inauguration of the Gaudí International Year
20th March 2002, the Saló de Cent of Barcelona
Town Council has held the academic inauguration
ceremony of the Gaudí International Year. Queen
Sofía, President of Honour of the Gaudí International
Year, opened the event.
The architects Oriol Bohigas, Lord Norman Foster
and Arata Isozaki then explained their personal
vision of the work and figure of Antoni Gaudí.
The following institutional representatives also
participated: Luis Alberto de Cuenca, State Secretary
of Culture; Joan Clos, Mayor of Barcelona; and
Jordi Pujol, President of the Autonomous Government
of Catalonia. The Queen concluded the function
by declaring the Gaudí International Year officially
The official inauguration brought together more
than 350 people linked to the commission of the
commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Antoni
Gaudí's birth as well as people from the cultural
world of Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain. The guests
next attended the Saló del Tinell of the City
History Museum where the exhibition Gaudí. Exploring
form was opened.