It is the most comprehensive monographic exhibition dedicated to these arts in the last 50 years
Barcelona La Pedrera show a “new story” about the applied and decorative arts of Modernism in the exhibition Modernism: Art, tallers, INDUSTRIES from this Thursday until February 7th, announced Wednesday the director of the Foundation Catalunya – La Pedrera, Marta Lacambra.
Along with the director of the Culture of the Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera, Marga Viza, and curator and professor of art history at the University of Barcelona (UB) Mireia Freixa, it stressed that it is the largest solo exhibition dedicated to these arts in the last 50 years.
The selection draws a tour of the building of the last century and relive a time of momentous changes in the field of architecture and design with the recovery of “unknown aspects of recent history” and updating artistic trades, said Freixa .
The exhibition is the result of research in the university team with a montage Commissioner made an “extraordinary sensitivity,” which has a special lighting for each piece. With this exhibition, “Casa Mila regains its domestic value”, and a large window-usually hidden behind a curtain or ceiling, doors, columns, railings and floors of the building by Antoni Gaudí is recovered, stressed the Commissioner . One of the most spectacular pieces is a large stained glass window from the Museum of Cerdanyola del Valles, and one of the most delicate is a screen made of stained glass from broken glass modernist forms takes on a technique that only remained in Catalunya. It is a “liquid exposure” because the plot is given by the techniques used, stained glass, wrought iron and wood, flooring, textiles and jewelry, among others.
50 public and private collections
The exhibition brings together more than one hundred objects and numerous documents and photographs from the period from 50 public and private collections such as the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC), the Museum of Design in Barcelona, the Documentation Centre the Terrassa Textile Museum and the Library of Catalonia.
A new feature of the exhibition is precisely the focus on the creative process of decorative objects, from conception to consumption. Freixa has concluded that each piece is beautiful and unique, and noted that the Catalan Modernism is so aesthetic that hides the “glitz” of a bourgeois class through a style that then came to other layers of society.
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