A series of talks on Art Nouveau will commence in the stable building of the Güell Pavilions, located at Avinguda Pedralbes 7 in Barcelona, this coming Monday, 8 October 2018. As is customary every year, the talks will focus on various topics related to Modernisme and will include the participation of specialists from each field. We enclose the programme of this series so that you can select the talk you wish to attend.
The Taller d'Història de Gràcia (Gràcia History Workshop) organises free tours of this work by Josep M. Jujol on the second Saturday and fourth Sunday of each month. The property’s former owner, Dr San Salvador, ran a bottled spring water business there that he marketed under the name of Agua Radial. The tour allows visitors to see the caves providing access to the well and the estate’s terraced hillside garden. Work by the Municipal Institute of Urban Landscape to rehabilitate the space in several stages began in 2008.
As of 1 January 2016, the Hotel España, located at Sant Pau 11, stopped organising the guided tours of the building’s interior that it had been offering visitors in various languages and on prior request since April 2012. The Modernisme Route discount voucher booklet has consequently lost one of its discounts, but the hotel ─ decorated in 1902-03 by one of the forefathers of Modernisme, Lluís Domènech i Montaner, in collaboration with two great masters of the arts such as the sculptor Eusebi Arnau and the painter Ramon Casas ─ still remains one of the 120 stops in the Barcelona Modernisme Route.
The Casa Fuster is a neo-Gothic style building by Lluís Domènech i Montaner that currently houses the Hotel Casa Fuster. The Hotel’s Galaxó Restaurant can be found on the first floor, where diners can enjoy contemporary Mediterranean cuisine prepared with fresh seasonal products in a unique setting. It features a Casa Fuster 1908 Modernista set-price lunch, which is available daily to savour quality cuisine within a true Modernista building.
Casa Batlló, the creative work by Antoni Gaudí, was declared a World Heritage by UNESCO a decade ago. To commemorate this date and within the framework of the festival of La Merce, Casa Batlló wants to share an audiovisual projection on the facade, with the entire city of Barcelona.
In 2013 the magazine coupDefouet reached its first decade of existence. As a way of celebrating this, the Art Nouveau European Route - the association of cities and other local institutions for the promotion and diffusion of Art Nouveau heritage that created the magazine - organised a magnificent international congress as a framework for scientific exchange and raising public awareness.
Visitors can enjoy a game for the entire family in the museum this summer and until October as part of its “Portrait of Barcelona” exhibition, a temporary display of the museum’s photographic collection, which is being shown to the public for the first time, alongside a short documentary on the social and cultural life of Barcelona during the last century.
The most recent additions to the new discount book of the Barcelona Modernisme Route are Casa Lleó Morera (passeig de Gràcia, 35), Torre Bellesguard (Bellesguard, 20) and Park Güell (Olot, s/n) in Barcelona and Masia Freixa in Terrassa. These bodies became members of the Route following the signing of an agreement and now offer a discount on the entrance price to their buildings. This means that on purchasing the Route Guidebook you can now receive a discounted price on visiting twenty four Modernista works in Barcelona and eleven outside the city, in addition to enjoying the information in this carefully compiled Guidebook, the most comprehensive on Barcelona Modernisme.
See section on “Discounts of the Route (opening times, prices and information)”.
The main floor of Casa Amatller (Passeig de Gràcia, 41) officially opened to the public for tours on 13 March 2015. Casa Amatller was designed by the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch when he remodelled a pre-existing building for the chocolate manufacturer Antoni Amatller between 1898 and 1900 and is one of the three unique works comprising Barcelona’s emblematic Mansana de la Discòrdia (Block of Discord), alongside Casa Lleó Morera and Casa Batlló. A five-year-long process of restoration and rehabilitation work has recovered the building’s original interior thanks to the aid of old photographs that have survived over the years.
The tour includes various areas of the apartment, such as the main living room, with its spectacular fireplace, the bedroom of the owner’s daughter, Teresa Amatller, and the music room and also includes the original furniture by cabinetmaker and decorator Gaspar Homar.
