"Everything stems from the great book of Nature; Human attainments
are an already printed book"
On the occasion of the celebration of 150 anniversary of Gaudí's
birth, it gives us great pleasure to send the summer newsletter,
which since today will be called Gaudí News, and which we
expect to send more frequently. We will explain you all the acts
that are celebrating during this special year of Gaudí.
1. TO BE HIGHLIGHTED: Exhibition of Catedra Gaudí
at the Illa Diagonal
2. Work of art: The Wine Cellars Güell of Garraf
3. Our members' colaboration
4. Press articles
6. Gaudí's masterpieces visiting timetable
7. Gaudí Shop
8. Gaudí Specialised Library and Bookshop
9. Summer Schedule
1. TO BE HIGHLIGHTED: Exhibition
at the Illa Diagonal by Catedra Gaudí
Our club has convened an exhibition on Gaudí in the Illa
Diagonal Commercial Centre of Barcelona. The exhibition's aim
is to make Gaudí known to the general public while reviewing
all the facets of this gifted architect. Visitors will able to
admire models, original plans and drawings, pottery, various architectonic
elements, pieces of furniture as well as one of the bells that
will form part of the carillon of the Sagrada Familia Cathedral.
Everyone will have the opportunity to write his or her opinion
about the exhibition as well as on Gaudí in our guest book,
available at the exhibition site. In just one week over 200,000
visitors have managed to fill the book up. Let's go for the second
one! How many more will we need?
The reasons for such a success are easily spotted:
Many people visit the exhibition. Gaudí elicits people's
interest. So, will you visit it?
If you pass by Barcelona this summer, do not forget to drop by.
Given to the exhibition's favourable location it is foreseen that
around 800,000 visitors will see it. A real accomplishment indeed
that Gaudí surely deserves!
The exhibition will be open until August 22, at the Illa Diagonal
hall (545-565 Avenida Diagonal). The commercial centre is located
in the most important avenue of Barcelona, being the site of many
shops and boutiques. It is therefore one of the busiest shopping
centres in the city.
2. The Wine Cellars Güell of Garraf
The entrepreneur Eusebi Güell owned many estates in the
district of Garraf. In 1895 he entrusted the construction of some
wine cellars to Gaudí in order to store up the region's
production of wine. The building was constructed on a land whose
name used to be La Cuadra del Garraf, which used to be the ancient
location of a monastery.
More info at:
3. Our members' collaboration
If you wish to participate in our web remember you only need
to send us your photos, articles, slides, videos, etc., to info@Gaudíclub.com
telling us where you are from, what you like most about Gaudí
and which hobbies you have. Be sure that you'll be published.
The latest images we have received are about a relatively unknown
piece of work by Gaudí in the Catalan Pyrenees and a drawing
from an Argentinean artist:
- The Clot del Moro Chalet sent by David "Pomper"
- Portrait of Gaudí, by Marcelo Marchese
- Two photos of the Park Güell: from Claudio
Many thanks to both of you!
4. Press articles
- "The Spanish guitar and the romantic art". Series
of concerts by renowned musician Manuel González
- Opening ceremony of the International Gaudí Year 2002
- Opening ceremony of Gaudí Park in Alella
Presentation of the Mataró Cooperative Rehabilitation
Owing to the celebration of the Gaudí Year 2002 these
recent months have seen the proliferation of several web sites
dedicated to the architect:
Official web page of the Gaudí Year 2002 in Barcelona
Official web of the Gaudí Year 2002 in Reus
Official web of the Gaudí Year 2002 in Riudoms
Official web of the Gaudí Year 2002 in León
6. Gaudí's masterpieces
Among other activities, during the Gaudí Year it will
be possible to visit the majority of Gaudí's masterpieces
in Barcelona, including some of them normally closed to the public.
Not to miss any of them, you'll find a complete list of addresses,
timetables and prices here below.
7. Gaudí Shop
We have expanded our selection of Gaudí-related items
for you to present your relatives and friends with.
We also have a special offer on for company gifts just now. Invigorate
your business during the Gaudí Year 2002 by relating your
company's Christmas presents to the 150th anniversary of the illustrious
architect's birth and his masterpieces. Offer art and culture
as a feature of good taste!
Visit our shop on: http://www.gaudiclub.com/tenda/principal.asp?lang=ingles
8. Gaudí Specialised
Library and Bookshop
We have updated our library. We now have a browser to which you
can order whichever book you wish in almost all languages. During
this 150th anniversary 30 wonderful new books with plenty of colour
photographs have been published so far. Haven't you got one in
your bookcase yet? What are you waiting for to acquire one?
