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  • Casa Terradas - Casa de les Punxes

    Casa Terradas - Casa de les Punxes

    Discover this unique house, its designer and the legend that brings them together.
    A "large Gothic castle" standing in the middle of Barcelona's Avinguda Diagonal catches the eye of any visitor to the city. The "Casa de les Punxes" (House of Spikes) is really a residential block built in the shape of medieval castle which is one of the most recognisable modernista landmarks on the Barcelona skyline.
    A unique opportunity to delve into a fantastical world of knights, princesses and dragons. You'll also be able to visit the rooftop and enjoy amazing views of the city!.

  • New Opening Casa Vicens (Gaudí)

    New Opening Casa Vicens (Gaudí)

    Antoni Gaudí is synonymous with Barcelona, and places like the Sagrada Família, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera, Park Güell, Torre Bellesguard and Palau Güell are visited by hundreds of thousands of people from across the world each year, firmly establishing Gaudí as one of the foremost architects of his time. As such, it's exciting to know that this autumn sees the opening up of the first house he designed, with the public finally getting extended access to Casa Vicens (in the past it was open only on May 22, the feast day of Saint Rita), which was completed in 1888. Gaudí had actually received the commission from Manuel Vicens i Montaner, a brick and tile factory owner, some years earlier; Vicens had inherited the land, which at the time stood in the independent village of Gràcia, and wanted to build a summer house there. In its design, the recently graduated Gaudí makes extensive use of colour and tiles, with Arabic, oriental and neoclassical influences. The beginnings of his singular style and inventiveness are clearly on show.

    "Barcelona is art nouveau; it's Gaudí. I visited the Sagrada Familia, the Palau Güell and even the Torre Bellesguard, but the Casa Vicens was closed this year. You'll be able to visit in 2017 when it opens to the public for the first time."

  • 150th anniversary of Puig i Cadafalch

    150th anniversary of Puig i Cadafalch

    Among the pantheon of modernista architects responsible for many of the elegantly splendid buildings around the city, Josep Puig i Cadafalch is undoubtedly one of the stars. Several of his Barcelona works are unmissable highlights of that movement's legacy: Casa Amatller, Casa de les Punxes, Palau Baró de Quadras and Casa Martí, home to Els Quatre Gats café, a popular meeting-place for artists and intellectuals at the turn of the 20th century, and Casa Ramona, which is now home to the CaixaForum cultural centre. But Puig i Cadafalch wasn't just an architect: he was also a politician, an archaeologist and expert in Roman art, and director of the Institute of Catalan Studies. In the 150th anniversary of his birth, 2017 will see a range of activities related to his life and work in both Barcelona and his nearby home town of Mataró. Exhibitions, conferences and guided tours are just part of the plans for what promises to be a memorable celebration of architecture.

    "A tribute to this architect, politician and archaeologist who was one of Barcelona's most influential figures. His art nouveau, or modernista, landmarks are must-see attractions. You'll be able to enjoy walking tours, exhibitions and talks about Puig i Cadafalch and his works."

    Download the Puig i Cadafalch's Houses Passaport and enjoy discounts to visit them.

  • Visit to the Mansana de la Discòrdia

    Visit to the Mansana de la Discòrdia

    The professional rivalry between Domènech i Montaner, Puig i Cadafalch and Antoni Gaudí led to one of the most curious and iconic sections of the Passeig de Gràcia and the City of Barcelona

    Cases Singulars (Unique Houses) gives a guided tour to discover the legend of Mansana de la Discòrdia, a Bourgeois residential center dating back to the beginning of the 20th century, formed basically by the Casa Amatller, the Casa Lleó i Morera and the Casa Batlló.

    And to make your visit even sweeter, a cup of melted chocolate will be served at the Casa Amatller.

  • Musical Residencies

    Musical Residencies

    In the autumn, Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation will once again offer its own approach to music at La Pedrera, continuing to recommend young musical talent through a new season of the Musical Residencies cycle.

    Those selected for the sixth year of the series are the soprano Sara Blanch, the pianist Adrian Blanco, and the guitarist Izan Rubio. All of them are young Catalans with recognised talent and emerging careers who are currently also promoting themselves abroad.
    As in previous years, the scheduled programme involves concerts at La Pedrera on the third Sunday of every month in the afternoon. The new feature begins on 17th of September and ends on 20th of May. Meanwhile, the cycle continues to alternate the residents: every three months each of them feature in a different concert to offer the public a season of concerts with a more varied, attractive programme. This format allows the residents to work on their programmes for longer while remaining associated with the Foundation’s Residency programme throughout the season.

  • The hidden side of the Palau Güell

    The hidden side of the Palau Güell

    The photographer, Ramon Manent, has dedicated himself to photographing the hidden and secluded corners of the Palau Güell. The exhibition "The hidden side of the Palau Güell", is the result of this venture. It is a collection of photographs that runs through the corners and rooms of the palace in a highly original way.An opportunity to observe this magnificent work of modernism, from unusual viewpoints, which brings us closer to details which are no longer accessible. It places even more value on the brilliance of Gaudí and his team of industrial workers.

  • Days of Music at Sant Pau Recinte Modernista

    Days of Music at Sant Pau Recinte Modernista

    Music returns this autumn to fill the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site with sound. From 22 October to 17 December, the Pau Gil Room will provide the setting for great artists to captivate us with their music.

    Allow yourselves to be seduced by this magnificent historical venue while enjoying a rich and varied range of melodies.

  • J. Puig i Cadafalch seen by Ramon Manent

    J. Puig i Cadafalch seen by Ramon Manent

    The Barcelona Design Museum joins the commemoration of the year Puig i Cadafalch with an exhibition by the photographer Ramon Manent. This time, Ramon Manent's camera gives us his particular view of the most significant works of the architect.

  • Puig i Cadafalch. Architect of Catalonia.

    Puig i Cadafalch. Architect of Catalonia.

    The commemoration in 2017 of the Puig i Cadafalch year closes with this exhibition, which displays all the artistic and professional facets of this outstanding Catalan. Architect, urban-planner, art restorer and historian, Puig i Cadafalch was also a noted politician for the Catalan movement from 1901 and became President of the Commonwealth of Catalonia. The exhibition "Puig i Cadafalch. Architect of Catalonia" shows how he stood out in all fields in which he was involved, and how he suffered persecution and exile at political and social level. However this did not deter him from working for Catalonia right to the end.

  • Casa Vicens, the first masterpiece of Antoni Gaudí: Manifesto of his work

    Casa Vicens, the first masterpiece of Antoni Gaudí: Manifesto of his work

    The permanent collection, which occupies the whole second floor, is the cornerstone of the Casa Vicens Gaudí museum and will act as a foundation for the rest of the exhibitions and installations scheduled.

    The permanent collection is based on the social and cultural context in Barcelona when Casa Vicens was being designed (1883-1885), looking more closely at the beginning of the career of a young Antoni Gaudí through his influences, reflections, first projects, works and collaborations, to then focus on the original project and construction of Casa Vicens and how it changed over the years, above all explaining how the building techniques and art, structures and ornamentation all come together to form a single whole. It is in this final aspect that Casa Vicens is conceived as a whole art work.

    This collection begins with an audiovisual piece and continues with original pieces from the house and three interactive tables with historical documents, plans, models and the more unique and representative building and decorative materials from the House.

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