Verdaguer and Gaudí. An exhibition recreating the Sala Mercč

Barcelona History Museum houses Verdaguer i Gaudí. Tradició i modernitat a la Barcelona del canvi de segle, 1878-1912 (Verdaguer and Gaudí. Tradition and modernity in turn-of-the-century Barcelona, 1878-1912), recreating the cinematograph exhibition hall Sala Mercč designed by Gaudí in 1904.

On the occasion of the centenary of Verdaguer's death and the 150th anniversary of Gaudí's birth, Barcelona History Museum offers an audio-visual experience with the objective of encouraging reflection on the symbolic universe of both artists within the cultural context of Catalan society from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th.

Gaudí constructed the Sala Mercč for the businessman Lluís Graner in a building at the heart of La Rambla, currently number 122. It had a brief life and the building was later modified and demolished some years after. The auditorium and the diorama grottoes of the Sala Mercč have been reproduced. Through photographs, sounds and light effects, they explain the relationship between the work of the religious man and poet and that of the architect.


Source: Ediciones STJ (22-1-02)