The National Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia (mNACTEC) has formally opened the travelling exhibition "Recovered Sites. New uses of Catalan industrial heritage", a presentation taking us on a journey through the initiatives for the reuse of industrial heritage undertaken over recent decades in Catalonia. The exhibition project is the work of the architect Ferran Pont and the photographer Teresa Llordés, co-produced by the Foundation of Former Catalan Savings Banks and the mNACTEC.
"Recovered Sites" showcases the artistic, historical and landscape values of industrial architecture, presenting examples of reinvention within the field, such as the conversion of former factories into museums, schools, libraries or retail establishments. A wide range of approaches to interventions for the reuse of heritage are on display, ranging from major transformations to more minimalist initiatives which place the emphasis on maintaining the industrial landscape.
Historical photographs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries play a significant role throughout the exhibition. These images, born out of research conducted in a range of archives, provide a view of the buildings in their original use, and show how the urban contexts of these constructions have changed.
The project was launched in 2014 with the publication by the mNACTEC of the book Recovered Sites by Ferran Pont and Teresa Llordés, and now continues with this exhibition which, on the initiative of the Foundation of Former Catalan Savings Banks and the mNACTEC, aims to show off the work performed in the field of the recovery of the industrial heritage of Catalonia.
“Recovered Sites. New uses of Catalan industrial heritage" will be on display at the mNACTEC until 26 March 2017, and can then be seen at a number of cultural centres around Catalonia. The exhibition is sponsored by the company Establiments Viena.