The warrior, a reproduction of one of the twenty-eight ceramic fireplaces crowning and guarding the Casa MilÃ , La Pedrera, the singular modernist architectural triumph designed by the inimitable Antonio GaudÃ, welcomes us on a transcendent journey to Barcelona. No passport is required for this intimate and luxurious tour of the daring and inimitable architecture of the largest city in the autonomous community of Catalonia. Crafted by one of the sculptors who worked on GaudÃ’s illustrious minor basilica, the Sagrada Familia, this case opens up a world salvaging precious work lost in a workshop fire and compiles all of the original designs by the unrivaled Catalan Modernist master. A micro-cement finish and anti-graffiti varnishes intimate GaudÃ’s favorite architectural materials.
GaudÃ up close through ARTIKA is more than an opulent art book. Limited to 4,998 copies worldwide, each unique hand-crafted edition can be displayed in multiple ways as a mini gallery honoring the prolific career of the world-renowned artist. A pair of white gloves is slipped into the meticulous packaging, ensuring museum-quality handling of this magnificent range of art objects. RenÃ© from the ashes of an arson attack in 1936 at the Sagrada Familia, the art book recreates papers, plans and drawings that burned in his studio. As the Spanish Civil War raged, the revolutionaries lit the fire, wiping out the sacristy of the church and severely damaging the crypt. This magnificent collection follows more than a decade of research, documentation and examination of thousands of dispersed archives.
Here is the bilingual Spanish and English Art book (artist’s book), comprising 48 original drawings, each custom printed in its original size, as well as several small-format works and fragments of works that have been almost irreparably demolished. The large-format drawings represent the forms and designs that developed in GaudÃ’s imposing and awe-inspiring sui generis buildings. Feel the weight of the book bound with iron covers cut out with the letter G, opening to reveal cover pages stamped in a vivid relief that borrows from GaudÃ’s work of trencadÃs (or spade plate, mosaic of broken tiles), a tribute to two of the most coveted materials. A pioneer who focused on sustainability, GaudÃ recovered ceramic waste.
Dive deeper into GaudÃ’s work through Libro Studios (study book), learn from the best experts who reveal secrets, fascinating facts and new perspectives on the work of the master. Live another tactile experience by gently handling the embellished cover that brings us back to GaudÃ’s trencadÃs.
The architect Juan JosÃ© Lahuerta, director of the GaudÃ Chair, analyzes GaudÃ’s work as a student and presents GaudÃ and photography, a scholarly exploration of the designs executed at the Barcelona School of Architecture. Lahuerta guides us through GaudÃ’s formative relationship with drawing through a series of photographs. The art historian Joan Aicart informs us with his essay, GaudÃ and Mediterranean culture, highlighting the impact and influence of the artist’s birthplace in provincial Catalonia on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. The light and colors magnified in GaudÃ’s work are deeply rooted in his geography. Dr Mireia Freixa, Professor of Art History at the University of Barcelona and Director of the GRACMON University Research Group, helps us understand and interpret GaudÃ’s process and intention in Drawings, projects and models. Jordi FaulÃ, chief architect and construction coordinator at the Sagrada Familia, joins forces with architect Chiara Curti to welcome us for an exclusive tour of the exterior and interior of the Sagrada Familia.
Three of GaudÃ’s most exceptional original drawings are printed in their full format and tucked away in archival envelopes in the architect’s file. Examine the design for a quay that GaudÃ drew during his studies at the Llotja School and the Barcelona Higher School of Architecture in 1876, the original design for the facade of Casa Mila and the first urban study by the Sagrada Familia designed in 1916. Each suitable for framing and hung next to the case and books, which evoke the grandeur of GaudÃ’s interpretation of the Modernist movement, influenced by neo-Gothic art and oriental techniques.
Honoring GaudÃ’s legacy is a complicated quest, and this extravagant ARTIKA collection is the most comprehensive source to bring together the pieces that gave birth to the fantastic creations that differentiate Barcelona’s magnificent secular and sacred cityscape. Growing up in the rural countryside of Tarragona, a rocky region fertile in vineyards, olive groves and carob trees, GaudÃ has ââmeticulously observed nature and translates this beauty and biodiversity into architectural wonders that continue to amaze tourists and locals alike.
âThere are no straight lines or sharp angles in nature. Therefore, buildings should not have straight lines or sharp angles. _ Antoni Gaudi
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