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“Art is made by people and intended for people. That’s why art has
to be rational”
Issue 31, November 2004
- 1. HIGHLIGHTS
- NEW ITEMS ON THE WEB
- GAUDINIAN NEWS
- GAUDINIAN AGENDA
- CAN YOU HELP US WITH YOUR FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION?
- VISIT OUR ONLINE SHOP
- BOOKS FOR YOUR LIBRARY
- GAUDÍ TODAY
- GAUDÍ TOURS – TRAVEL WITH US
- GAUDÍ INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS
- BARCELONA’S HEARTBEAT
- LINKS OF INTEREST
1. HIGHLIGHTS: CHRISTMAS LOTTERY
- Christmas Lottery nº 2 5 6 5 2
Do you know Antoni Gaudí’s date of birth? He was born a little more
than 152 years ago, on June 25th1852 in the morning.
The Gaudí & Barcelona Club has played with this date and proposes
you to participate in the Christmas Lottery with the number
2 5 6 5 2
Did you notice it is palindrome?
Share with us the illusion that we will win El Gordo! If we all desire it hard
enough, we will certainly do so! WHAT AN AMAZING PRIZES!!
Lottery Prizes nr. 2 5 6 5 2
If we win El Gordo
de Navidad …
1 Participation 5 euro
Gordo = 50.000 euro
1 Participation 5 euro
Gordo = 8.319.300 old pesetas
1 Participation 5 euro
Gordo = 62.869 $ US
The Extraordinary Christmas Raffle will be celebrated next December 22nd 2004.
We provide you with participations of 5 euro + donation of 1 euro = 6 euro.
As a guarantee, the tenths are deposited at the bank “Caixa d'Estalvis de
All the participations are numbered and emitted in the name of the buyer.
We will send your participations in your own name by e-mail or fax.
Acquire your participations in our
2. NEW ITEMS ON THE WEB
- THE SALA MERCÈ (1904-1913), PIONEER IN THE CINEMATOGRAPHY
The "Sala Mercè" was inaugurated on November 4th 1904 in Barcelona.
Lluís Graner, the promoter of the spectacle and projection hall,
had assigned the project to Antoni Gaudí. The hall has had a
short but intense life and has contributed to generate a cinematographic
audience. The ambitious and innovative spectacles on its program were
complemented with a view to the subterranean, which Gaudí had
transformed into a cavern hiding surprises and amazing things.
3. GAUDINIAN NEWS
- ABSOLUTE PREMIERE OF THE
On November 3rd, the Gran Teatro del Liceo of Barcelona has
put into premiere the opera “Gaudí” by the
contemporary composer Joan Guinjoan. The opera is produced by
the Coliseum of Barcelona and written and sung in Catalan. Its
absolute premiere takes place 12 years after its assignment and
shows us the evolution of the architect’s process of creation
which is characterized by his profound spirituality.
The Association Gaudí & Barcelona Club, which most important
aspiration is to share the work and life of the great architect with
the world, has done several attempts to obtain some kind of benefit
for its members and people interested in attending the opera. Unfortunately,
our efforts have been in vain, but in case you have the time, we recommend
you to go and see it.
Please, don’t hesitate letting us know your opinion: firstname.lastname@example.org
- THE TEATRO METROPOL OF TARRAGONA
WILL HOST JUJOL’S NEW ARCHIVE
The Council of Tarragona and the family of Josep Maria Jujol have
signed an agreement so as to found a new archive/museum with documentation
and material of the architect and collaborator of Antoni Gaudí.
The collection will gather drawings, plans, furniture and other materials
that are currently possessed by Jujuol’s family and the College
of Architects of Catalonia.
The categorization of the entire documental collection is now been
worked on. As from the end of this year or the beginning of 2005, it
will be located temporarily in the outbuildings of the municipal archive
of Tarragona. In a second phase, it is foreseen that the archive/museum
will occupy definitely the second and third floor of the Teatro Metropol
made by Jujol himself. There will also be space for temporal exhibitions.
The archive will be administrated by a foundation with the participation
of the University Rovira i Virgili of Tarragona, the College of Architects
of Catalonia and through its delegations, the city’s Council
o and family Jujol.
More information about Josep
- CONGRESS TRADITION AND MODERNITY:
CERAMICS IN MODERNISM
IX Annual Congress of the Association of Ceramics
This congress has been hosted by the “Casal de Cultura
Robert Brillas” of Esplugues de Llobregat October 29th
till 31st 2004. It was presented as a “platform where one
can debate ideas and interchange knowledge and open to all experts
and interested people in the field of ceramics”. This year’s
edition was dedicated to the existing associations between ceramics
The city of Esplugues has the privilege to host the
ovens and other movable property of Pujol i Bausis’s
antic ceramics factory, one of the most important industrial
ceramics production centers of Modernism and habitual
providers of Gaudí.
