July 08, 2011

Carlos Salazar Gutiérrez ("Salaguti"), Casa Museo/The house museum


picture (aug 2009) courtesy of Victor Castelo, Flickr

This architectonic structure, located in the community of Sasamón, near the city of Burgos in Spain, is a house to live in, a workshop and a museum, and it is rather special, isn't it?

Life and works

This house/workshop/museum.has been single-handedly constructed by Carlos Salazar Gutiérrez (1944), who likes to call himself  "Salaguti",

As a young man he wanted to be an artist, notably a sculptor and a painter. It is reported that he has applied to join an art school, but somehow he was denied to follow the lessons, and so he had to teach himself and had to become an autodidact artist.

Salaguti has made all kinds of sculptures, bought by private collectors. but he also has made creative constructs such as fountains and monuments for public places in Spanish communities,

Here is an example of a sculpture he made for a square, the Plaza Alonso Martinez, in Burgos:

picture courtesy of Beatriz Arreba

Although he started as an autodidact artist, it might be that Guitérrez developed into a professional artist. However, up to now I could not trace sources showing how the official spanish art world appreciates his position.

In the late seventies, around 1977,  Salaguti began constructing a house, both with the intention to live and work there and to let it be a museum, where his creations could be exposed.

 picture (aug 2010) courtesy of Jroberto2005, Flickr

It became quite a special architectonic structure, characterized by a huge, some four meters high sculptured self-portrait of the bearded artist, which is part of the outside wall. The two story building has many more special features, like a wall with all kind of faces which emerge in relief.

The house is located on a hill in a quite rural area, some kilometers from the center of Sasamón and as far as I understand, when the artist is at home, visitors are welcome to come inside to see Salaguti's artistic creations.

Local authorities apparently are positive about the creative construct. On Sasamón's official website it is announced among the interesting places of the community to view.

Documentation, more pictures
* Javier Hernando Carrasco,  "La escultura-museo de Salaguti (Sasamón, Burgos)", in: Juan Antonio Ramirez, red, Escultecturas margivagantes: la arquitectura fantástica en España,  Madrid (Siruela), 2006.
* Website The Great Learning with pictures of emerging faces
* Website Gabyrulo with a number of pictures of the house
* Video by Serflac (3'16", uploaded July 2014, Youtube)


Carlos Salazar Gutiérrez ("Salaguti")
Casa Museo
Carretera Citores del Parámo
09123 Sasamón, Burgos, Castilla y Leon, Spain
can be visited when the artist is at home

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