Gaudí’s Barcelona

Antoni Gaudí’s relationship with Barcelona is almost one of brotherhood and mystic communion.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Barcelona had entered into a period of rapid growth in which modernism, the Catalan version of art nouveau, was the style of choice for the private homes of the emerging bourgeoisie and Gaudí was among those who saw this as an opportunity to realise his projects. The personality that the city acquired is due to a great extent to his creative and colourful works which gave Barcelona a completely innovative look which survives to this day.

Gaudí’s powerful personality and his dedication to his work meant that it was not just a passing fad or movement but the creation of a unique presence that goes beyond the city’s modernist look. Barcelona’s residents and tourists alike sense this, which is why visitors return year after year.

Thanks to Gaudí’s impact on the city, Barcelona continues to maintain this innovative image. It’s there, for example, in its pioneering approach to efficiency and recycling, values that are inherent in his works.

All of this architectural heritage has made Barcelona one of Europe’s greatest cities, as is reflected in an article in the prestigious U.S. newspaper The New York Times which has included Barcelona in its interactive travel section as one of 52 cities it recommends readers visit in 2016. The article, 52 Places to Go in 2016, focuses on the activities organised to mark the 90th anniversary of Gaudí’s death. It highlights our recently opened exhibition Walking with Gaudí as a key place to visit. The newspaper also highlights two Spanish cities: San Sebastián, which this year is the European Capital of Culture, and Málaga, which recently opened a temporary offshoot of the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

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