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Spain Pavilion

Spain Pavilion

THEME: From the City of Our Parents to the City of Our Children

PAVILION: The Pavilion is designed to be a hand-weaved basket supported by the steel framework inside. “The Basket,” as some have dubbed the Pavilion, is “dressed” by more than 8,000 wicker panels in brown, beige and black. Wicker weaving is a tradition both in China and in Spain, so the Pavilion is not unlike a bridge connecting the two nations. The panels were handmade by craftsmen in the Shandong Province, each one unique in design. The black panels will form characters of Chinese calligraphy.

Spain Pavilion

EXHIBIT: The Pavilion contains three exhibition halls, each one designed by a different Spanish film director from each of the last three decades. The exhibit will take visitors through time and space of the developed cities in Spain. The most talked-about part of the exhibit is Miguelin, a giant animatronic baby that breathes blinks and reacts to the presence of visitors. Room one, designed by Bigas Luna, is entitled “From the Countryside to the City” and utilizes gigantic video walls to show the soul of Spanish urban life, from sporting events to the flamenco dancers. Using uniquely Spanish art – from the cave drawings at Altamira to the mosque at Cordoba to Picasso’s Guernica, Luna will introduce visitors to the DNA of Spain.

Spain Pavilion

Room two, “From Our Parents City to the Present One” uses the music of Miguel Falla and the images of Basilio Martin Patino to illustrate the evolution of Spanish cities from then to now. Room three is “From the Present City to Our Child’s One” in which filmmaker Isabel Coixet interprets the dreams of Miguelin about the future of cities and the environment in a unique and amusing way. Here is where visitors will get to marvel at the gigantic Miguelin.

Spain Pavilion

CUISINE: There is a tapas bar on the first floor for visitors to sample bite-sized samples of Spanish cuisine as interpreted by award winning Spanish chef Pedro Larumbe. There is also a full restaurant that a prix fixe meal of Spanish delicacies is served, while visitors are entertained with an authentic Flamenco show. There are only two dinner seatings for the show so reservations are strongly urged.

Spain Pavilion

SHOPPING: There is a gift shop at the Pavilion’s exit.


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