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Antoni Gaudí
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ARTIKA'S COLLECTION

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 A bilingual artist's book in Spanish and English, numbered by hand and limited to 4,998 copies, which brings together unpublished material about the architect and presents his most revealing facets, a legacy of extraordinary value.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).

 

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GALLERY

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STEPS PRODUCTION PROCESS

Proceso 1
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The books are bound by hand and the pages are attached to the covers with special adhesive. The pages of both books are sewn with high-quality cotton thread.

Proceso 2
2

The cover of the Art Book is an iron sheet die-cut with Gaudí's G in a font from the time, painted brown to create a rusted effect reminiscent of Gaudí's forged metal work.

Proceso 3
3

The trencadís (broken tile mosaic) on the covers is created with plastic overlay and high-relief UVI silk-screen printing, which is attached to stiff laminated card stock together with another piece of card stock with grain-long fibres.

Proceso 4
4

The 48 drawings, some of which have been die-cut according to the originals, are bound to the Art Book using three dots of adhesive. On the back of each sheet of paper there is a number and a stamp of origin.

 

Proceso 5
5

The architect's folder, crafted in card stock covered in paperboard, features a black fabric spine, die-cut with two headbands. Gaudí's signature is stamped on the front cover.

Proceso 6
6

The case-sculpture is made of wood to support the total weight of the books. Its interior is handcrafted with a special fabric with seams, to protect its contents and create a finer finish.

Proceso 7
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The figure of the Casa Milà "warrior" on the cover of the case is made using a mould that is filled with marble powder, which is marble dust mixed with resin. Once dry, it is removed from the mould and coated in an anti-graffiti varnish.

Proceso 8
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Both the wooden case and the figure are coated in textured paint. Finally, the artisan precisely assembles the reproduction of the sculpture of La Pedrera’s “warrior” on the cover of the case.

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Gaudí
ART BOOK
  • Bilingual edition, in Spanish and English.
  • Cover: iron covers in brown. Front cover die-cut with a G for Gaudí.
  • Endpapers in 0,52 lb (240 g) card stock. 4-colour process printing, matte laminated on 1 side + UVI silk-screen printing interior with relief on 0,44 lb (200 g) Tintoretto Gesso. Pages are hand-bound with cotton thread.
  • 38 drawings on 0,30 lb (140 g) Fedrigoni, Freelife Merida White + 10 prints on white offset 0,19 lb (90 g) Antalis Printspeed. 4-colour process printing, die-cut and numbered. The 38 drawings and 10 prints are bound to the Art Book with three adhesive dots.
  • 112 pages.
  • Size: 11,02 x 14,88 in (28 x 37,8 cm).
Gaudí
STUDY BOOK
  • Bilingual edition, in Spanish and English.
  • Cover: 0,52 lb (240 g) card stock. 4-colour process printing, matte laminated on 1 side + UVI silk-screen printing interior with relief.
  • Endpapers and interior in 0,37 lb (170 g) Creator Silk Art coated paper. 5-colour process printing (Pantone 4705 for brown ink, text in English) + soft protective varnish.
  • 360 pages.
  • Size: 11,02 x 14,88 in (28 x 37,8 cm).
Gaudí
ARCHITECT’S FOLDER
  • Architect’s folder in 0,09 in (2,5 mm) card stock covered with 0,88 lb (400 g) paperboard. Black fabric spine, die-cut with two headbands. Gaudí’s signature is stamped on the front cover.
  • 3 signed drawings, completely die-cut and folded like the originals: Casa Milà 1,75 x 3,68 in (44,5 x 93,5 cm), Embarcadero (Jetty) 2,99 x 1,9 in (76 x 50 cm), Sagrada Familia 2,06 x 2,63 in (52,5 x 67 cm).
  • 4-colour printing of the 3 designs in white offset 0,19 lb (90 g) Antalis Printspeed.
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CASE-SCULPTURE
  • Wooden case with marble sculpture finished in paint + cement powder + anti-graffiti varnishes. Interior lined with Naturlinnen fabric (2040).
  • Artist’s signature laser-carved into the left side of the chimney sculpture.
  • iSize: 13,9 x 17,7 x 7,5 in (35,5 x 45,1 x 19 cm).
  • Total weight of the work: 39,101 lb (17,736 kg).
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BIOGRAPHY

Gaudi

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.

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