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"Gaudi's Universe: One of the Central Exhibitions of the Year of Gaudi"
2002-05-31 until 2002-09-08
Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona
Barcelona, , ES Spain

The Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona (CCCB) and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (MNCARS) are jointly preparing GAUDI UNIVERSE, one of the central exhibitions of the "YEAR OF GAUDI", commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of the great architect. The presentation of the exhibition in Barcelona has been made possible by a co-production agreement between the CCCB, the Department of Culture of the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government) and the Fundacion BBVA and the collaboration of El Periodico, Radio Barcelona and COPCISA.

Gaudí and art: this is the theme of an exhibition which presents a completely new, comprehensive angle on the work of this inspired architect. Like an exultant "maison d'artiste", Gaudí Universe takes us into the complex mental and aesthetic world of Gaudí, with the works which influenced him, such as those of Ruskin and the pre-Raphaelites, Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement, the Symbolists, Wagnerism, Violet-Le-Duc... But also from the viewpoint of those who shared the same working system, putting Gaudí's studio on a par with those of the great sculptors of the period, such as Rodin, Falguière or Camille Claudel, whose work is showcased side by side in the exhibition with the drawings, gouaches and sculptures of Gaudí, many of which have never before been shown.

And we also see the seed planted in later artists of Expressionism, Rationalism and Surrealism, from Finsterlin and Dalí to Le Corbusier and Schwitters, in a final part which explains to us the reasons behind his brilliant international success. Four hundred original works to bring us nearer to the personality of Gaudí, to help us to understand the key to his singularity, his way of working, of creating, of conceiving the world, of becoming a vital point of reference: a great exhibition to introduce us into the universe of Gaudí.

The exhibition, curated by Juan José Lahuerta is divided into three sections which will allow us to place and understand the distinctive methods shared by Gaudí and his contemporaries in a genuinely reciprocal movement: the influences on Gaudí and Gaudí’s influence on others.

These three sections are not developed in strict chronological order because, on the one hand, in Gaudí’s work everything is constant and repeated - from the most general themes to the most particular details- whilst, on the other hand, stylistic and biographical classifications are limited and, basically, have already been exhausted as a means of interpreting his work.

The exhibition will include original material of Gaudí himself as well as an extensive collection of work and material by other artists from the era in order to understand his work in the proper historical and cultural context.

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