Architekturzentrum Wien  

Gaudí. Architecture Ahead of its Time
An exhibition coordinated by the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona

Location: Architekturzentrum Wien - Old hall
Exhibition: 02 October 2014 - 02 November 2014
Opening Hours: daily 10am-7pm
Opening: Wednesday 1 October 2014, 7pm
Tickets: EUR 7,00 / EUR 4,50 reduced / free admission for medium partners

Speakers at the Opening:
Hannes Pflaum, President Az W
Daniel Giralt-Miracle, Curator of the Exhibition

The work of Antoni Gaudí is widely known by the general public and acclaimed and esteemed by the international expert world. UNESCO has declared many of his buildings part of the world cultural heritage. However, the spectacular exteriors of his buildings can lead us to forget that behind Gaudí’s architecture there is an express wish for functionality. The architect used an empirical approach that allowed him to rethink his own designs time and time again and to try out new solutions.

The exhibition “Gaudí. Architecture ahead of its Time” presents the immense range of Gaudí’s work in a way that allows it to be grasped, and shows the unusual and forward-looking methods that he applied in order to build his designs. The show is divided into several sections: the first part deals with the biography of the Catalan architect, while in the second his best-known buildings (Casa Batlló, La Pedrera, the Church of the Colònia Güell, Park Güell and Sagrada Família) are presented in the form of videos, plans and models. The third section deals with Gaudí’s early works many of which were of decisive importance for the development of the parabolic arch that he used so often, for instance in the Collegi de les Teresianes and the Torre de Bellesguard.

The exhibition also presents the models that Gaudí used to work out the structure of the church in the Colònia Güell, as well as Gaudí’s workshop and the site huts that he set up on the site of each of his buildings in order to produce models made of plaster, wood or clay directly on site. The architect used these models to empirically calculate the load-bearing structure and form of the respective building. He himself called this way of working “my experimental methods”¬ and – together with the most modern technology – it is still used today in the site hut of the Sagrada Família. The exhibition concludes with a chapter on Gaudí’s extensive design work, above all in the area of furniture.

Organisation: Generalitat de Catalunya, Government of the Region Catalonia
Curator: Daniel Giralt-Miracle
Coordination: National Museum for Catalan Art, Barcelona
Design and graphic implementation: Virgili
Assembly: Croquis, SL
Project coordination Az W: Alexandra Viehhauser

Guided Tours:
Sat, 04.10.2014, 9 pm
Wed, 15.10.2014, 6 pm
Sat, 01.11.2014, 5 pm

Over the course of the exhibition period a combination ticket is available:
Az W + Kunsthaus Wien (without temporary exhibition)
2 institutions – 1 ticket: EUR 15.-

Thanks to:
1714 / 2014 Catalonia Commemorating our past Changing our future
Generalitat de Catalunya, Government of Catalonia
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya

Public Funding:
Geschäftsgruppe - Stadtentwicklung, Verkehr, Klimaschutz, Energieplanung und BürgerInnenbeteiligung
The Arts Division and the Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria
Geschäftsgruppe Kultur und Wissenschaft

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The Exhibition "Gaudí. Architecture Ahead of its Time"

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