Neruda's architectural link to Spain

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18 October 2004, BARCELONA - The relationship between Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda and a Spanish architect is the central theme of an exhibition which opened Monday.

18 October 2004

BARCELONA - The relationship between Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda and a Spanish architect is the central theme of an exhibition which opened Monday.

The exhibition features original documents from the Neruda Foundation and unpublished photographs.

Letters from the Chilean poet to Spanish architect German Rodriguez Arias, as well as postcards, instamatic photos that had never before been viewed by the public and original architectural plans are included in this unique exhibition.

Between 1943 and 1948, Neruda hired Rodriguez Arias, exiled in Chile, to design the first addition to the house he had bought on Isla Negra in 1939.

Probably at the same time, Rodriguez Arias also worked on Neruda and Delia del Carril's house in Santiago, where he designed a small theatre at the back of the garden of the house the poet called "Federico Garcia Lorca."

In addition, Rodriguez Arias designed different pieces of furniture for the poet, including a pine and leather arm chair dubbed "Isla Negra".

When he returned to Chile in 1952 after more than three years in exile, Neruda once again asked for his friend's help in designing "La Chascona" (Mop of hair) - a small house at the foot of Santiago's San Cristobal Hill that would become the love nest he shared with Matilde Urrutia.

Between 1956 and 1957, Rodriguez Arias designed the study and bar in "La Chascona".

Four series of photographs illustrate the results of Rodriguez Arias's work and, along with the other items on display, provide an insight into an interesting period of Neruda's life.

The exhibition illustrating the personal and professional relationship between the Chilean poet and the Spanish architect is on display at the Association of Catalan Architects building in Barcelona.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

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