GuellTrenca

One of most famous symbols of Barcelona’s identity, the mosaic technique used by Gaudí, like many artists in Catalan Art Nouveau, is still in vogue.   The name of this technique comes from the main feature perceived at first sight: broken tiles, plates and cups. Trencar means in Catalan ‘To break’, hence trencadís is the equivalent for ‘breakable’.… Read More


Josep Puig i Cadafalch, famous portrait by Ramón Casas

Take a glass of Codorníu, 2017 has been declared the year of Josep Puig i Cadafalch due to his century-and-a-half anniversary. This year, many institutions are offering several events to commemorate the birthday of this master architect, archeologist and politician. In addition, it’s been 100 years since he became president of Catalonia. L’any Puig i Cadafalch,… Read More


Palau de la Musica Catalana

Lluís Domènech i Montaner There’s a master behind every genius. And there would be no Gaudí without Lluis Domènech i Montaner. My first impression discovering Catalan Art Nouveau or “Modernisme” in architecture was to experience how this personality, considered the spirit of this epic movement, still hasn’t received honorable mentions enough to value what he represents for… Read More


Palau de la Musica

Modernisme is a cultural movement that started in Europe in the nineteenth century. In other countries it was known as Art Nouveau, Jugendstil, Stile Floreale, etc.  It was based in nature, curved lines and asymmetry, created as a reaction to bourgeois conservatism. Catalan Modernisme was also a political and cultural movement that sought to transform… Read More