Iberian Suite
Global arts remix

Kennedy Center
2015

ClientThe John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

LocationWashington DC, USA

DateMarch 2015

Size6 000 m2

Budget7 M$ US for the whole festival

ScopeArtistic direction, scenography, design

Project leaderMathieu Muin, Teresa G. Fernandez

CuratorsAlicia Adams, Gilda Almeida, Joséphine Matamoros, Bruno Gaudichon

Multimediaon-situ

GraphicsKokoro & Moi

LightingGlenn Turner, Kennedy Center

Photo creditMargot I. Schulman, Studio A. Gardère

Since 2005 Studio Adrien Gardère was in charge of the artistic direction and design of all exhibitions and installations of the international festivals of the Kennedy Center, the largest center of performing arts in the US, which offers more than 8.000 m2 of exhibition spaces.

 

Iberian Suite: global arts remix — the fifth international festival designed by the Studio — was devoted to Portugal and Spain, and shows the impact these two countries had on the world and, conversely, the cultural influences from around the world were assimilated and made its own by the Iberian peninsula.
 
The central featured exhibition of the festival, Picasso ceramist and the Mediterranean, is entirely dedicated to Pablo Picasso's work as a ceramist, and presented an exceptional selection of more than 140 ceramics by Pablo Picasso, testifying of the artist’s deep influence on the art of ceramics. The scenography designed by the Studio evokes the bullfight arena, central subject in all Pablo Picasso’s work.


 
As part of Iberian Suite, the Studio also created a video installation — with on-situ, its long-time multimedia partner — illustrating the exploration and the mapping of the world by Spanish and Portuguese navigators from the 14th century to the present day.    
 
The Studio also designed a fashion exhibition So Blue So White on the theme of white and blue and azulejos, and supervised various other artistic installations: 
- The Transatlantic Table: 500 Years of Global Gastronomy on the Iberian Peninsula’s food practices

- The Stone Raft, an outside installation by architects Eduardo Souto de Moura and Álvaro Siza Vieira

- A Journey of Imagination: installations of three Portuguese artists — Vhils, Manuela Pimentel and Nuno Vasa — honoring the literary arts within urban environments and street life.

- Triptych + one by Scott Gundersen

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ClientThe John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

LocationWashington DC, USA

DateMarch 2015

Size6 000 m2

Budget7 M$ US for the whole festival

ScopeArtistic direction, scenography, design

Project leaderMathieu Muin, Teresa G. Fernandez

CuratorsAlicia Adams, Gilda Almeida, Joséphine Matamoros, Bruno Gaudichon

Multimediaon-situ

GraphicsKokoro & Moi

LightingGlenn Turner, Kennedy Center

Photo creditMargot I. Schulman, Studio A. Gardère