On 8 March 2015, International Women’s Day, Palau Güell will pay tribute to female Modernista composers with a concert by the soprano Maria Teresa Garrigosa, tenor Jordi Cortada and pianist Manuel Ruiz in the stunning setting of Antoni Gaudí’s work, located at Nou de la Rambla, 3-5, Barcelona.
Organised by the Réseau Art Nouveau Network with the support of the European Commission
Until 6 January you can visit the international exhibition “The Nature of Art Nouveau” at the Disseny Hub Barcelona building, at pl. de les Glòries Catalanes, 37–38.
This exhibition offers art enthusiasts and the general public an original appraisal of the Art Nouveau style and its relation to nature. This is a free show, presented in Catalan and English. The exhibition is complemented by the book A Strange World: Hybridisation in Art Nouveau and Symbolism and an activity booklet for kids from 6 to 11 years old.
Antoni Gaudí’s Palau Güell has opened its rooftop for the first time in the evening with live jazz concerts and a glass of cava.
On four Thursdays you will be able to enjoy the sunset from the building’s iconic rooftop, filled with the magical chimneys that Gaudí designed using the Catalan trencadís (broken tile) technique.
The sea was one of the recurring themes, perhaps the favourite, of his painting. Joaquín Sorolla has an idyll with the sea, perhaps because in spite of having been born in Valencia, he spent most of his life in Madrid. This exhibition displays a series of sea scenes that enable us to look into the artist and see how he paints nature and uses colour. It is undoubtedly an exhibition full of mastery that speaks of his great nostalgia for the sea of his childhood.
The 19th- and 20th-century gallery rooms at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) will be closed to the public from 1 April 2014 to undergo a period of museum refurbishment work that will culminate with a new look presentation for the works by the end of September.
Between 30 May and 1 June 2014, Cor Eixample (Trade and Professional Association for the Right Side of the Eixample) and Barcelona City Council are holding the 10th Barcelona Modernista Fair.
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The Museum of Catalan Modernisme (MMCAT) will begin its Music at the Museum: Spring - Summer 2014 season on 26 April this year. MMCAT will be presenting a total of six concerts for the season between April and September.
Casa Vicens, located in Carrer de les Carolines in Barcelona´s Gràcia district, ??will open its doors to the public in 2016. The major Andorran banking firm MoraBanc recently purchased the building and plans to turn it into a house-museum after its restoration.
Casa Vicens was the first important commission that Antoni Gaudí i Cornet received in 1883, shortly after completing his architectural studies. The opening of the building, declared a National Heritage Cultural Site, will mark the recovery of another Modernista gem for the city of Barcelona.
From 2 April 2014, with the purchase of the Barcelona Modernisme Route Guidebook (€12) you will receive the Route’s new discount voucher booklet, which includes a 50% discount voucher to visit the Cercle Artístic de Sant Lluc (Mercaders, 42, Barcelona). Guided tours, including breakfast, are held every Wednesday or on other days by reservation, allowing you to see and experience first-hand the artistic atmosphere that can still be found at this art centre today, operational since the Modernista era. The voucher booklet includes twenty-two discounts for visiting organisations and buildings in Barcelona containing Modernista heritage and ten outside the city - see the “Discounts of the Route (opening times, prices and information)” section.
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To mark the 10th anniversary of the conversion of the iconic Modernist building -Casa Fuster, by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner 1908-, into a Hotel, the Galaxó Restaurant pays tribute to the chefs of that time and the social, cultural and artistic movement that marked the origin and identity of Casa Fuster.
For this reason we have created a modernist menu which offers a cuisine based on classic recipes, with updated technique and presentation, which maintains the original base and soul of the dishes.
The reopening of the Domènech i Montaner site allow people to enjoy the results of its rehabilitation process of this unique complex. Free tours of the most representative spaces of the Modernista complex are available until 16 March 2014 from 11am in the morning to 6pm in the afternoon, highlights of which include the Administration Pavilion, the Sant Rafael Pavilion and the Sant Jordi Pavilion, together with the site’s outdoor areas.
Entrance to the Modernista complex is through the main gate of the Administration Pavilion, located at the intersection of Sant Antoni Maria Claret and Cartagena.
