The aim of the Beulas Foundation is to make the CDAN a leading centre on itineraries focusing on the study of contemporary art — to create a territory for art that is capable of generating an image of modern-day Huesca and drawing international attention thanks to its specialisation in distinctive subjects related to art and nature.
© Duccio Malagamba, CDAN Archive
The starting point for the CDAN is a desire to identify this new public space as one w ith meaning – as a new civic milestone for the city and the autonomous community of Huesca; a public spaces that by virtue of the project it embodies and the way it is run can be seen as an indicator of urban quality, and therefore as a significant w ay of ensuring that new infrastructure generates value for citizens.
The Centro de Arte y Naturaleza offers a regular programme of activities that centre on its tw o major collections, nature, public space, artistic creation and contemporary culture, all with a strong emphasis on presenting new insights and perspectives. With a determination to set itself apart while reaching out to a broad audience, the CDAN will find its place in international netw orks that link artistic and cultural spaces by promoting both creative and management exchanges.
© José María Barranco, CDAN Archive
The CDAN – structured around the thematic axis of art and nature – is emerging as a living space that is open to the city of Huesca and visitors. The site as a whole is defined by a series of elements with a common identity: the plot donated by José Beulas and María Sarrate, w here the couple currently make their home, with tw o buildings constructed in the 1960s (a house designed by Benosa and a studio by García de Paredes) and a garden that w ill be linked to the property where the CDAN is situated; a building designed by Rafael Moneo, which serves as the information and management centre; and a yet-to-be-constructed building that will complete existing services. Together this set of autonomous structures will constitute an extension of the city’s public space.
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