MIGUEL FISAC (1913 - 2006)
Miguel Fisac is the most important and internationally recognised Spanish architect of the second half of the twentieth century. His work is of most significance when considering the modern architectural movement in Spain of the said period. As Fisac’s work is increasingly researched his figure has become increasingly critical in understanding the modern architectural movement in Spain. His work is the most germinal and coherent of the era.
Fisac came from the Manchego rural environment of Daimiel (Royal City) where he was born in 1913. He travelled from a young age stipulating a broad view of both the European, Nordic and American avant-gardes and the tradition of the Far East and North Africa. This universal education is reflected in an architecture without apriorism’s where constructive invention joins a rationality in approaches and an expressive intuition dominated by space versus form.
Fisac's work encompasses both buildings and urbanism, furniture and object creation, industrial design and painting. In the four decades, from the beginning of the forties till the eighties, he produced his most acclaimed works, which are grouped into stages: firstly in 1942 he worked in the style of abstract classicism, which in the fifties modernized towards an organicism dominated by the presence of brick, a material practically abandoned to concreate, used structurally walls and finally, the invention of prefabricated concreate textures with flexible frameworks, a theme that directed his work in the late 1980s.
He continued working through till his death in 2006, but in a more sporadic manner, conjoining new architecture with rehabilitation, writing and conferences and exhibitions about his work activities. In 1994 he obtained the Gold Medal for Architecture, and in 2003 of the National Architecture Prize.
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