For more information: www.santpaubarcelona.org
The search for beauty, utility and comfort and a certain element of exhibitionistic luxury are essentials of Modernism, as found in the interiors of bourgeois housing.
Together with architects, carpenter-decorators became a fashionable profession, receiving commissions from the bourgeois and concerning themselves with the furniture design and decoration of the houses; a reflection of the tastes of the time and the new way of living. Gaspar Homar and Joan Busquets are two outstanding examples of this profession. The Museu Nacional d´Art de Catalunya holds a notable range their work, both projects and furniture.
From 11.06.2013 to 30.03.2014.
The company that owns Casa Lleó i Morera (Passeig de Gràcia, 35), Núñez i Navarro, has reopened this Modernista building by Lluís Domènech i Montaner to the public. Previously reserved guided tours began on 20 January 2014 from Monday to Saturday in Catalan, Spanish and English. As well as informing visitors about the history of the building and the family that lived there, the tours also allow them to admire the rooms located on the main floor, which still preserve the work of the artists and artisans who decorated them, such as mosaics, ceramics, stained glass, sculptures or coffered ceilings. The last time the building was open to the public with guided tours was from 1997 to 1999, when it housed the main offices of the Barcelona Modernisme Route’s information centre.
Further information: www.casalleomorera.com
This exhibition has been curated by the Cerdanyola Art Museum, drawing from its collection of engravings, and toured by the Barcelona Provincial Council. The show brings together an outstanding series of engravings by the artist Ismael Smith in a style combining Modernisme, Noucentisme and Art Deco. It is completed by a series of bookplates and story illustrations and expanded by a selection of Goya engravings that influenced Smith, as well as some pieces showing the friendship and special connection between Smith and Mataró artist Marià Andreu.
El Carreró, 17-19, 08301 Mataró
Tel: 937 58 24 01
From 19 September to 1 November 2013
The Canet de Mar Town Council has organised this exhibition, running between 12 September and 21 April 2013, in the Lluís Domènech i Montaner House-Museum, where the architect had his studio and summer home. Its aim is to provide information on the links between this Modernista artist and the Maresme town, where he left a part of his work.
For more information:
Lluís Domènech i Montaner House-Museum
Tel: 937 954 615
The Palau and the Orfeó Català promote Catalan culture in aid of their community project.
On Sunday, 30th June 2013, from 10am to 3pm, the Palau de la Música Catalana will be holding its traditional Open Day, part of the neighbourhood festival of Sant Pere, Santa Caterina and La Ribera, and featuring free performances by different choirs in the concert auditorium every 30 minutes.
You can now view all the papers presented to the coupDefouet International Congress, comprising its provisional programme in 6 theme strands. These lists will be periodically updated as each paper becomes confirmed, and their corresponding downloadable abstracts posted online.
The first international congress fully devoted to the Art Nouveau style will be held in Barcelona from 26 to 29 June 2013. This congress, an activity of the Art Nouveau European Route association, is organised by the Barcelona City Council on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Art Nouveau magazine coupDefouet.
As part of its various activities, the Fundació Antoni Tàpies has organised three guided tours in early 2013 related to the history of its headquarters, the Modernista building designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner between 1880 and 1882.
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The Beltrí Commission 2012, in charge of organising the acts for the 150th anniversary of the birth of Victor Beltrí Roqueta, the architect who brought Modernisme to Cartagena and the Region of Murcia, inaugurated an exhibition of his work on 13 December 2012. The display presents his most important buildings using a multitude of details, unpublished information and hitherto unknown photographs, and also includes aspects of his life that have been unrevealed until now.
To celebrate the centenary of finishing works on Casa Milà, 1906-1912, popularly known as La Pedrera (The Quarry), which was the project of architect Antoni Gaudí i Cornet, Fundació CatalunyaCaixa is presenting “Other Pedreres”.
Art Nouveau: the First International Modern Style. A broad look at the different Art Nouveau styles around the world, which explains how each region or city created its own style based on its local tradition, reinterpreting it through a cosmopolitan viewpoint. Delivered by Paul Greenhalgh, Professor of Modern Art at the University of East Anglia and Director of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.
