Crossing boundaries in the architecture of Sala Beckett
1 June – 31 August 2019
In 2016 architecture practice Flores & Prats completed their conversion of a 1920s workers cooperative building into Sala Beckett, a theatre inspired by the legacy of Samuel Beckett, in Barcelona, where the practice is based. In 2018 their installation of a full-scale replica of one of the theatre’s spaces was a highlight of the Venice Architecture Biennale.
In 2019, the 30th anniversary of Beckett’s death, curator and architectural critic Vicky Richardson will explore the ideas behind this project at Roca London Gallery, whose headquarters are, appropriately, located in Barcelona. WHAT WHERE will look at the set of circumstances that has made it possible for the work of an Irish playwright to influence the design of an experimental theatre in Barcelona. The exhibition brings the concurrent London Festival of Architecture’s theme of boundaries into sharp relief, looking at the way that influences travel not only around the world, but across art forms.
The exhibition will include Flores & Prats’ eleven architectural models of Sala Beckett, a remarkable group of pieces that unfold from carrying cases to illustrate the evolution of the space from its original formation to its new incarnation. Drawings and photographs of the space will accompany the installation, along with a rare screening of Beckett’s disturbing short film, Film (1965) starring Buster Keaton in one of the actor’s last roles.
Roca London Gallery
London SW6 2PY
Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 5:30pm.
Saturdays from 11am. to 5pm.
Open until 8pm on the last Tuesday
of every month.
Thursday 6th June 2019
18.30 – 21.00hrs
Join us for drinks to celebrate the opening of ‘What Where: Crossing boundaries in the architecture of Sala Beckett’. Curated by Vicky Richardson, the exhibition explores how the work of Irish playwright Samuel Beckett influenced the design of an experimental theatre in Barcelona by Flores and Prats’ Architects.