César Manrique Foundation / Fundación César Manrique
artist César Manrique
year 2001 & 2005
language(s) French, English, Spanish
location SPAIN, Lanzarote
region 5 Offshore (Offshore)
index no. 04.5.01
media 2 Books
about the media Book “César Manrique” in French and English, book “Cultivando la Naturaleza” in English and Spanish.
about the project César Manrique’s influence on the island of Lanzarote was great and will have repercussions for generations to come. An architect and artist who travelled and worked throughout the world, he settled in Lanzarote and decided it was his mission to enhance the beauty of the island and prevent it from being spoilt (after seeing first-hand what New York looked like).
Thanks to Manrique, strict construction laws were put in place that prevent the construction of high-rise buildings, stipulate the colours that can be used to paint them (basically white and green), ban advertising in public places (such as billboards) and until recently, ban large increases in the number of tourists allowed to stay on the island. The book introduces us to his life and work.
in project language Es imposible imaginarse Lanzarote tal y como es hoy sin César Manrique. Era pintor, escultor, arquitecto, ecologista, conservador de monumentos, consejero de construcción, planeador de complejos urbanísticos, configurador de paisajes y jardines.
about artist and participants César Manrique (Lanzarote, 1919-1992) was an architect and artist. He was very influential in regulating and organising the public space on the island of Lanzarote. This book was given to the Bibliobox by Bianca Visser, who grew up on Lanzarote and now works as an independent curator in the Dutch city of Utrecht. Previously she worked at the César Manrique Foundation, and in 2004-2005 produced the show “Cultivando la Naturaleza”.