Conference in English, with simultaneous interpreting into Catalan and sign language.
19 November 2012, at 7 pm. Auditorium of La Pedrera, passeig de Gràcia, 92 (metro: Diagonal). Free entrance, booking not required. Limited seating.
At this event, the coupDefouet International Congress will also be introduced. This is a specialised congress on Modernisme-Art Nouveau to be held in Barcelona in June 2013.
Tibidabo’s mythical Tramvia Blau (Blue Tram), one of the 116 points in the Modernisme Route of Barcelona, will begin services again on 22 September, after a reorganisation of the service following an incident on 22 August. To celebrate the recommencement of the service, the discount offered by the Modernisme Route has changed: it will now consist of a 25% discount on the price of a single ticket. In addition, the times of the service will also vary, as indicated in the “Discounts of the Route (opening times, prices and information)” “Tramvia Blau” section of this website. The Tramvia Blau is the most beautiful and relaxed way to reach the mountain of Tibidabo and brings visitors closer to its amusement park (which also has a Modernisme Route discount), passing by stately residences designed by various Modernista architects.
Discover Barcelona Modernisme this August with an exclusive one-time-only offer, courtesy of the Barcelona Modernisme Route and the Barcelona Hotel Guild. As customer of one of the best quality hotels in town, you shall be entitled to a special 50% off flat-rate discount to visit our most fascinating Art Noveau buildings.
The Art Nouveau European Route is organising the 1st coupDefouet International Congress, to be held in Barcelona in June 2013.
The main strands of the Congress, still to be clearly defined by the Scientific Committee featured in the image below, will be on the following topics:
•The city as the powerhouse of Art Nouveau
creativity main strand)
•The historiography of Art Nouveau
•Future challenges for Art Nouveau heritage
The call for papers will be open from February 2012. Please take note of all updates on this and other procedures that will appear in the website Art Nouveau European Route www.artnouveau.eu.
On 1, 2 and 3 June 2012, Cor Eixample—Trade and Professional Association for the Right Side of the Eixample—and the Institut del Paisatge Urbà—Barcelona City Council—are organising the eighth Barcelona Modernista Fair.
As in other years, the fair will be located on carrer Girona—between av. Diagonal and carrer d’Aragó—with leisure and cultural activities for young people, adults and the little ones. Among other activities, visitors can enjoy kids’ games, shows, workshops, a museum displaying period cars, an old train, conferences on Modernisme, a family-orientated bike tour, street entertainment and many other surprises. Other towns and organisations which also share a relationship with Modernisme will be attending, as well as a stand offering information and selling products related to Barcelona’s Ruta del Modernisme.
Furthermore, whoever comes dressed in an Art Nouveau period style will receive a gift photo of themselves and go into the draw for a trip, among other prizes.
For more information: The Centre del Modernisme tel. +34 933 177 652 or Cor Eixample tel. +34 934 871 243.
From February 2012, visitors can enjoy guided tours of the building housing the Hotel Espanya (Sant Pau 9-11, Barcelona), opened in 1859 and renovated in 1903 by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. Once again, such gems as the Saló de les Sirenes (Mermaids Room), with paintings attributed to Ramon Casas, or the alabaster fireplace by Eusebi Arnau, among others, will be on view for the general public.
The Hotel Espanya is part of the Barcelona Modernisme Route and the Let’s Go Out guide, listing a selection of Modernista bars and restaurants located mainly in Barcelona, but also in Catalonia (on sale in all Modernisme Centres).
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The Historical Conclave of the Hospital de Sant Pau is hosting a new exhibition covering some of the most important historical moments of the construction of the Modernista complex. It also focuses on the restoration project which is currently underway. You can visit the exhibition by following the guided routes of “Sant Pau en obres” (Saint Paul Under Construction) which are offered every morning from Monday to Sunday.
