Aena Arte Magazine 

The Aena Arte Magazine is a body of expression and cultural dissemination of the artistic heritage of the Aena Foundation and of aeronautical knowledge.


Number 32
Number 32 Summer 2012
  • Airports turn green, by Laura Ordóñez. The aviation industry generates 2% of all the CO2 emissions produced by humans, and airports represent 5% of that figure. To minimise the impact of these gas emissions many airports develop ambitious environmental management programmes with the end goal of carbon neutral facilities - or in other words, 100% ecological airports.
  • Airports with art, by Susana Rodríguez Arenes. "Art goes beyond its time and contains some of the future," said Wassily Kandinsky, the Russian-born painter who is known as a pioneer of 20th century abstract art. The definition could serve to explain many of the works of art installed in airports all over the world, from Spain to the USA, via Japan, India and Ecuador; some for the artistic depth they convey, others for the confusion they inspire, and the rest, simply because they are amazing.
  • High flying gastronomy, by Victoria Hinojosa. These days, airlines are paying even more attention to the services they offer their business-class customers, who represent their best profit margins. In the quest for differentiation and excellence, catering services are particularly important and have improved in quality and variety thanks to collaboration with famous chefs worldwide, usually from the home country of each airline.
  • Goodbye to Professor Sánchez Tarifa, by José Luis Montañés. Carlos Sánchez Tarifa, aeronautical engineer, university professor, teacher, soldier and research enthusiast, is considered the father of aeronautical and space propulsion in Spain. His long professional career and the importance of his work in the aeronautical field earned him the 1st National Emilio Herrera Award, created by the Aena Foundation in 1995. Born in Ciudad Rodrigo, Salamanca, in 1921, this much-loved professor died on 12 January 2012. His last public appearance was at the tribute organised for him at the Escuela Superior de Ingenieros Aeronáuticos (Aeronautical Engineering College) in March 2011.
  • Pintopilotare. Fedele Azari and the aeroplane, by Alina Navas. Fedele Azari (1895-1930) was one of the Futurists who got into a plane during the First World War and then couldn't get out again. An artist in many disciplines, he used them all to express the new sensations of the aeroplane in an era when the arts were becoming more dynamic. Enthralled by risk and innovation, he had the skill to combine art and aviation.
  • Antoni Tàpies, circa 1955 and beyond, by Juan Manuel Bonet. If you were born in 1953, obviously, to discuss Spanish art, and the art of Antoni Tàpies, around 1955, you need to call on inherited memory. You have to try to understand how, around 1955, an artist born in 1923 and who had already taken his first steps in the stormy art world around 1940, that is, in terrible times for the world, for Spain, for Catalonia, for modern art...
  • A place of adventure for the cinema, by Esther Maseda Truchado. The world of the cinema and the world of aeronautics and airports have been closely linked since they both began. Thanks to the big screen, millions of people have been able to experience flying or explore an aerodrome before they ever set foot in a plane. Together they have created hundreds of stories to inspire and entertain.
  • Interview with Alberto García-Alix: “With intellectual references you can better express how you like to see,” by Gonzalo Iguain.
  • The airport age. Life in flight, by José Antonio Garriga Vela.
  • Illustrations by Dionisio González.

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