View of “David Bestué,” 2015.

View of “David Bestué,” 2015.

David Bestué

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View of “David Bestué,” 2015.

Barcelona-based David Bestué first came to prominence as part of a duo with Marc Vives, with whom he had systematically and mockingly subverted the tropes of modern sculpture through performances that gained the pair international attention, for instance through their participation in Daniel Birnbaum’s Venice Biennale in 2009. Working on his own since 2012, Bestué has relentlessly elaborated a critical slant on architecture. In carrying out this critique, he transcends artistic and aesthetic concerns, often sneaking into the realms of engineering and constructive techniques.

Bestué’s first solo show in Madrid was titled “La España moderna,” after a magazine popular in Spain at the turn of the twentieth century. Miserable and melancholic after the collapse of its empire, the country was worn down, and a good number of intellectuals sought to heal a wounded national identity by

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