From 11 July 2011, the guided tours of the Modernista complex of Hospital Sant Pau will also include a section of the tunnels built by Domènech i Montaner that linked together the various Modernista pavilions that formed part of the hospital premises. With this new addition, the tour’s itinerary will now include the renovated Sant Jordi Pavilion, which houses an exhibition on the past, present and future of the institution, the hospital church, Sant Rafael Pavilion and a section of the aforementioned tunnels, as well as a stroll through part of the complex’s former gardens. The tours are guided and all visitors must wear a reflective helmet and vest, which are provided to each visitor at the beginning of the tour.
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On 3, 4 and 5 June 2011, Cor Eixample—Trade and Professional Association for the Right Side of the Eixample—and the Institut Municipal del Paisatge Urbà—Barcelona City Council—are organising the seventh Barcelona Modernista Fair.
On 25 March, coinciding with celebrations for its first anniversary, the Museu del Modernisme Català (Museum of Catalan Modernisme, Balmes, 48, Barcelona) will present its new permanent collection.
The museum is partially renewing its collection with sixty new works, half of which form part of the museum's stored works, which up until now have not been shown to the public. The other half are recent acquisitions and donations of the grand masters of Catalan Modernisme. www.mmcat.cat
A photographic exhibition on the work of three great European Art Nouveau architects can be seen in the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia from 23 January to 28 February 2011: Victor Horta (Brussels), Antoni Gaudí (Barcelona) and Ödön Lechner (Budapest). Entrance is completely free and there are no time limits, because the exhibition can be found outdoors on the fencing that encloses the perimeter of the Basilica located on Carrer Provença. The initiative has been organised by the Hungarian Embassy in Madrid, Consulate General of Hungary in Barcelona and Basilica of the Sagrada Familia.
Over the next few months, Barcelona City Council will be carrying out works aimed at improving the facilities in the Park Güell. Specifically, the work will consist of repairs to the surrounding wall and railings, installation of new lighting, and increased safety measures, with new handrails and barriers. Picnic areas and children’s playgrounds will also be provided.
The times for guided tours of the Modernista complex of Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau changed from 1 July 2010, with considerably longer duration. The tours show visitors this World Heritage Monument and the restoration work currently being done to return this work to the splendour that Lluís Domènech i Montaner had imagined. The tours include the interior of several buildings, landscaped grounds, magnificent meeting room and an exhibition on the past and the future of this 600-year old Barcelona institution. The duration of each tour is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
The new times are:
Monday to Sunday
On 28, 29 and 30 May 2010, Cor Eixample, the Association of Retail Traders and Professionals of the Right Eixample district, and the Municipal Urban Landscape Institute of the Barcelona City Council are holding the Sixth Modernista Festival of Barcelona.
The historical Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau will be holding Open Days on 24 and 25 April 2010. Cultural and recreational events for young and old alike will be organised by the Hospital Foundation — with the support of Barcelona City Council — in order to show the public the rehabilitation and refurbishing work being carried out in the pavilions of this World Heritage Site designed by architect Domènech i Montaner. A jewel of Modernista architecture, with sculptures and mosaics by artists of the stature of Pablo Gargallo, Mario Maragliano and Eusebi Arnau, the hospital complex is considered one of the best examples of Modernisme in the world, and the current work is restoring it to its former state, as conceived by Domènech.
The Minister for Innovation, Universities and Enterprise for the Catalan Generalitat Government, Josep Huguet, inaugurated the new information centre of the Colònia Güell on Sunday, 18 October 2009, coinciding with the IX edition of the Colònia’s Modernista Festival.
The Cerdanyola Art Museum was opened on 10 September 2009 in the Can Domènech Modernista building designed by the architect Gaietà Buïgas, with later additions and changes by his nephew Eduard Maria Balcells, who in his dayincorporatedsome outstanding stained glass windows into the building that have now been restored. In order to house the museum, the Cerdanyola City Council carried out restoration work on the Modernista building, which was almost in ruins, between 2004 and 2009. This intervention involved the reconstruction of its façade, the restoration of Balcells’ stained glass windows and adapting the building to be able to function as a museum.
A must for lovers of Art Nouveau architecture and culture is this charming festival, which is celebrated in Bad Nauheim in September every year. The 2009 is themed “Jugendstil moves Bad Nauheim” and will take place from 5-13 September 2009.
