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Gaudí’s Universe

 
 

31.5.2002 - 8.9.2002
Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB)


Montalegre, 5 | 08001 Barcelona
Tel. 933 064 100 | Fax. 933 064 101
www.cccb.org

Timetable: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 8 pm;
Mondays that are not holidays, closed

Gaudí and Art: This is the subject of the exhibit, which shows an unseen and comprehensive view of the works of this great architect. As if it were an exultant “maison d’artiste”, Gaudí’s Universe allows us to enter Gaudí’s complex mental and aesthetic world.

Four hundred original works bring us closer to Gaudí’s personality, in order to understand where lies the key to understanding his singularity, his way of working, of creating, of conceiving of the world, of becoming an inescapable artistic reference. A great exhibit for understanding Gaudí’s universe.

The first section focuses on the architect’s training and Gaudí’s relationship to the great aesthetic trends of the last decades of the 19th century, such as medievalism, different exoticisms, and Wagnerianism, with associations with Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelites, the Arts & Crafts movement, Viollet-le-Duc, etc.

In the second section, we will also find the vision of those who shared his system of work, bringing Gaudí’s workshop closer to the great sculptors of the period, such as Rodin, Falguière, or Camille Claudel, whose works stand side by side with Gaudí’s drawings, gouaches, and sculptures, many of which have never previously been exhibited. The core of this section is Gaudí’s workshop, located in the Sagrada Família, and the core subject is an analysis of his work methods and processes, with models in constant evolution, sculptures created from live models, and painted photographs, drawn and corrected.

The third section deals with the international reception of the figure of Gaudí, emphasizing the wide range of Gaudí’s influences on contemporary art and architectur; from Mendelsohn to Le Corbusier, to the appropriation of his works by Surrealists: Dalí, Man Ray, Brassaï, etc. The first exhibit dedicated to his work in Paris, in 1910, is also emphasized, as well as that held in the MOMA in New York in 1936 on the subject Fantastic Art, Dada, and Surrealism, which marked his first appearance in avant-garde media. And lastly, since the 1950’s, when Gaudí was definitively confirmed as one of the “masters” of the modern movement.


Organization: Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

Co-production: Departament de Cultura of the Generalitat de Catalunya and Fundación Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria

And the collaboration of: El Periódico de Catalunya, Ràdio Barcelona, COPCISA and iGuzzini

 

 

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