Aníbal González and the Spanish Architectural Regionalism (10 September 2015, Leuven) Seminar

On Thursday, September 10, KADOC fellow Noelia María Chaves Méndez (Departamento de Ingeniería Gráfica, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain) will give a lecture entitled “Looking for the sources of his inspiration”, followed by a discussion.

The international architecture of the nineteenth century was marked by pluralism of styles: neo-styles (Baroque, Renaissance, Gothic…), Eclecticism or Historicism. However, there was more at stake than a simple search of a style, since the choice of a formal language was often motivated by the desire to give expression to cultural identity. In this search for identity, movements such as Art Nouveau or Regionalism were also generated.

The research of Noelia María Chaves Méndez investigates the Sevillian architect Aníbal González, who is one of the greatest exponents of regionalist movement in Andalusia (Spain), although he designed buildings in other contemporary styles too, as the Modernism. Aníbal González was the author of the worldwide famous Plaza de España, which attracts more than one million of tourists per year and other many outstanding buildings of the Iberian-American Exposition of 1929. Besides, he created a huge amount of residential, religious, industrial buildings and public spaces that are quiet unknown in academic and general spheres, despite the significance of their design and traditional techniques.

Venue: KADOC, Vlamingenstraat 39, 3000 Leuven, from 17:00 till 19:00 p.m. Participation is free, but registration is compulsory on the KADOC website, because you will receive some preliminary reading after registration.

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