List of prize-winners of the draw Vine vestit d’època a la Fira (Come to the Fair in period dress). See whether you’re going to Germany!
The Fifth Barcelona Modernista Fair, organised by CorEixample and Barcelona Council’s Urban Landscape Institute, was held in Carrer Girona, between the Diagonal and Carrer València, on 22, 23 and 24 May with a lot of participation by the public in all the activities. Click on this news item to read a report and see images of the Fair and all the activities.
On 30 June 2009, the mayor of Girona and president of the Rafael Masó Foundation, Anna Pagans, and the chief executive officer of Barcelona City Council’s Institute of Urban Landscape and Quality of Life, Antoni Sorolla, signed an agreement for Girona City Council and the Rafael Masó Foundation to join the Art Nouveau European Route - Ruta Europea del Modernisme.
Since May 2009, Sant Feliu de Llobregat has its Modernista Route, for which more than 20 buildings and groups of buildings have been selected, of which those designed by the architects Gabriel Borrell, Josep M. Jujol and Antoni Coll are of special note. The route follows the line of the Expansion Plan drawn up in 1902 by Gabriel Borrell, who was the municipal architect at that time. The Route is therefore particularly interesting because of the location of the buildings within the newly enlarged section of the town.
On 22, 23 and 24 May 2009, Cor Eixample, the Association of Retail Traders and Professionals of the Right Eixample district, and the Municipal Urban Landscape Institute of the Barcelona City Council are holding the fifth Modernista Festival of Barcelona.
On 20 October the Francisco Godia Foundation, dedicated to the Barcelona entrepreneur, collector and racing driver of the same name (1921-1990), opened its new headquarters in the former Casa Garriga Nogués (1899-1905) at Carrer Diputació 250, a Modernista work by the architect Enric Sagnier. To celebrate the occasion, the Foundation is holding a temporary exhibition of a large part of its private collection, with a total of 260 works of mediaeval, Baroque and 19th-20th century art, including Modernista works, and a montage consisting of a selection of ceramics from several production centres throughout the Iberian Peninsula. The Foundation plans to offer a permanent exhibition, and also two temporary exhibitions a year with material from private collections.
The documentary Art Nouveau and Society (Modernisme i Societat in the Catalan version) was given its Barcelona premiere on 22 October 2008 at Hotel Casa Fuster and will be shown in the hotel’s carriage entrance until 22 November. Art Nouveau and Society was produced by the Réseau Art Noveau Network -of which Barcelona City Council is a founder member- with the support of the European Union’s Culture 2000 programme.
In 2008, Casa Fuster (1908-1911; Passeig de Gràcia, 132) by the Modernista architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, which now houses Hotel Casa Fuster, is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the start of work on its construction.
Esplugues de Llobregat Town Council is inaugurating this exhibition which will be open to the public in the local Pare Miquel library from 22 October to 23 November. As a town that was in the forefront of Modernista ceramic production, Esplugues is part of these nine Modernista routes organised by Barcelona Provincial Council’s Network of Municipalities and, in particular, the one entitled El Baix Llobregat: de Gaudí al Modernisme popular (El Baix Llobregat: from Gaudí to Popular Modernisme) together with Sant Joan Despí.
On 17, 18 and 19 October 2008, Associació La Colònia Modernista and Santa Coloma de Cervelló Town Council, are again staging the Modernisme Festival which will include various activities to do with the municipality’s heritage. On these days the public will be able to visit the grounds of the industrial village’s old textile mill and the house of the village’s owner and founder, the industrialist and patron Eusebi Güell. Other attractions include an exhibition about Gaudí, a Modernista fair with a variety of stalls, on Saturday and Sunday morning, and a lot of people in period dress re-creating the Modernisme years.
On 12 and 13 September 2008, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., you will be able to enjoy two open days at Finca Sansalvador, designed by the architect Jujol, giving everyone the chance to see the restoration work that has been carried out on it and discover the artificial caves excavated inside it in the early 20th century.
