«Either a genius or a lunatic», was brought to Moscow an exhibition of Antonio Gaudi

© Photo : Palau Güell — Diputació de Barcelona. Photo: Ginger Studio Spyware Guell roof terrace«Either a genius or a lunatic», was brought to Moscow an exhibition of Antonio Gaudi© Photo : Palau Güell — Diputació de Barcelona. Photo: Ginger Studio Bcn

Say «Barcelona» — I mean «Gaudi». The great Catalan, Spanish author of a Grand unfinished Cathedral Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) — became the hero of the exhibition in the Moscow Museum of modern art. The Exhibition «Antoni Gaudí. Barcelona» dedicated to the 165th anniversary since the birth of the architect, will open to the public on may 24. Over 150 items occupy almost all the building on Petrovka.

The school of architecture lecturer, said of him: «Before you either a genius or a madman.» Today his legacy is taught in universities around the world, according to his Barcelona tour. Of the 17 buildings of the architect of the seven included in the list of UNESCO world heritage. Gaudi is commonly attributed to modernism, although anyone who has seen his creations unmistakably guess it surreal. No wonder Gaudi was the idol of another great Spaniard, Salvador Dali.

© Photo : André Playsega Nice. Layout«Either a genius or a lunatic», was brought to Moscow an exhibition of Antonio Gaudi© Photo : André Playsega Nice. Makeprecise curves and flowery patterns — in layouts and architect’s drawings as if he was missing the corners, only natural line that follows the silhouettes of the plants or the seabed topography. The fanciful and the fantastic shapes of its buildings produce the same effect as the wild mountain landscape, as if they, too, created at the whim of nature and not by human hands.

The exhibition organizers have tried to collect models, drawings and archival documents for all significant works of Gaudi, from the debut of the House of Barcelona to the innovative La Pedrera, from student sketches to the samples of furniture and decorative tiles from Park güell. Despite the fullness and variety, exposure is not enough color. Models of buildings made of white plaster, although in reality bright palette — another characteristic quality of Barcelona’s Gaudi. Perhaps this minimalism explains the desire of the curator to focus on the pure form of the architect’s plan.

© Photo courtesy of the press service of the multimedia ART Museum, Moscow / Nikita Berinvestasi «Antonio Gaudi. Barcelona» at the Moscow Museum of modern art«Either a genius or a lunatic», was brought to Moscow an exhibition of Antonio Gaudi© Photo courtesy of the press service of the multimedia ART Museum, Moscow / Nikita Berinvestasi «Antonio Gaudi. Barcelona» at the Moscow Museum of modern art

Of the four sections of the exhibition, one devoted entirely to the chronology of the construction of the Sagrada Familia, which is understandable, because gaudí began work on the Cathedral on the dawn of his career — 30 years — but never saw its completion, and at the end of life. The Church is not completed today, although it has long been a symbol of Barcelona and a place of pilgrimage for tourists. According to the curator of the exhibition Charo Sanjuán, the architect foresaw the fate of the Sagrada Familia.

«Starting work on the Cathedral, Gaudi knew three things. The first — that it is not completed this building, and the second that it continued the medieval tradition, when the temples are built by generations, and, third, that people will come from all over the world to see the temple. All this later turns out to be true,» said the curator.

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Record-long periods are not associated with the boundless imagination of Gaudi or its sluggishness — the architect managed not to interrupt the work on the Sagrada Familia, even when performed by other large orders, but with the historical context in which took place the construction of the temple.«Either a genius or a lunatic», was brought to Moscow an exhibition of Antonio Gaudi© RIA Novosti / Alexei to Dancespace in photobacteria with RIA Novosti: Catalonia

«During the life of gaudí, there were times when he had to stop work on the Sagrada Familia, because just do not have the money to pay the masons. Gaudí not only searched for additional funds among their friends, but also out on the street and asked for money for the construction of passers-by,» says Charo Sanjuán.

The architect’s enthusiasm was contagious. After the death of Gaudi in 1926, construction has not stopped, but after 10 years in Spain civil war broke out, after which came the world war II. Now work on the Cathedral continued, but very slowly — in particular, due to the large tourist flow that stretches into Barcelona from all over the world. The temple will be finished in 2026, almost 150 years after the start of construction. The opportunity to examine in detail how it will look one of the architectural gems of Spain, visitors to the Museum have now. The exhibition will run until 10 September 2017.

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