Materia Gris

Space & Place

Lucas Muñoz exhibition design concept aimed to circumvent the residue process all exhibitions seem to produce. Thus, a thorough documentation of all stored items from previous exhibitions at Centrocentro was ran in order to make use of all storage material.

The impact of the exhibition design was not only on the cultural center storage, but also it had a social and environmental value. Illumination has been developed in collaboration with a social project to fund their actions; the only acquired material were food cans for supporting the plinths, staples material used for mechanic solutions and plywood boards that were intervened in a way that they can be completely re-used at the end of the exhibition...

Production took three weeks. During those, Lucas and his usual team of collaborators, Joan Vellvé Rafecas, Inés Sitiaga and Hector Muñoz, catalogued and arranged all Centrocentro stored material. This was not only used to create the podiums and plinths, but also in creative ways to protect artwork. No material was glued or screwed, everything will be dismantable at the end of the exhibtion...


As many cultural centers, Centrocentro was not aware of the amount of objects they had stored throughout the years, and for this reason most of those had become unaccessible.

The exhibition design intended to have a systemic impact on the hosting institution, and for this all material stored along the years has been documented and catalogued. A massive array of useful and sometimes not that useful objects was photographed, measured and indexed.

For the exhibition set up, all stored objects (except for artwork) were moved to the exhibition floor and arranged in sets that served as supporting structures for the exhibited content.

After the exhibition, it will cost less resources to the cultural center to send objects to recycle than to move them back to the storage rooms. This way, the exhibition design forces them to select what they want to keep and, thus, reset the capacity of their storage rooms.

Food cans.-

Each podium is hold by an array of food cans. Chickpeas, lentils, corn, mussels, tuna and others are what temporarily elevates the bottom boards in order to avoid their degradation when wet cleaning the room.

At the end of the exhibition these cans will be consumed during an event at Lucas Muñoz studio in Madrid. The rest will be donated to Norte Joven association cooking school.


As a result of years of exhibitions, the storage of Centrocentro was loaded with dozens of vitrines, designed and produced under different standards.

For this exhibition set up most of them were employed, and for that they were restored, cleaned and cataloged. After this exhibition, future collaborating designers will be able to have access to a fully updated list of available vitrines and know their state of conservation.


All the content of the exhibition was displayed on top of European forests certified plywood. These boards were used mostly uncut, and if cut, they were divided in half or in fourths.

All exhibition texts were written on them using only one single Bic pen that was controlled by a CNC machine produced by Dutch street artist Antigoon.

At the end of the exhibition all texts and stains will be sanded out and boards will then be used as new.


Most of the content illumination has been resolved using table, wall and floor lamps. These have been designed to be easily and economically manufactured. Using only off the shelf materials like bricks, welding rods and electronic quick connectors.

The production was carried out by the students of the Norte Joven association.

During the exhibiton all these lamps can be pre-ordered through a web environment. During the exhibition dismantlement, ordered lamps can be picked up and full sales amount will go for the association’s fostering of their social project.


Commissioned by cultural center Centrocentro cibeles and curator Ana

Dominguez Siemens, the exhibition design hosts a content that take a deep look to a new materialsity developed to counterbalance plastic’s fossil based materiality.

Exhibited projects and products include: Julia Lohman, Neri Oxman, Nacho Carbonell, Fernando Laposse, Formafantasma, Mogu (Maurizio Montalti), Studio Swine,Cassina, Patricia Urquiola, Erez Nevi Pana, Thus That, Tamara Orjola, Sarmite Polakova, Tessa Silva, Woojai Lee, Carolina Pacheco, Licia Desideri, Crafting Plastics!, Elisava’s material scopes, Alix Bizet, James Shaw and Marjan Aubel, Dzek, Valdis, Steinarsdottir, Silio Cardona, Jorge Penadés, Alvaro Catalán, Naifactory, Notpla, Vollebak, Merdacotta, Basse Stittgen, Kosuke Araki, Tom Metcalfe, Manuel Jouvin, Pascal Leboucq & Lucas de Man, Baptiste Cotten, Scarlett Yang, Studio Lionne van Deursen and Inés Sistiaga.

Commissioner: Centrocentro Cibeles

Curator: Ana Dominguez Siemens

Design team: Joan Vellvé RafecasInés Sistiaga, Hector Muñoz, Corradino Garofalo

Assistants: Reyes Lachiondo, Cosette Möller

In collaboration with: Norte Joven Association Antigoon

Graphic design: Lucas Muñoz, Antigoon

Photo Credits: Lucas Muñoz, Lukasz Michalak, Jaime GorospeCorradino Garofalo


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