Modernisme. Arts, tallers, indústries

Art, Metalwork
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Cartelll Antiga Casa Franch, d'Alexandre de Riquer
©Col·lecció Marc Martí

The most spectacular samples of modernisme don't fit in this exhibition. That's why it's subtitled 'Arts, workshops, industries' (what we used to call 'decorative arts'). No, of course there are no buildings – or even scale models – no statues, no dining areas or whole bedrooms, and no delirious interiors that so very many Catalan homes boast. Catalan modernisme more or less took place in the last 15 years of the 19th century and the first 15 of the 20th. Its principal architects were Catalan extremists, and some, such as Puig i Cadafalch, had lofty political responsibilities. But this exhibition pays tribute to the workers, often with unimportant names, who built this formal delirium: labourers, blacksmiths, carpenters, plasterers, goldsmiths, tailors, ceramists, and designers of posters, tiles and furniture – an array so complete that it seems all that's missing are professionals dedicated to book arts.

This is intensive contents and hyper-documents inside the best of packaging: the main floor of La Pedrera. And a must-own catalogue.


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Hi! I'm from Barcelona and I would like to give my opinion about one of the wonders of this city. Modernism is a unique artistic and cultural movement in the world that is part of the history of this city and we can find to this day by wonderful artists such as Gaudí, among others. I leave here as a citizen not to visit Paseo de Gracia and all the landmarks as the quarry. And if they also do shows like this more reasons and fewer excuses not to be missed.