Just connect with:
9. Summer schedule - Gaudí
Celebration of the Gaudí Year 2002:
- EXHIBITION CATEDRA GAUDÍ. Open until the 22nd of August
at the Illa Diagonal. Av. Diagonal, 545-565.
- "MIRAR GAUDÍ" (Contemplating Gaudí).
A photographic exhibition by Ramon Manent's. Almost one hundred
top-quality photographs highlight the shapes, texture and colours
that unveil new aspects about the work of the talented architect
and its creative process. Scheduled until 1st September at the
Exhibition Hall of Casa Ametller, Paseo de Gracia 41 bajos, Barcelona.
Next to Casa Batlló.
- "IMPACTE GAUDÍ" (Impact Gaudí). An exhibition
on the impact of the architect on 40 Catalan artists of the XX
century. On until the 30th of September at the Centre d'Art Santa
Mònica, 7 Rambla de Santa Mònica, Barcelona.
- GUIDED TOURS BY NIGHT. The Museum of History of the city of
Barcelona undertakes a series of nightly activities based on guided
tours to different exhibitions topped by a goblet of champagne.
Every Monday and Tuesday night of July, the Museum opens its doors
to 120 people to let them enjoy to world of architect Antoni Gaudí
and poet Jacint Verdaguer.
- GAUDÍ XXI Century. The platforms and corridors of the
subway of Barcelona have been decked out with modernist features.
Travellers will be able to admire the work of different artists
inspired by the creations of the talented Catalan architect Antoni
Gaudí up until the end of this year. The subway takes visitors
up to the most characteristic buildings in town such as the Sagrada
Familia cathedral, the Pedrera and the Casa Batlló. These
structures, as reinterpreted by Josep Moscardó, Pilip Stanton
and Marc Jesus, are the main motives of Gaudí XXI century.
You can see them at the stops of Sagrada Familia (L2), Diagonal
(L5) and Paseo de Gracia (L3/L4). The latter station also offers
a permanent exhibition of the architect's original work. The three
stops together form the so-called "Gaudí Route"
(Circuito Gaudí). Ten complementary stops give an extra
support to the ensemble completing this temporary subterranean
Commemorative activities of the Year Gaudí
- Gaudí Coins. The Royal National Factory of Currency
and Stamps have joined the tribute paid to Gaudí by coining
a collection of silver and gold coins recalling five of the most
emblematic work of art by Gaudí: the Sagrada Familia, Casa
Batlló, the Pedrera, the Capricho and Park Güell.
The coins, bearing ancient metrics but current nominal value in
Euros, consist of one silver "cincuentín", one
gold eight-Escudo coin and three eight-Reale pieces.
- Christmas Lottery as tribute to Gaudí. The National
regulatory body for Gambling and Betting (Loterías y Apuestas
del Estado) too have joined in to celebrate Gaudí's birth.
They did so by dedicating the cover image of next Christmas Lottery
voucher to the memory of the architect. The draw will take place
on 22nd December this year. Shortly, our club will put up for
sale a participation to the voucher number 25652, the date of
birth of Gaudí.
We are already preparing the next issue of "Gaudí
News". You can help us to come up with a more interactive
Newsletter by sending in your collaborations and suggestions to
Intelligent Competition: "True or False"
On next September a new competition on Gaudí in which you'll
have to answer questions about the architect and his world will
start on our web site. Lush prizes are at stake!
After more than 50 years without setting foot in the Park Güell,
the estate gardener's son at the times of Gaudí revisited
the house where he lived for 15 years of his life. This intimate
act, full of sentiment, took place on last June 28 with the intention
to show the visitor Ramon Saumell, aged 93, his former home, now
the seat of the new Reception Centre of the Park.
Around thirty of RamonSaumell's family members accompanied him
during his visit. His nephew Quim told us something more about
Mr. Saumell and about the day he played the lead in:
"Ramon Saumell was born in 1910 in the house at the entrance
of the Park. In that dwelling there lived his parents, for his
father was the estate's gardener.
He lived there until 1956 (if I remember well) getting to know,
as it is to be supposed, all of the Park's spots. I suppose he
is one of the few people alive, if not the only one, to have met
He used to remark a peculiarity abut Gaudí's way of working,
who used to say to the "brickies" who were placing the
stones: "Throw the stone and let it lay where and how it
fell (we can imagine the effort of those men to keep the stones
where they fell, for in those years the concrete was not of the
Ramon Saumell has got a huge quantity of memories. He's a fit
man on the go that did not hesitate to explore the whole Park.
"He doesn't give you time to breathe, he's a machine"
said his nephew.
Keep on going, Ramon!
Thank you for staying with us; see you on the next Gaudí
We await your news; get ready to participate!
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