Fernando Higueras. From the roots
Charismatic, visionary, painter, musician, photographer and cataloged for many years as the “great forgotten architect”, Fernando Higueras (Madrid, 1930-2008) now leaves us as his legacy a visual tour of his work, his life and his way of understanding the architecture. The exhibition Fernando Higueras. From the roots, curated by Lola Botia, who was the couple and collaborator of the architect, arrives in Donostia by the School of Architecture of the University of the Basque Country of the UPV/EHU, which invites us to enter the world of the special and multifaceted Higueras in two locations, the School itself and the Basque Institute of Architecture.
The exhibition proposes a journey through the work that the visionary architect Fernando Higueras carried out throughout his professional life, from 1950 to 2008. Constructed and unbuilt projects of the architect can be seen accompanied by a set of drawings, since Higueras was also a great artist. The most architectural facet of the Madrilenian can be seen at the School’s facilities, while the more artistic content can be visited at the Institute of Architecture.
Both the architectural and artistic work of Higueras has been recognized by an important number of awards that he collected throughout his professional career. Some of the most important were the First and Second Medals of Architecture in the National Exhibition of Fine Arts in 1966, without forgetting that in 1983 he was selected by the Superior Council of the Colleges of Architects of Spain to be eligible for the Pritzker International Architecture Prize.
In addition, part of his work has been declared Artistic and Cultural Heritage, as is the case of the Hotel Las Salinas in Lanzarote in 1998, or has been protected by the Madrid City Council: La Corona de Espinas, the headquarters of the Institute of Cultural Heritage of Spain (1965), Aravaca’s Colegio Estudio (1962) and the UVA of Hortaleza (1963).