2013. 
MUSEO ICO (Zorrilla, 3). Free entrance, daily from 11.00-20.00