The work of Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza will be showcased in a new exhibit at Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum.
Opening Saturday, July 23 the exhibit, titled Álvaro Siza: Gateway to the Alhambra, explores the creative process behind one of his latest projects, the Alhambra’s new Visitor Centre in Granada, Spain.
“The Alhambra is the site of the last great Muslim civilization on the Iberian peninsula, inspiring countless artists and architects,” Henry Kim, director and CEO of the museum, said in a release.
“With his vision for Puerta Nueva, Siza does the seemingly impossible: encompass the history of the Alhambra and achieve a timeless design. Only an architect of Siza’s stature could take on such a feat.”
Through sketches, renderings, models, videos, and interviews, the exhibition explores how Siza was simultaneously inspired and challenged by the Alhambra, a site which grew from a modest 9th-century fortress to a luxurious palace complex and citadel five centuries later. Today, 8,500 visitors go to this World Heritage Site daily.