- CLOSURE OF THE EXHIBITION “GAUDÍ Y
MOMPOU, EL SONIDO DE LA LUZ” IN COLOMBIA
The Museum of Bogotá has hosted from October 1st till 31st
2004, the exhibition “Gaudí y Mompou, el sonido de la
luz”. It’s about a multidisciplinary experience which integrated
a series of large format pictures -“Gaudí, el maestro
de la luz”-, a piano concert with digitally treated images -“Mompou,
el sonido del silencio”- as well as a conference cycle-workshop
about the symbolism and spirituality present in the works of the architect
Antoni Gaudí and the musician Frederic Mompou.
The last conference of the cycle took place on October 29th. Under
the title “El pensamiento de Gaudí, una clave para hacer
ciudad”, the architect and member of the Gaudí & Barcelona
Club Diego Maldonado analyzed the few documents the architect has left
us - “Las Abejas”, “La casa Pairal”, “The
restoration of the Monastery of el Poblet”, “The Manuscript
of Reus” and “The Lamps of the Plaza Real” - as well
as his reflections collected by his collaborators. Supported by a projection
of pictures of the works of Gaudí, it was the conference’s
purpose to demonstrate Gaudí’s profound vision of the
city, the world and the cosmos.
- MODERNIST FIESTA IN COLONIA
The weekend from October 16th and 17th, the fourth edition
of the Modernist Fiestas was celebrated in Colonia Güell –Santa
Coloma de Cervelló-. An imaginary leap in time leaded
the entire colony into the beginning of the XX century. In the
morning, all the workers and habitants got up frightened. The
air was filth with some kind of nervousness: it was the day Eusebi
Güell, Don Eusebi, visited his colony.
The cloths were washed and with starch; the craftsmen worked hard
to finish their pieces; the housemaids ran around and discussed about
any detail; with his booming voice, the supervisor gave the last commands… And
finally Gaud´’s sponsor arrived, with his beard and his
coat, accompanied by his wife. He invited the visitors to a drink in
his farmstead. In the meanwhile, in another house a baptism was celebrated
and everybody was invited to chocolate and marzipan.
Our member and collaborator Jaume Mestres went to have a look at the fiesta
and took some
Did you go as well? Did you make some pictures? Please, don’t hesitate
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- INAUGURATION OF GAUDINIAN MONUMENT IN JAPAN
Our friend and architect Hiroya Tanaka, Japanese by birth
and Catalan by adoption, inaugurated last October 17th 2004 a
monument in the Japanese city of Ebetsu, known for its important
tile industry. The work, made with this construction material,
represents a vault of the “Cuatro Sillas de Montar” and
is known by the name “The Vault of Muguete”, because
of the typical flower of the province of Hokkaido where Ebetsu
The sculpture has a dimension of 4m x 4m x 4m.
Its structure is made of the tile of Ebetsu and it is covered
with Breda ceramic and Weber cement.
With this work, Tanaka explains he wanted to introduce a different
tile construction system which until now hadn’t reached
Japan: “Thanks to his investigation Gaudí and the
help the Catalan master filler Jordi Domenech and his Japanese
assistant Taniguchi Tatsuhei, Tanaka has been able to design
an organic geometry based on tiles”.
Tanaka got the assignment from Brickjam 2004 and the
Council of Ebetsu and he could reckon on the help of
5 volunteers who have worked for more than 12 days -
from October 4th til 16th 2004 - in order to raise the
monument. The monument is located in front of the Ceramic
Art Centre of Ebetsu.
4. GAUDINIAN AGENDA
THE SEARCH FOR SHAPE” IN NAPLES
The Castel dell’Ovo of Naples hosts until next January 9th 2005 the exhibition “Gaudí.
The search for shape”. This exhibition, which we could visit in Barcelona during
the International Gaudí Year 2002, pretends explaining by means of scale models,
corporal models, pictures and multi media resources the complex world of technical solutions
and construction formulas behind the architecture of Gaudí.
Exhibition “Gaudí. The search for shape”
September 28th 2004 – January 9th 2005
Porto Santa Lucia
- CALL TO ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE
GAUDÍ & BARCELONA CLUB
At every time and everywhere in the world it’s possible to organize an event related
to Gaudí, to create a building or a trencadis mosaic influenced by Gaudí’s
estheticism, to paint or to organize exhibitions, conferences, musicals or literary evenings… Do
you know, [[NOM]], whether there’s an event being celebrated in your city or country?
Let us know and you will help us to keep all our members informed. Become our correspondent
and send us every kind of information, program or pictures that seem to be interesting to you: firstname.lastname@example.org
Even your smallest collaboration or help means a lot to us. Thank you in advance.
5. CAN YOU HELP US WITH YOUR FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION?
We would like to express our gratitude to all the paying members for their financial
contribution. Thanks to your collaboration we can continue our association. We
encourage all the other members to become a paying
member right now.
One of the advantages of being a paying member is the discount of 8% you obtain
on all your purchases in our
shop. It’s a great opportunity if you’d like to give an original
present during these days!