Passeig de la Mare de Déu del Coll, 79
Friday 12th, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday 13th, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
On 23, 24 and 25 May 2007, Cor Eixample, the Association of Retail Traders and Professionals of the Right Eixample district, and the Municipal Urban Landscape Institute of the Barcelona City Council are holding the fourth Modernista Festival of Barcelona.
Palau Güell was partly opened to the public again last February, after being closed for restoration in late 2004. The partial visit is free and takes in the main façade (which has recovered its original appearance), the ground floor and the stables.
A Gallery of Creators is a small encyclopaedia of the leading figures who created Modernisme in Barcelona. Architects, painters, sculptors, writers, cabinet makers, graphic artists, and also developers, patrons, financiers, etc., all of them people who, through their efforts and with their passion for creating a “new art”, were responsible for Barcelona’s being regarded today as the world capital of Modernisme.
The Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Former Montaner i Simón Editor’s project of Lluís Domènech i Montaner (1881-1886), will be closed for renovation work during the first half of 2008. The renovation will adapt the building to comply with new safety and evacuation regulations and meet the needs of individuals with reduced mobility. It also plans to remodel the entrance of the museum in order to improve the current bookshop and reception areas.
During this period of closure, the Fundació Antoni Tàpies will present some exhibitions and series of activities in other institutions.
The Palau de la Música concert hall was commissioned by the Orfeó Català choral society in 1904 from the Art-Nouveau architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. The foundation stone for the building was laid on Saint George’s day in 1905, and the hall was officially opened on 9 February 1908. The centenary celebrations will be launched on its hundredth birthday, over the weekend of 9-10 February 2008. The Orfeó society has been busy making the building ready for this occasion by refurbishing the concert hall and renovating its seating, as well as restoring the outside walls.
The Gaudí Centre was opened to visitors on 27 June 2007, and is a place for interpreting the work of architect Antoni Gaudí. Through interactive displays, projects, designs, personal objects and items, visitors can better understand the work and the life of the brilliant architect. A visit to the centre takes about two hours and there are audio guides available in several languages. The Reus Tourist Office is now located on the ground floor of the building. Moreover, with the Gaudí Centre, Reus is contributing to its Modernism Route. (Click on the news item for more information).
Actor and film director Woody Allen visited the Church of the Holy Family on 12 June during his search for locations for his next movie, which will be shot in Barcelona and Oviedo. The film will narrate the experiences of a tourist from the United States visiting the city. This will not be the first time that Modernism has been used as a set in a cinema production, for example, the Casas Ramos houses, in plaza de Lesseps, where Pedro Almodóvar filmed scenes in the movie Todo sobre mi madre (All about my mother).
The 422 boxes were found by a team of researchers from the Arxiu Nacional de Catalunya (Catalonian National Archive) on 16/11/2006, when they were working at the modernist designer and architect’s house. He designed, Casa Amatller, the Palau del Baró de Quadras and Casa de les Punxes and other buildings. The documents have been acquired by the Autonomous Government of Catalonia for 1.4 million euros. This purchase guarantees public ownership of the material, which will soon be made available to researchers from the Catalonian National Archive.
On 18, 19 and 20 May 2007, Cor Eixample, the Association of Retail Traders and Professionals of the Right Eixample district, and the Municipal Urban Landscape Institute of the Barcelona City Council are holding the third Modernista Festival of Barcelona.
After General Primo de Rivera’s coup d’état, Josep Puig i Cadafalch hid a series of documents belonging to the Region of Catalonia, of which he was President, to safeguard them from the dictatorship. In July 2006, these documents, together with several architectural drawings and projects, were discovered by chance when a historical search was organised at his home in calle Provença, 231 in Barcelona.
The Let’s go out guide of the Barcelona Modernisme Route invites you to discover the city’s heritage whilst having a pleasant time in fourteen establishments that preserve their original beauty after a hundred years.
On 4, 5 and 6 May 2006, Cor Eixample, the Association of Retail Traders and Professionals of the Right Eixample district, and the Municipal Urban Landscape Institute of the Barcelona City Council are holding the second Modernista Festival of Barcelona.