June 10, 2014- Pere Jordi Figuerola Rotger, one of the three founding members of The Gaudí Research Institute, presented the Congress last weekend, during the Vernissage of the Venice Biennale. The international artistic community gathered at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition was testimony of all the details revealed about the Gaudí 1st World Congress Barcelona 2014, to be held in Barcelona from October 6 to 10, at the Historic Building of the University of Barcelona (UB). Carlos Canals, Co-Founder of Gaudí Congress, also attended the presentation.
The iconic Paradiso Bar was the place chosen for the occasion. The bar is located at the entrance to the Giardini of the Biennale di Venezia and has seen countless presentations and events held throughout its various editions.
In front of this great showcase of art, which bring together the most influential international architects, designers and critics, Pere Jordi Figuerola presented the results of more than 30 years of work and research of the TGRI: the Gaudí 1st World Congress Barcelona 2014.
“Gaudí was forgotten in his own land, due to lack of understanding, sometimes even considered as a madman, while awakening all the admiration of the Bauhauss, the most important School of art and architecture of the 20th-century in Germany“(…) “Only some eccentric characters, like Salvador Dalí, took it into account in our country, even to demand to be placed photographs of the works of Gaudí in the exhibition that the genius of Figueres showed, in 1936, at the MOMA in New York” (…) “From the TGRI, we work with documentation that shows how a great Gaudí began to create a new architecture from forms that only he saw in nature, applying constructive ways never used before” (…) “Also on how Gaudí began to become a co-architect, needing help from friends and visions from other disciplines, announcing what would be the Co-working” (…) “And about how the Church at Colònia Güell became the laboratory of the genius, becoming the most amazing workshop, as far as architectural innovation goes, of the 20th century, the place where all of Gaudí’s creativity exploded.”
Pere Jordi Figuerola also confirmed “Peter Knaup’s participation in the Congress with his own presentation. This prestigious Franco-German photographer, winner of many awards, decided in 1972, after finishing his studies, to spend 6 months in Barcelona photographing Gaudí’s works.”
The Congress will be the first of the 7 scheduled conferences to be held biennially in Barcelona, each of them focused to the study, although not exclusive, of one of the works of Gaudí. The Gaudí 1stWorld Congress Barcelona 2014 will be based on studies that have been conducted on the Church at Colònia Güell (Santa Coloma de Cervelló, Barcelona), a project that began in 1908 and last unfinished. It became the most amazing workshop, as far as architectural innovation goes, of the 20th century, the place where all of Gaudí’s creativity exploded.