6. VISIT OUR ONLINE SHOP
All the Gaudinian presents have their own personality and their quality is undoubtedly
In our shop online
you will a great selection of different articles, going from exclusive jewels to
decorative reproductions of the works of the genius architect Antoni Gaudí.
We recommend you to have a look at our shop. In case you have determined your Christmas
budget, you can consult our list
of articles by their price.
Please, don’t forget that some of our pieces are made according to traditional
methods, so it might take us some days to deliver them. We therefore recommend
you not to wait until the last moment.
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7. BOOKS FOR YOUR LIBRARY
PENSAMENT DE GAUDÍ
“The thinking of Gaudí”. New publication of the
Isidro Puig-Boada's book, which recapitulates exhaustively the ideas
and comments Gaudí expressed, mainly orally, to his friends
and collaborators. Discover the most human facet of the genius architect.
In Catalan only.
SAGRADA FAMILIA TEMPLE
New edition of this book, in a new format, dedicated to Gaudí’s
most spectacular work.
8. GAUDÍ TODAY
9. GAUDI TOURS – TRAVEL WITH US
Are you planning to travel to Barcelona? Count on our experience and let us help
you to organize an unforgettable
visit to the city which silhouette has been influenced by Gaudí’s
10. GAUDÍ INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS
It is our association’s purpose, in collaboration with many other Gaudinian
organizations, to realize an international meeting with the assistance of the most
important Gaudinian celebrities worldwide and in which architects, experts, artists
and admirers of the architect in general can debate and express their opinions
about this outstanding personality in history as well as his legacy.
In case you haven’t filled in our questionnaire yet, please spend some minutes to answer our
Together we will be able to design an appealing program which goes into interesting
and innovative questions about the life, the spirituality , the architecture, the
techniques and the influences of Gaudí.
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11. BARCELONA’S HEARTBEAT
The internationally recognized guitar player Manuel González, friend
and member of the Gaudí and Barcelona Club, has just inaugurated the
Festival “The Guitar and the Monuments” in Barcelona. González
has a thorough command of the instrument and lets us enjoy e.g. two works
of Joaquín Rodrigo, Francesc Tárrega and Isaac Albéniz
as well as some works of the most beautiful churches of the city.
The Festival programs 2 concerts a week as from November 11th until
the end of the year 2005. The main guideline through this cycle is
the guitar in all its facets: soloist guitar recitals, duets, trios,
quartets and quintets with different instruments as well as accompanied
Manuel González has been defined by critiques of the New York Times and
El País as "one of the best guitar players of our days". He has
performed among others in the Lincoln Centre, the headquarters of the United Nations
(New York), the Teatro Real de Madrid and the Palacio de la Música Catalana.
He has been recognized by numerous institutions and organizations.
Attention: The members of the Gaudí & Barcelona Club
get a discount of 50% if they buy their entrances at the ticket office.
Have a look at our latest cultural recommendations about “This
week’s specials” (Available only in Spanish)
12. LINKS OF INTEREST
Our member Pedro Uhart shows us his
website, where we can see some interesting pictures and a small text about
the most important works of Gaudí.
Article about the design
of Barcelona in the XX century. It gives a review from Gaudí’s
contributions until the Olympic Games in 1992.
THE CRYPTOGRAMM OF THE SAGRADA FAMILIA
In the Passion Façade of the Sagrada Familia Temple we find a
cryptogram. It’s about one of the most popular motives of this façade,
decorated by Josep M. Subirachs.
This enigmatic square of 16 numbers allows you to make more than
310 different combinations summing the numbers of four different
quads, always with the same result: 33, the age of Christ the moment
he died –which is the most important fact of the Passion-.
Summing the numbers in columns, rows, diagonals, summing the extremes… Can
you find all the combinations?
Gaudí was not very clear about what the sculpture covering of the
Passion Façade should look like. When Subirachs accepted the assignment
(1987), one of the conditions he posed is that he could apply his personal
style, in order to create no confusion with the original work of Gaudí and
to continue his own artistic career.
Subirachs’ cryptogram is based on the cryptogram made by the German
Renascent painter and geometric Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) in 1514 in
the engraving “Melancolia I”. His numbers sum 34, an
even number, much more difficult to obtain. You can see that, while in the
cryptogram of Subirachs two numbers are repeated, the one of Dürer contains
the numbers 1 until 16 without repetitions. Another curiosity: the numbers
14 and 15 in the center quads of the row below indicate the year of construction
of this magic square.
Josep Mª Subirachs’ website: www.subirachs.org
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We’d like to express our gratitude to Jaume Mestres for his admiration for
Gaudí and his disinterested disposition to photograph everything related
to the architect; to Diego Maldonado, for involving us in his conference in Bogotá;
to Hiroya Tanaka for showing us his monument; and to Pedro Uhart, for keeping us
posted about the progress of his website.
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