A word from Gaudi ...
“ The closed curve is the sense of limitation as the tangent is the expression
Issue 30, September 2004
- GAUDINIAN NEWS
- GAUDINIAN AGENDA
- OUR MEMBERS' CONTRIBUTIONS
- CAN YOU HELP US WITH YOUR FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION?
- GAUDÍ TOURS – TRAVEL WITH US
- LINKS OF INTEREST
- INTERNATIONAL GAUDÍ CONGRESS: DEFINITIVE DATES
The organization of the International Gaudí Congress Barcelona 2005 has
already become reality. Words are not enough to express our gratitude for the enthusiasm
with which many of our members have responded to our survey and the high amount
of comments and ideas that have reached us.
After studying the first 1.000 received surveys, we have come to the conclusion
that the best date to celebrate the congress is the first half of November 2005.
The Congress comes into being with an international vocation, where all architects,
art historians, artists and admirers of Gaudí can participate and have the
same possibilities to express themselves in total and absolute freedom. We want
the congress to be an inevitable rendezvous of Gaudinism, and we are working so
as to reach our goal to involucrate the most outstanding experts in these fields.
WHICH ARE THE CONGRESS AMBITIONS?
This congress, the first one that will be realized about Gaudí, ambitions
to discover his versatile persona in all its aspects: The man, artist, architect
and master behind Gaudí.
In all his actions he was constantly looking for perfection as a mirror of the
Creation. Perseverance, efforts, willpower and genius are only some of the qualifications
we can apply on this persona whose work provokes an irresistible attraction or
an authentic incomprehension.
His profound spirituality, his devotion towards Nature, his total dedication to
one work which he always constantly revises… But also his geometry, the way of
carrying out a building, the great works that characterize the silhouette of Barcelona,
the less know creations, the unrealized or lost projects… Everything Gaudí has
felt and lived in his 74 years of existence will find a place in our congress.
Besides, very well aware of Barcelona's enormous charm and convinced about the
innovating spirit of Gaudí, we pretend to give a prominent position to the
new architecture, because of the influences of Gaudí's works on the international
organic-digital avant-garde architecture.
We will also dedicate special attention to the bridge that makes it possible to
make the past present in the future: we refer to the conservation and restoration
of the patrimony.
So the congress is presented as a platform of reflection and knowledge which will
aspire to contain everything related to Gaudí, his life and his work.
At this moment the executive and scientific committees are being established and
meetings and interviews are held in order to communicate our project and to obtain
as much support as possible.
This is a large-scale project and we need everybody's help. Once more, we remind
you, that you can also be a protagonist and collaborate with us by diffusing
the project, bringing in participants, looking for sponsors, communicating
us your ideas…
We are making a list of collaborators and soon we will get in touch with all the
members that have proposed to participate. Please, let us know how you think you
can help us: email@example.com
Given the dimensions of this congress, the Gaudí & Barcelona Club has
the intention to contract an expert in gathering of funds and public relations:
Profile: Mature individual living in Barcelona, with great interpersonal
skills and proven experience in similar field. English, PC and internet skills
indispensable. Age or gender of no importance. Fixed remuneration and bonuses according
to the results. Guaranteed work for one year, probation period included. Possibility
to be subscribed to the Social Security system or to work as a freelance. Preferable
full time availability but other possibilities can be considered. Please, send
us your personal data and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
Besides this position, you're welcome to find us sponsorships or patronages. We
shall grant you a commission! Get in touch with us: email@example.com
In case you haven't filled in the survey yet just dedicate
a minute to it.
2. NOTICIAS GAUDINIANAS
- PARTICIPATION OF THE GAUDICLUB
IN THE FÒRUM BARCELONA 2004
Last August 23 rd , the Gaudí & Barcelona Club participated
in the Universal Forum of Cultures Barcelona 2004 with a demonstration
about Gaudí, the first recycler.
The association Gaudí & Barcelona Club participates in
the Forum 2004 presenting the innovating recycler's facet of Antoni
Gaudí and its current applications to protect the Environment
such as the Coconut Pith Fiber.
More than 200 people directly experienced the advantages of the Coconut
Pith Fiber in the Forum.
As a result of our press releases, which we have sent to more than
800 journalists all over the world, various media, magazines, radio
broadcasters and television transmitters, have showed interest for
the news and have asked for various interviews and more information.
- EXHIBITION OF THE CÁTEDRA
GAUDÍ IN MEXICO
Antoni Gaudí, artist of all times is the title of
the itinerant exhibition welcomed by Xalapa –Mexico- until last September
18th. The exhibition was inaugurated on July 8th, with the presence
of Juan Maldonado Pereda, secretary of Education and Culture of the
State of Veracruz; Leticia Perlasca, director of the Institute of Culture
of Veracruz; Araceli Priscione, director of the Painting Museum Diego
Rivera; Carlos Flores Marini, General Commissioner of the exhibition;
and Mario Andruet, architect of the Cátedra Gaudí of
the Polytechnic University of Barcelona.
- 125 th ANNIVERSARY OF JUJOL, WITHOUT
Last September 26 th , it was the 125 th anniversary of architect
and Gaudí's collaborator birth of Josep Maria Jujol in
Tarragona. It's a shame to admit that the anniversary has passed
by without being noticed. The Gaudí & Barcelona Club
we would like to rehabilitate the person of this great architect,
who has always stood in the shadow of Gaudí.
