The retrospective of the renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava at the St Petersburg State Hermitage Museum is the first ever exhibition dedicated exclusively to contemporary architecture in the history of the institution - as well as the first architecture show of the Hermitage 20/21 contemporary art series. In a way, the two giants really are a good match: the bridge genius Calatrava and the city of bridges that is St Petersburg. Besides, so much more than an architect, Calatrava is also an engineer, sculptor, poet and painter, famous for his slowing shapes that seem to be suspended in perpetual motion, mirroring a whole range of natural phenomena and objects: wings, waves, sun-bleached carcasses...
To date, Calatrava has over thirty bridges under his belt, scattered all over the world: in Barcelona, Texas, California, Bilbao, Buenos Aires, Jerusalem, Seville, Venice, Valencia... It could be said that the Spanish architect has revolutionised the idea of a bridge, transforming it into an elegant object that embodies technological virtuosity as well as poetry. As for Calatrava himself, he makes no bones about admitting to considering architecture the greatest of all arts; after all, it does incorporate the rest of art forms, like music, painting and sculpture.
Alongside some famous designs by Calatrava, the likes of the Milwaukee Art Museum's Quadracci Pavilion in Wisconsin (2001) and the Athens Olympic Sports Complex (2004), etc., the St Petersburg exhibition also features a number of large-scale paintings and sculptures by Calatrava.
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Keywords: exhibition, Saint Petersburg