CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo


Three years ago CA2M started work for the first time with the architecture of its building, but not in the form of an exhibition of scale models and plans, but by making the architecture happen live, turning its refurbishment into a public performance. The Office for Political Innovation, directed by the architect Andrés Jaque –a lecturer at Columbia University and the most visible face of new architecture in Spain – was commissioned to undertake a series of exercises in architectural acupuncture in the museum. These painless actions, affecting specific points throughout its various spaces, is enabling CA2M to adapt its architecture to uses that have become part of its everyday operation after its first ten years of life: in the first phase, a large multi-purpose space was opened to allow exhibitions to be choreographed, to carry out radical performances and to install monumental pieces for the first time; in the second phase, the façade was given a new skin, a painting layer with a variable colour that vindicates the body of the visitor with respect to the eye as the intellectual organ that replaces the whole body in the convention of traditional museums. In the third phase, and the most visible so far, the acupuncture focuses on the entrance lobby. The museum will be given a new entrance, a welcoming space prepared for manifold uses, its transparency making it open to the community, and recognising a fundamental aspect of our work with different audiences, namely, to establish an open meeting space with a low level of institutionality, in which the infinite uses which our new signage—conceived by the artist Dora García and Olga Subirós—speak about are not just promises but real possibilities.


Andrés Jaque/Office for Political Innovation is best known for landmark designs such as COSMO NY, Escaravox, House in Never Never Land and Plasencia Clergy House. In 2016 it received the Frederick Kiesler Prize, the most important award for architectural experimentation. It has also received the Silver Lion at the XIV Venice Biennale, the Dionisio Hernández Gil Prize and the 2015 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Award. Its work has been exhibited at MoMA New York, ZKM in Karlsruhe, MAK in Vienna, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, London Design Museum, Museo Jumex and Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum in Basel.