its history, Barcelona has been an open and welcoming city. Thanks
to the economic momentum and the social progress, between the
end of the 19th century and the begining of the 20th it experienced
a dynamic process of modernisation which influenced town development
and all the artistic expressions. The style of that period was
called Modernism and it coincided with the European formulation
of Art Nouveau. It was deeply rooted in all areas of society which
adopted it as one of the most representative styles. This is why
Barcelona is one of the world capitals of Modernism.
interpretations have been made of Gaudí's work. Some consider
it is traditional and others believe that it is avant-gardist.
Some call Gaudí a great artist and others, a great technician.
Some people define him as a transgressor but some defend his mysticism.
Everybody, however, coincides in affirming that his buildings
are surprising, different, and, therefore, difficult to classify.
2002, Barcelona will commemorate the 150th anniversary of Antoni
Gaudí's birth (1852-1926), the architect who has made the city
known around the world. The Gaudí International Year will publicise
his work and show how Gaudí broke with tradition in order to propose
a new way of understanding architecture in terms of the application
of geometry, the conception of space and the constructive procedures
as well as in the use of materials, forms and colours which helped
him to lend expressiveness to his works. In order to celebrate
the event, Barcelona is preparing a programme of multiple and
varied activities on which we will gradually offer information
through this website.