3. GAUDINIAN AGENDA
- EXHIBITION “DALÍ IN PARK
Last Tuesday September 28 th the exhibition “Dalí in
Park Güell” was inaugurated in the House-Museum Gaudí in
Park Güell. This exhibition commemorates the ceremony featured
by the surrealist painter in Park Güell on September 29
th 1956 . The exhibition goes on at the same time as the celebrations
of the “Mercè”, which is the Fiesta Mayor of Barcelona
Visiting hours of the House-Museum of Park Güell:
September: from 10 AM until 7.45 PM
From October to March from 10 AM until 5.45PM
- EXHIBITION: "ANTONI GAUDI.
In Germany, the city of Bremen hosts since last September 12 th the
first exhibition dedicated to Antoni Gaudí. 120 works coming
from the Cátedra Gaudí the Museum of Modern Art of Barcelona,
including furniture, fragments of mosaics, plans, scale models and
plaster models, conform this show which under the title “Antoni Gaudí.
Atmosphere lyrics” can be visited until December 12 th in the Museum
The exhibition is based on the influence of Gaudí in Germany
in general and, in particular on movements such as the design school
Bauhaus. The show is completed with a large program including conferences,
music evenings and the projection of four movies related with the architect.
The place where the exhibition is held is no coincidence: The German
painter, sculpture and architect Bernard Hoetger, admirer of Gaudí and
in whose work is marked with a notable Gaudinian influence, founded
in 1926 – year of the passing away of the architect- the Museum Paula
Modersohn-Becker. Hoetger had described Gaudí's work as ''chaotic
and bright, prosaic and sublime, sensual y mystic, modern and medieval''.
Exhibition “Antoni Gaudí. Atmosphere lyrics”
Kunstsammlungen Böttcherstraße / Museum Paula Modersohn-Becker
Böttcherstraße 6-10. Bremen. Germany
Until December 12 th 2004
From Tuesday until Sunday, from 11 Am until 6 PM
information (in Germany)
- COURSE ABOUT GAUDÍ AND
THE XIX CENTURY
The Real Cátedra Gaudí is organizing a class-room based
course about Gaudí and the XIX century which will start next
month of October at the address of the Cátedra in Barcelona.
Soon you will receive more information.
- “GAUDÍ” OPERA IN THE LICEO
Next month of November the première of the opera “Gaudí” by
the composer Joan Guinjoan and libretto of Josep Mª Carandell
will be held in the Gran Teatro del Liceo.
5. CONTRIBUCIONES DE NUESTROS SOCIOS
for Park Güell. This summer Francisco Javier Marco has
visited Barcelona. He explains us what he felt when he saw Park Güell.
This summer Maria
Teresa Segura visited the “Capricho” of Comillas. She shares with
us her experience as well as some
of her pictures.
Thanks a lot to both!!
6. CAN YOU HELP US WITH YOUR FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION?
Bravo for all those members who are already helping us with their financial contribution!!
We really thank you for this!
But to realize all our projects and to take the name of Gaudí to the whole
world and to dignify his persona, we also need your help.
As we have already told you in the last Gaudí News, we have various initiatives
going on and we still have some ideas en reserve. Therefore we need to increase
As a non-profit association, we assign all our funds to eulogizing the work and
life of Gaudí.
Your individual contribution of the members' quota of 40 euros a year will help
us to realize our projects.
Please collaborate with
We are constantly trying to do good to our members. We have got free invitations
to the Forum of Cultures during its last 4 days.
7. GAUDÍ TOURS – TRAVEL WITH US
NEW HELICOPTER FLIGHTS
We present new proposals to see Barcelona and the works of Gaudí from
Are you coming to Barcelona for some days? Would you like to give
an original and unforgettable present to you friend or relative?
Give him a helicopter flight!
Take your own air photographs of the city that hosted Gaudí and observe
its streets and buildings from the sky. This is a perfect
complement to know and understand Barcelona's character a little better.
8. LINKS OF INTEREST
QWould you like to see Gaudí's influences in Ireland? Our member and friend
John Hughes recommends the web site of a Gaudinian house with a door inspired on
the dragon of the door of the Finca Güell: www.harlechhouse.com .
John is one of the designers of the house.
What do you think of it?
In http://www.gaudiclub.com/ingles/i_vida/fincag.asp you
can see the original door of Gaudí.
GAUDÍ, GARDEN ARCHITECT AND RECYCLER
The facet of Gaudí as a devotee of Nature is known extremely well.
Perhaps not so well known is the fact that the architect can be considered
as one of the first conscious recyclers, as he reused all kind of materials
in his works.
The mosaic “trencadís” which decorates Park Güell and many other Gaudinian
edifices is basically made of broken glass plates which the architect took from
the ceramic manufactories, such as those from Pujol and Bausis.
Another example worthy to be mentioned was the currently celebrated Pedrera chimney,
which original adorn consists of pieces of cava bottles. In those days, the owners
of the house –family Milà- found the idea little worthy of their status
and it seems to be for this reason that there's only one chimney decorated in this
Besides, Gaudí was also what we call today a landscape gardener; it's to
say a landscape architect. His gardens of Park
Güell and of the Pobla de Lillet are a proof of how he took into account
the landscape when he was designing a work on commission.
Get to know more curiosities about the Pedrera and the article of our member de
Ricardo González, “The
Pedrera: Anecdotary of a building”
We sincerely express our gratitude to all those members who have responded to
our survey about the Gaudí Congress, and especially to those who gave us
their comments. Obviously, we are also thankful to those who have sent the questionnaire
to friends and acquaintances who may be interested in the congress.
We would also like to underline our great recognition towards all the people that
are helping us to realize the congress, which promises to be an event of great
dimensions and with great possibilities.
And last but not least, we would like to express our gratitude to Javier Marco,
Maria Teresa Segura and John Hughes for their pictures, texts and admiration they
feel towards Gaudí, and to all those members who comment us some aspects
of the Gaudí News and who encourage us in our task.
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