Lúa Coderch: Deflating the Wall 

Last days to see the work

‘The reason why The Onyx Wall is an inflatable responds to a process of research on the history of this pavilion.’ Lúa Coderch explains how she conceptualised the inflatable wall that can still be seen in the exhibition of the MACBA Collection titled Poetic Intention. ‘I’d say the work is a comment, a slightly tongue-in-cheek one, on the fact that the pavilion, because of the way it was reconstructed, is like a photograph full of air, inflated.’ Coderch is talking about the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, designed by Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich and located close to the ‘Magic Fountain’, in Barcelona. Built as the German Pavilion for the International Exposition of 1929, it was dismantled following the event and reconstructed in the 1980s from photographs rather than the original plans, which had been destroyed. In a reference to the supposed faithfulness of the reconstruction, Coderch built a replica of the onyx wall, the centrepiece of the pavilion, as an inflatable wall. Last days to see the work.  

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Lua Coderch’s Poetic Intention | MACBA Collection
Lua Coderch’s Poetic Intention | MACBA Collection
In ‘Estil Internacional (Mur d’Ònix)’ (International Style [Onyx Wall]), Lúa Coderch reproduces the onyx wall of the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, built in 1929 for the Barcelona International Exposition. The work reflects on the paradox hidden behind the concept of “historical present” and touches on how the city has been built, projecting moments of time that the city wished to commemorate which have inevitably become outdated.
MACBA Collection. Prelude Poetic Intention