Thursday, 10 May 2012

National Gallery

I serendipitously encountered a Cuban art historian there on my last visit. He told me the Gallery was a retread in steel of what had been designed in concrete as an exhibition hall for the preeminent Cuban rum. Castro nixed it. 

And so Mies dragged it home, another booboo of his Crystal Palace syndrome, as in the uninhabitable Farnsworth house outside Chicago where the temperature range was far from Barcelona's, and it was finally reopened as a Visitor's Center honoring the architectural genius of Mies!

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