Born on 25 June 1852 in Reus (Tarragona), at 18 he moved to Barcelona to study architecture at the School of Fine Arts (La Lonja). He worked on several projects here, including the remodel of Parc de la Ciutadella, and after graduating he won a competition to design the public lighting in Barcelona’s Plaça Reial. He took over as chief architect of La Sagrada Família in 1883, continuing to participate in projects that feature the architectural innovations and imaginative artistic forms that made him an architect like no other: Casa Vicens (1883), Güell Pavilions (1884), Casa Botines, a building in León (1891), the start of Park Güell (1900), the renovation of Casa Batlló (1904), and Casa Milà, “La Pedrera” (1906). He worked exclusively on the Sagrada Familia from 1914 until his death, even moving onto the construction site in 1925. He died in a trolley car accident on 7 June 1926, and his remains rest in the crypt of the Sagrada Familia.
GAUDÍ EN PRIMER PLANO
The history of Catalan Modernist architecture is built on the name of Antoni Gaudí, the genius inextricably linked to the city of Barcelona, an artist whose work and style have transcended borders.
ARTIKA presents Gaudí up close, a project that began to take shape more than a decade ago to reveal some of the most revealing facets of the artist which, despite their historical significance, had never been seen by the public before. A bilingual artist's book in Spanish and English, numbered by hand and limited to 4,998 copies, which brings together unpublished material about the architect and presents his most revealing facets, a legacy of extraordinary value.
The work is displayed in a wooden case-sculpture, a handcrafted reproduction of one of the iconic chimneys of Casa Milà (La Pedrera), known as the "warriors". The case contains two volumes and an architect's portfolio that offer unique and detailed insight into the artist.
The Art Book features 48 drawings by Gaudí in their original size, the perfect way to discover the most evocative, rich, surprising, and stunning details of Gaudí's universe. The Study Book offers a selection of never-before-published articles about Gaudí from the experts: architect and director of the Gaudí Chair, Juan José Lahuerta; architects Jordi Faulí and Chiara Curti; art historian Joan Aicart; and Dr. Mireia Freixa, provides a detailed analysis of the drawings.
The architect's folder contains the reproduction of three plans of some of Gaudí’s major projects, kept in archival envelopes: a beautiful design for a pier (1876); the original project for the façade of Casa Milà (1906); and the first urban study of the Sagrada Familia (1916).